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Indian pond Heron

Indian pond Heron
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-16 8:07
Viewed: 2634
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was captured at Dal Lake in Kashmir. The herons were in plenty at Dal Lake. This heron was siting at our house boat. Thanks for standing by.

The Indian Pond Heron or Paddybird (Ardeola grayii) is a small heron. It is of Old World origins, breeding in southern Iran and east to India, Burma, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They are widespread and common but can be easily missed when they stalk prey at the edge of small water-bodies or even when they roost close to human habitations. They are however distinctive when put to flight, the bright white wings flashing in contrast to the cryptic streaked olive and brown colours of the body. The camouflage is so excellent that they will often allow humans to approach very close before taking to flight, and this has resulted in folk names and beliefs that the birds are short-sighted or blind.

They appear stocky with a short neck, short thick bill and buff-brown back. In summer, adults have long neck feathers. Its appearance is transformed from their dull colours when they take to flight, when the white of the wings makes them very prominent. It is very similar to the Squacco Heron, Ardeola ralloides, but is darker-backed. To the east of its range, it is replaced by the Chinese Pond Heron, Ardeola bacchus.

During the breeding season, there are records of individuals with red legs. The numbers do not suggest that this is a normal change for adults during the breeding season and some have suggested the possibility of it being genetic variants

They are very common in India, and are usually solitary foragers but numbers of them may sometimes feed in close proximity during the dry seasons when small wetlands have a high concentration of prey. They are semi-colonial breeders. They may also forage at garbage heaps. During dry seasons, they sometimes take to foraging on well watered lawns or even dry grassland. When foraging, they allow close approach and flush only at close range. They sometimes form communal roosts, often in avenue trees over busy urban areas.

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Ciao Sujoy, lovely heron in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Sujoy my neighbour today,
excellent photo of this bird. Great point of view. Great sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-16 8:57]

Hi SUjoy,not the best sharpness but a very position and light balance,i like the excellent contrast whit this strange and nice grey background.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Sujoy,
Very good photo of this heron, like one Ardeola ralloides, nice colors and very good details, TFS!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-16 11:38]

Hello Sujoy,
Nice photo of this Indian Pond Heron. The sharpness is not total, but beautiful natural colours and a nice contrasting grey background.

Ciao Sujoy. Fantastic light and colours against a super BG.


Bonjour Sujoy,
Agréable valorisation du sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-17 12:23]

Hello Sujoy.
Great capture, excellent composition and pov, good sharpness and nice depth of field, lovely colors and very good light.Best regards Siggi

Hi Sujoy,
Very nice photo with enough detail. Beautiful natural colours and great DOF.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-11-25 9:37]

Hello Sujoy,
A very fine capture of this Pond Heron in a nice pose and in beautiful light. Great sharpness and lovely natural colours too. Personally I'd love to see more space in front of the subjects you capture; an old photographic rule that usually works best, I think.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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