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Ardea cinerea

Ardea cinerea
Photo Information
Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-08 12:34
Viewed: 2978
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken whilst I was at London Zoo. He was amongst the Flamingos and was in a classic frozen pose. His eye seemed particularly piercing to me.

Info from Birds of Britain And Europe (Publisher: RSPB)

Voice: Short, harsh 'fraink'; rattling and croaking sounds at nest.

Nesting: Large nest of thick sticks in treetop; 4 or 5 eggs; 1 brood; January - May.

Feeding: Catches fish. frogs, rats, and other prey in its bill, usually after long patient stalk before sudden strike.

Flight: direct, on broad, strongly arched wings, head withdrawn, feet trailing; also higher, or diving down from height with aerobatic twists and turns.

Perching: The grey heron may sometimes be found perched on a treetop, usually in a hunched posture, with its head and neck drawn into shoulders.

Occurrence: Frequents both freshwater and saltwater habitats, from salt marsh and rocky coasts to floods and fish ponds almost throughout Europe. Some regularly visit garden ponds or town lakes, especially in winter when much habitat is frozen.

Image data:
Camera: D200
Lens and focal length:70-300 @ 270mm
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter speed: 1/200
Weather: Overcast
White Balance: Auto
ISO: 140
Time taken: 12.43pm 01/03/07

PP: Levels, sharpen, crop, frame.

Thanks for looking!

shal, nainnain, elroyie, Adanac, greenpinkorange, jaycee, scottevers7, Alex99, jeanpaul, jmp, izler, bettinamarie has marked this note useful
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-08 12:39]

Hi Simon,

A great portrait,with nice details and colors,I like the blurred OOF BG in this compo,excellent work and TFS


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-08 12:40]

Another great portrait from you. Excellent focus on the eye. Lots of detail and a nice background. Well done.

Great portrait, Simon.
Everything is in place here.
Thanks and bye.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-03-08 13:11]

Hi Simon,
nice tight crop emphasizing emotion,
great sharpness & details :)
Cheers :D

hello SIMON
excellent portrait , bonne réussite, bons détails et couleurs parfaites
bravo amitiès

Hello Simon
Great composition and BG here,
Excellent colors and sharpness,


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-03-08 14:41]

Bonjour Simon, great portrait of this Heron with a dirty beak!! Very good colors and sharpness, I mainly like the harmonie of colors and the blurred BG too. Congratulations, Didier.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-08 14:55]

Hi Simon, this is an excellent photo of the Heron. Wow to the exposure, depth of colour and detail, without over doing the sharpness. I am truly jealous. Beautiful compositon.

Very good portrait, very good details and very good BG you had for this heron.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-08 18:47]

Hi simon,
Amazing details and colors in this excellent closeup, Thanks for sharing.

It looks cold!
Anyway, good details and sharpness on this one. I like the background and eye-strength! The tight compo works for me. Very well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-08 20:51]

Hi Simon,

Superb portrait! I love the dirty beak. His plummage is wonderful - as is the face and that eye.



Hi Simon,
An excellent portrait shot on this Grey Heron. Nice soft light and a spot on exposure have rendered beautiful colors and sharp detail. I like the frame filling composition and tight crop.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-03-08 22:54]

Very nice portrait of the Blue Heron. Sharp detail. Nice colors, and exposure. Good DOF with complimentary background.

I see these each day on my travels, and take 100's of photos of them. To hear this sound when they start a flight, or get a bit scared is quite something. It sounds so vulgar.So about this shot...you managed to get the eye in good focus. Important.I also like the DOF.Seems a bit of motion going on back there, which does the still bird justice.

Good tight crop on the bird, good details and colour...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-09 9:27]

Hi Simon.
Your portrait is really prefect. Classic pose of the bird, excellent framing and cropping, great sharpness and details of the bird image, amazing light grey-blue smooth BG. Superb done and TFS.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-03-09 13:00]

Beautiful shot there, though it seems like he has stuck his/her head into a spiders web! The composition is excellent.


Hello Simon,
Beautiful picture, the colors of the heron combine very well with those of the water of the bottom and make a composition beautiful in cold tones. I also like the frame. Very good work

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

Hi Simon,

Great shot.
Sharp and very nice details.
It seems a bit OE at top of the head, but not a big deal.

Ben Lakitan

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-10 5:48]

Hi Simon,
Very smart and aesthetic portrait of this beautiful heron. Colours, composition, pose, exposure and light are spot on!
TFS, José M.

Hello Simon,`
Its eye is piercing indeed. I like those tones of colors and great details. This close composition is very good too and I like its beak with what it looks like being spider's web... It looks like he is 100 years old :) This is a very nice portrait. You picture in your intro made me smile too :))) Nice look for a future teacher, lol!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-10 17:38]

hello Simon
here is beautiful bird and well portrait photo. i like composition, point of view, background, colours, sharpness, details and framing
thanks for sharing

Good image, Simon.
Simple and very good compo.
Good sharpness...
Well done

Hello Simon,
Beautifully shot! These are amazing birds aren't they?! They to me look like old men all hunched over. I capture them with my camera at my lake house. Usually they are out fishing....or begging from Fishermen on the dock....I have some in my gallery one of them is called "Perfect Form" They can be difficult in the wild to photograph....but it is worth the effort to be sure! Nice composition, color and clarity!

Take care,
Bettina Marie =0)

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