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Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
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Copyright: Vinay Sinha (vinaymms) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 118] (635)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-19 2:46
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Points: 6
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Here is another shot of the Purple Heron taken at the Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Noida (India).

About Purple Heron:

The Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, breeding in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia. The European populations are migratory, wintering in tropical Africa; the more northerly Asian populations also migrate further south within Asia.

The Purple Heron is a large bird, 8090 cm tall, with a 120150 cm wingspan, but slender for its size, weighing only 0.5-1.3 kg. It is similar to grey heron, but with darker, chestnut-buffy to purplish-brown tones, particularly to neck and underparts.

The Purple Heron breeds in colonies in reed beds or trees close to large lakes or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest. It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish, frogs, insects, small mammals, reptiles and small birds. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim

It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The long neck of Purple Heron looks particularly snake-like, with more of an S-shape in flight. The call is a loud croaking "krek".

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: purpurea

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Heron
2. A Field Guide to the Birds of India by Krys Kazmierczak

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Hello Vinay,

an very nice inflight shot from this Heron with good pov, sharpness and details.
Fine colors.
Good use of light.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-19 6:47]

Fine flight image of this heron, I like the position of the wings, lovely. tfs.

Hello Vinay,
congratulations for the beautiful picture, excellent sharpness and color.
An elegant flight of the 'Purple Heron, beautiful POV
Hello Vanni

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