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How does he always do that?

How does he always do that?
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Copyright: Vishal Sabharwal (shal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D AF ED, UV Filter
Exposure: f/4, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds' interaction with different bird species [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-24 9:14
Viewed: 4422
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The one with the fish is Mr.Painted Stork

The Painted Stork, Mycteria leucocephala, is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae.

It is a tropical species which breeds in Asia from India and Sri Lanka to southeast Asia. It is a resident breeder in lowland wetlands with trees. The large stick nest is built in a forest tree, and 2-5 eggs is a typical clutch.

The Painted Stork is a broad winged soaring bird. Like all storks, it flies with its neck outstretched.

The adult is a large bird, 95-100cm tall, mainly white with black flight feathers. The head is red, and the long downcurved bill is yellow. The tail and legs are pink, and there is dark barring on the breast. Juvenile birds are a duller version of the adult, generally browner and lacking the bright colours of the adult.

The Painted Stork walks slowly and steadily in shallow waters or adjacent wet grassland seeking its prey, which, like that of most of its relatives, includes fish, frogs and large insects. It sweeps its head from side to side with its bill half open in water as it hunts for fish.

& On the right we have Ms.Grey Heron

The Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds retreat in winter from the ice in colder regions.

It is a large bird, standing 90-100 cm tall, with a 175-195 cm wingspan and a weight of 1-2 kg. Its plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. Adults have a white head with a broad black supercilium and slender crest, while immatures have a dull grey head. It has a powerful pinkish-yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks.
This species breeds in colonies in trees close to lakes or other wetlands, although it will also nest in reed beds. It builds a bulky stick nest.

It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish or frogs with its long, sharp bill. Herons will also take small mammals and birds. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.

The call is a loud croaking "fraaank".

Shot at Okhla Bird Park
ISO - 400

Cheers :D

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hi vishal,
lovely capture,
well composed shot,
the reflcetions looks lovely,
nice pov,
tfs & regards

Good framed, good composition. I like simplicity of this photo. Good job. Bravo. Best regards, Cezar T.

P.S. The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is in Romania, too, but Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) not. The last is a beautiful bird.

Hi Vishal,
I like a lot this scene.
It seems to have been done with a large focal lenght, but it's really good the clear and simple of the image.
The POV and reflections are the main subject here, I would say.
Great light to catch this moment.
Wonderful composition.
Congratulations, thanks for share and greetings,

Beautiful shot and very well caught. Excellent

hi vishal!
what a beautiful photo!
nice lightning and very
fine composition
well done!

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-01-24 10:20]

Great shot Vishal. You are lucky to get to the composition two different birds and so well composed.TFS.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-24 10:29]

Hello Vishal,
great image of these two herons. The grey heron seems to wait patiently until Mr. Painted drops a smal part of the fish. Does she know him well or is all her waiting in vain?
The image is great anyhow,
Best regards, JAcob

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-24 11:00]

Hi Vishal,

What a beautiful picture! The subjects, the reflections and the simplicity make it a winner.



Hi Vishal ,
excellent shot with great composition.
very well captured.
thanks and regards

Hi Vishal

Magnificent! This is a wonderful sight. Expertly photographed. Congratulations!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-24 12:05]

Muy bonita captura Vishal con una composción muy estética a partir de una maravillosa reflexión que se confunde con la misma imagen.
La gran luminosidad, la quietud de las aguas y el adecuado foco brindan excelentes detalles y colorido con apropiado encuadre y presentación.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Very beautiful capture Vishal with a very aesthetic composción starting from a wonderful reflection that it confuse with the same image.
The great brightness, the still of the waters and the appropriate focus offer excellent details and coloring with suitable framing and presentation.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Very nice svene.
I hear the heron saying "you have to share"

hi vishal

still a terrible photograph a composition has any splendid test of the colors and a clearness impecable cheer


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-24 17:50]

Hola Vishal.- Estas hermosas Garzas lucen exelentemente en las quietas aguas. su reflejo es muy bello en el agua. Saludos Luis52.

Hi Vishal,
Top shot...simplicity with excellent light and composition. Good camera work.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-25 0:18]

Hi Vishal,
Beautiful reflections make a lovely composition.
Badruddin Ali

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-25 1:53]

Hello Vishal,
What a smart composition with a nice couple of bird !
The "+++" : lovely subject, composition, reflection, point of view, sharpness, colors, exposure, instructive note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-25 7:24]

Excellente composition!

Hello Vishal,

Excllent composed and capture photo excllent details very crisp, perfect detail svery well composed and capture

TFS Kyle

Belle photo, d' un dejeune frugale,bonne netteté,bon détails. Amitiés Thomas

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-01-28 12:24]

hi Vishal,
magifique image tout en reflet. L'un attend son heure, l'autre déguste son festin. Très belle prise.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-14 15:38]

hello Vishal
really interesting and different subtypes of storks for me. i like timing and reflections in your photo. composition, point of view, colours, details and note are great

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-15 18:30]

A love this shot - brilliant reflection and sharpness.


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-25 15:48]

Splendid capture with a nice reflection. Sharp, well-exposed and composed. Well done.

Hi Shal,
looks to me they are floating in the air,
the water is soo calm and still, the title is nice very apt for the image,
Did he share the fish with the other bird?

Hello Vishal,
What a lovely image!
I like the interaction between the two birds a lot, as the one behind is observing carefully what is going on...
Attractive composition with fine reflections!
Pablo -

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