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Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-13 6:55
Viewed: 1809
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A photo from my last trip to Lesvos, Greece. As you can see, it was a windy day.

The Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) is a small heron, 44–47 centimetres long, of which the body is 20–23 centimetres , with 80–92 centimetres wingspan. It is of Old World origins, breeding in southern Europe and the Greater Middle East.

The squacco heron is a migrant, wintering in Africa. It is rare north of its breeding range. This is a stocky species with a short neck, short thick bill and buff-brown back. In summer, adults have long neck feathers. Its appearance is transformed in flight, when it looks very white due to the colour of the wings. The squacco heron's breeding habitat is marshy wetlands in warm countries. The birds nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. 3-4 eggs are laid. They feed on fish, frogs and insects.

The English common name Squacco comes via Francis Willughby (circa 1672) quoting a local Italian name Sguacco. The current spelling comes John Hill in 1752. The scientific name comes from Latin ardeola, little heron, and ralloides, Latin rallus, a rail and Greek -oides, resembling.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-13 7:26]

Hello Peter,
Incredibly beautiful species shown here with fantastic details and colors. Outstanding work.Regards Sigi

Hello Peter,
Nice to see this Squacco Heron. Well captured. Attractive color and well sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter
une très belle photo, superbe netteté,l'oeil est parfait.
Bonne soirée

The ruffled plumage definitely indicates strong wind when you shot this curious looking Heron in Greece, Peter.
The location of the shot is quite interesting. The bird standing in its typical wading position looks nice.

Prachtopname Peter , scherp , prima oogkontakt en een impossante vogel.

Thanks for sharing.


Hi Peter,

I like tyhe reflections on the water. The pint of view are showing the details the Squacco Heron. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


hallo Peter
Leuke moment opname
super mooie kleuren en goed van scherpte
bedankt weer
gr lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-07-14 14:57]

Hello Peter
Awesome shot of this gorgeous heron. The detail is exceptional and the colors vivid yet natural I love the beautiful head crest and good eye contact Lighting is perfect and the composition pleasing to view
Well done

Hello Peter
excellent sharpness of this heron especially on the brown feathers
very good light and pose of the bird
have a good night

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-07-15 12:27]

Hi Peter,more and more wind in this day,but very useful to take this common heron in this very curious plumage position..ehehe...a nice and a bit funny capture made in the usual top quality,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
It is a pleasure viewing this photo. It is really a splendid capture. Amazing sharpness and excellent clarity. Outstanding colors. The light and details are great.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of the Squacco Heron, fine POV at its level,
great DOF, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic Heron, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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