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Black- headed Heron II

Black- headed Heron II
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-29 14:38
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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The Black-headed Heron is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Ardeidae bird family group which includes birds such as Egrets, Herons, Bitterns.The Black-headed Heron is known in Afrikaans as Swartkopreier.The head is coloured black while the bill is colored greyish/black. The Ardea melanocephala has a black coloured throat, black legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are orange/yellow.
This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.
The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.
The Black-headed Heron is found in the Southern African wetlands, riverine forests and moist grasslands.
You can see the Black-headed Heron bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds.

Image taken in RAW, ISO800, Aperture priority mode and evaluative metering system.
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To ana974: Beautiful pairmwmod99 2 08-30 06:08
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beautiful pair, TFS Ori

Yes!beautiful pair! TFS,aNa

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-29 20:09]

Hi George,
Excellent colours,detail and perfectly sharp photo.
Composition and background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-08-29 23:32]

wonderful background color makes great effect for the subjects. good emotions. wonderful species. good work.

Hi George,

everything is absolutely perfect, sharpness, composition, but in the sky there is some violet (or purple), just behind the herons, being distracting and looking unnatural.Often appreciating your quest for formal perfection, i don't understand what it is, a mistake or something desired.For the rest as usual....



Ciao George, great capture of lovely couple in nice pose, perfect focus, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello friend George,
very good sharpness and point of view. Many details. Great composition. Nice natural colours, great black feathers that contrast with the blue of the sky and the red eye of birds.
Thanks for sharing,

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-30 4:11]

Black is beautiful and this image is excellent proof. Beautiful herons in fine pose and lovely image. tfs.

Great capture of beautiful pair.


Bonjour George,
Superbe maitrise de la lumière créant un remarquable effet de contre-jour tout en faisant resplendir de somptueuses couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello george,
Another perfect shot from you. Wonderful colors, exceptional sharp details and lovely contrast against the dark blue sky.
Amazing composition.

  • cobra112 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
  • [2011-08-30 7:27]

Ciao Gerge. Magic atmosphere. The perfect contrast so like the DOF. Impressive like. Great shot MF!


  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-08-30 9:22]

nice composition and wonderful colors!

Hello George
Beautiful birds and another excellent photo. The lighting is fantastic

Hello George friend!
The birds are in a perfectly harmonious pose, but best of all is that sky as background! WOW! ... Another beautiful photo friend George! Greetings and thanks for sharing !....

Hello George,
Another perfect capture like all your images posted here. Well done!

  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-30 16:13]

Hi George,what say about this fantastic beauty? It's another top class pic and a beautiful situation too,magnificent quality as usual,just my greats compliments for this professional work.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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