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Grey Heron catching a small fish

Grey Heron catching a small fish
Photo Information
Copyright: mikio kato (lazyman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 141 W: 13 N: 192] (1023)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Pentax DA 50-200mm f4.0-5.6
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-06-12 9:32
Viewed: 2672
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photograph was taken in Kiyosumi Garden in Tokyo Koto-ku. This garden was a stroll garden and was the residence of the wealthy merchant of the Edo period. Now, Tokyo metropolitan manages here and presents to general public. There is a big pond in the center inside the garden, and the pine tree, rocks, stone lantern and the bridge are arranged so that it may be surrounded. If I go to this garden, I will meet the Egret and Grey Heron other than many carps of a pond. Although the egret was not seen on that day, I saw the Grey Heron. It moved and stopped to the roof of tea house or the stone lantern. And, if it is hungry, it will come to the rocks of the edge of a pond and will capture the small fish which is in a pond with its sharp eye and a long beak. The Grey Heron of this garden does not escape easily, even if people approach near
it. It seems to use to human being. I had followed together the motion of a Grey Heron for a while. This photograph catches the moment of having caught small fish out of the pond and inserting into a beak. Seemingly, it will not end this action, unless this bird also captures what ten fish. It is 88 - 98 cm full length. Weight is 1.2 - 1.8 kg. And, the upper surface is covered with the bluish gray feather. It inhabits a river, a lake, a marshland, a tidal flat, a paddy field, etc. Feeding habits are animal foods and eat fishes, amphibians, small mammals, the crustacea, an insect, etc.

1. Scientific Classification:
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: A. cinerea

2. Catching moment from another angle: workshop

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-06-12 9:37]

brilliant capture and great timing ! .. well composed and presented ..

regards, nuri :D

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-12 11:42]

Hi Mikio,a small dinner for the heron,but a great pic,it must to be proud to be taken by you..ehehe..the details and the colors are really fantastics,the best point of view too to see the small fish,perfect exposure too.Have a good night and thanks,Luciano

Dear Mikio
I like very much your action photo and have added your work to my theme "Animals feeding"

The clean, clear water is fascinating together with the sharp details in and on the water's edge

Thanks for sharing
Greetings from South Africa

Hi Mikio,
I like this bird. Very good white balance. Nice composition. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Helo Mikio.
Amazing capture with amazing clarity. I really like the looks of feet underwater. In my area, the heron is a very elusive bird. Always the photographed from afar.

Dear Mikio
照的很清晰 這鏡頭也很困難照的到 恭喜你成功
構圖美麗 尤其是水很美麗 輕輕蕩漾

Hello Mikio
Beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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