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Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 271 W: 0 N: 286] (3684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-25 6:43
Viewed: 4711
Points: 22
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We see this heron on out boat tour to the village of Ganvie

Ganvie is a lake village in Benin, lying in Lake Nokoué, near Cotonou. With a population of around 20,000 people, it is probably the largest lake village in Africa and as such is very popular with tourists. The village was established in the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries by the Tofinu people, established on the lake because the Dan-Homey's religion forbade the Fon warriors from entering water, therefore the lagoon was a safe territory for other tribes. Originally based on farming, the village's main industries other than tourism are now fishing and fish farming.

The village was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 31st, 1996 in the Cultural category
The herons are wading birds in the Ardeidae family. Some are called egrets or bitterns instead of herons. Within the family, all members of the genera Botaurus and Ixobrychus are referred to as bitterns, and - including the Zigzag Heron or Zigzag Bittern - are a monophyletic group within the Ardeidae. However, egrets are not a biologically distinct group from the herons, and tend to be named differently because they are mainly white and/or have decorative plumes. Although egrets have the same build as the larger herons, they tend to be smaller.

The classification of the individual heron/egret species is fraught with difficulty, and there is still no clear consensus about the correct placement of many species into either of the two major genera, Ardea and Egretta. Similarly, the relationship of the genera in the family is not completely resolved. However, one species formerly considered to constitute a separate monotypic family Cochlearidae, the Boat-billed Heron, is now regarded as a member of the Ardeidae.

Although herons resemble birds in some other families, such as the storks, ibises and spoonbills, they differ from these in flying with their necks retracted, not outstretched. They are also one of the bird groups that have powder down.

Some members of this group nest colonially in trees, others, notably the bitterns, use reedbeds (wikipedia)

Exposure Time: 1/332
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 275/1 mm
Date Taken: 2009-03-01 16:50

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-25 8:06]

Hi Achim.
I like this cute shot so much. Pictured scene is very impressive. You have captured elegant heron at so attractive moment. I like wonderful DOF, excellent sharpness of the FG and main subject and nice blurriness of the remote vegetation. My compliments and TFS.

Hello Achim,
a fantastic scene, you have captured this Egretta with very good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours in a vvery nice composition.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-25 10:20]

Hello Achim,
A very well done presentation. Good colors, sharp, esquisite lighting and an excellent POV.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Achim, superb capture of wonderful heron in fantastic pose, splendid composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-25 12:51]

Hello Achim,
An excellent capture of a Little Egret fishing while standing on a fishing net!
Great sharpness, POV and composition, though the horizon tilts a little to the right.
Fine shot though!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-05-25 14:54]

Hi Achim. Very fine nature photo. I love to see these beautiful elegant birds. The clarity of the bird, and freedome from OE along with the DOF effect is a very fine result. Excellent notes as always. TFS. Murray.

hello Achim

WOW ! i would say an Olympian Heron !
superb timing to shoot it in photo,
fine POV & framing, superb focus on it
with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


hello Achim
particularly beautiful moment,good presentation and photo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-26 1:47]

Lieber Achim,
Sehr originelles und feines Bild, das Du am Nakoué-See aufgenommen hast. Dies scheint auch das erste Bild aus Benin auf TN zu sein! Danke auch für den Beglettext, ist für solche Orte sehr "helpful".
Schöne dezentrierte Komposition einen sehr beschäftigten Reiher zeigend. Mir gefallen die subtilen grau-blau Töne des Bildes auch sehr.
Herzliche Grüsse

Hi Achim,

The point of view is showing the details and colors of the heron stanfing on the line. The subject is well framed. The blur background has a good effecty on the foreground. The light is enhancing the colors of the bird. Have a nice day.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-27 3:55]

Hi Achim,
a very special shot with the heron is such a special and unique pose. Lovely white against the soft greyish background. Excellent proportion in great graphical presentation.


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