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Goliath Heron

Goliath Heron
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron AF70-300mmF/4-5.6Di-LD-MACRO 1:2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-09 7:12
Viewed: 1898
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had captured this Goliath Heron at Lake Panic, Skukuza, Kruger National Park. It was early morning and unfortunately sun was just in front of my lens. To me it was a difficult shot.

Goliath Heron (Ardia goliath), also known as the Giant Heron, is the largest wading bird of Heron Family. It is found Sub-saharan Africa.


* Height - 130-152 cm
* Wingspan - 185-230 cm
* Weight - 4-5 kg
* Male and female look similar, with overall covering of slate grey and chestnut feathers.

* The Goliath Heron has a distinctive bark, audible from a distance up to 2 Km.
* Goliath Herons are solitary foragers.
* They eat mainly frogs, prawns, lizards, snakes, insects etc...
* Eggs are pale blue.

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Hello Srikumar

The background light and blur with the subject in its fishing pose
it is giving a beautiful atmosphere effect to the photo, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-09 11:41]

Hi Srikumar,beautiful heron specie taken in its natural habitat in a very nice composition,not easy because light and distance but a very professional result,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-01-09 12:18]

Hello Srikumar,
Beautiful photo of this Goliath Heron in splendid light and good sharpness. Nice soft background. The vertical composition was a good idea.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2016-01-09 12:36]

Hi Srikumar.
I like attractive colours of the shot so much and welcome vertical orientation of the picture with nice natural scenery. Bird and water vegetation are reproduced very well. Timing is also excellent. TFS and best regards.

Hello Srikumar,
Brilliant capture. Excellent clarity, focus and sharp details. The colors are nice and natural.
Thanks for sharing this lovely specie.

Hello Srikumar
Wow, what an impressive looking heron. You've captured him nicely in his natural environment. The colours and composition is good, including notes.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-01-12 5:42]

Hi Srikumar,
Nice shot, despite the difficult light is with lots of details
and nice colours.
Regards Jiri.

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