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Pond Heron #1

Pond Heron #1
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 3:25
Viewed: 4110
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardeola

The Javan Pond Heron, Ardeola speciosa is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, found in shallow fresh and salt-water wetlands in southeast Asia. Its diet comprises insects, fish, and crabs.

The Javan Pond Heron is typically 45cm long with white wings, a yellow bill with a black tip, yellow eyes and legs. Its overall colour is orange, slaty and white during mating season, and brown and flecked with white out of the mating season. The non-breeding plumage is like the Chinese(Ardeola bacchus) and Indian(Ardeola grayii)pond herons', virtually indistinguishable in the field. It breeds from June to September. It is migratory.

Widespread throughout its large range, the Javan Pond Heron is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


There are relatives of Indian Pond Heron namely, Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus) and Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola Speciosa). These three species, by one literature, said that their plumage are almost indistinguishable when not in mating season.
The Pond Heron in this picture is in non-breeding plumage. Javan Pond Heron is more local to Thailand.

The sharpness may be in question because of distant and cropping. Also sorry for busy or dirty environment as this place is closed to city and you know we are not so friendly to nature.

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bon cadrage de ce heron, les couleurs bonnes et le fond également

Hello Jitti,
Nicely catched! The sharpness isn't maybe perfect but it's pretty good. I like the croping. The light is very good too.

Hi Jitti

Great image. Perfect pose, lovely colours. Good natural habitat. Very nice work. :-)

Good shot Jitti, good result for the S3, sharpness iOK on my monitor.

Hi Jitti,
A very nice shot on this Pond Heron. Nice green coloring showing on the legs and head area. You cropped it into a good composition.

Hello Jitti,
This is interesting to see the differences between this Heron and the one that I know. This one looks smaller and chubbier than ours. This is a nice capture of it with excellent POV, lightning and details. Thanks!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-08 10:10]

Hi Jitti.
Excellent bright and clear colours of this great sharpened expressive shot. I like the lighting, exposure and contrast so much. Perfect cropping, natural enough scenery and wonderful note. My compliments and TFS.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-01-08 10:44]

Hi JC,
Beautifully composed shot. Exposure and framing are great, maybe not so sharp but considering the distance it's ok.
TFS and for the informative note

Hello JC,
The colour of the BG, even though grimy in outlook, provides a fine backdrop against which the Heron stands out distinctly.
The profile view of the bird is quite elegant.
Please accept my belated New Year's greetings.
Warm regards,

  • blakitan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
  • [2007-01-08 15:08]

Hi Jitti,
Great capture of this heron. Well composed picture. Sharp.
Very nice shot.

Ben Lakitan
[will be back later]

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-08 15:30]

Hello Jitti,
Great composition with nice POV,
very good details and nice colours.
Well done.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-01-08 15:47]

Hi Jitti,
Not so easy to catch these guys as they are definately not camera friendly.A nice capture with a glimpse of its habitat.Good contrast and light.
Regards, David

Hola Jitti,
Excelente captura y bella composición con gran nitidez. Un saludo

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-08 21:08]

Hello Jitti

A very good capture of this heron.The composition is very good catching it in a muddy natural setting.The colours look very natural.Very informative notes too.Well done.TFS


Bonjour Jetti
Une excellente photo avec cette belle présentation avec ce héron ,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées, félicitations.
Merci et bravo...JP

hi jitti,
nice capture,
well composed with fine pov,
tfs & regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-09 3:58]


A very beautiful shot of this charming heron!
The side POV here is great and the lighting is impeccable - falling nicly and warmly on the subject here.
Since the subject is well lighten it contrast with the BG very well making it even more evdent.
The details and nice, the colors lovley and the composition great!
Bravo and TFS

Hello JC,
What a fine bird capture!
I like the pose and the beautiful patterns in the feather coat...
Well composed image, good light gives vivid colours!
Pablo -

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-23 15:35]

Superbe spécimen et bonne présentation.

Your Heron is so very ALIVE.
Great photography.
Looks like it was "posing" just for you.
Very sharp.
Best regards,

nice portrait, TFS Ori

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