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Black Crowned Night-Heron

Black Crowned Night-Heron
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-24 15:08
Viewed: 3156
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This capture was made early one morning last summer near Jenner, Alberta

Black Crowned Night-Heron
Kingdom: Animalia
The black-crowned night heron has a typical heron profile, but with a stouter bill, neck, and legs. The bill to tail length of adults are between 58 to 72 cm. The adults have a greenish black sheen on the crown and back. The forehead, face, neck, and under parts are grayish white. There are two to four slender long white feathers extending back from the head. The bill is black, the iris red, and the legs and feet are yellow to reddish.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Nycticorax
Species: Nycticorax nycticorax

The Black-crowned night heron were first observed in Alberta near Strathmore during the summer of 1958. Since that time they have been seen as far north as the Edmonton area.

Marshes, mud flats or the edges of lakes that are overgrown with rushes and cattails are the haunts of this stocky heron. As the name implies this heron is active at night. During the day it is more inclined to roost in trees or can be found sunning on a rock or fence-post. It feeds largely on fish but will take frogs, crayfish and even small rodents

The black-crowned night heron nests in colonies and makes a nest of sticks usually in trees, occasionally in bushes and rarely on the ground. The nest can contain 3 to 5 pale bluish green eggs. Incubation takes between 24 to 26 days. There is one brood a year.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2010-02-24 15:53]

Great shot!! Pleasant image with beautiful detail and color. Good work!! TFS. Carme.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-24 16:02]

Hi Rick,

How beautiful this Heron is! The bird jumps out from the lovely setting with his marvelous face, eye and feathers. Colors and sharp details are wonderful. I love those long yellow legs grasping the branches. Composition is stunning.


hello Rick

an excellent photo of the Black Crowned Night-Heron,
fine POV, DOF and framing, fine focus sharpness details,
i love to see with the bird his habitat on the photo, TFS


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-24 21:35]

Hello Rick
Nice capture of this heron, I like colors and composition

  • Great 
  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2010-02-24 21:48]


If the eye is right the photo is right. Well done.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-02-24 22:32]

Dear Rick!

The Heron is such a beautiful and majestic bird. Your picture reflects these characteristics at best. I like the early morning light very much and it creates fine and natural colours. The composition is also superb: the branches on the left and right support the main subject like a frame, and under these conditions I believe that the fact you have centered the bird is a good choice.

Kind regards


nice capture,tfs Ori

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-24 23:39]

Hola Rick
Superb capture,
exquisite habitat and pov.
good focus and color,

Hi Rick,
Beautiful shot. Probably the heron should have been composed a bit more off-centered to left, having more space behind than in front of him, but sharpness and lights are magnificent. Great job overall. Tfs.
Best regards, László

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-25 1:14]

Great capture this lovely heron.
Details and colors are fantastic.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-25 6:56]

Hello Rick,
A Black-crowned Night-heron in very beautiful light. Great natural colours. Excellent sharpness, DOF and composition. Good low POV.

Hello Rick,
Great picture of this heron, with fine details and natural colors.

hello my friend Rick,
I love to photograph this bird, in our company we name it "μοντελάκι-montelaki" little model, splendid your photo, composed in his beautiful environment, very good chromatic output!
"keep photographing!" TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-25 15:18]

Hi Rick,i tried to take same pics during my last dominican vacation and i know how isn't easy.The sharpness and the focus of the bird are impressive,a beautiful composition too whit perfects colors and nice background.This is a great professional work,my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-25 23:15]

Hi Rick,
Very beautiful capture of this night heron.
I liked sharpness,POV,framing,3D effect and
eye contact a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-26 6:14]

Hello rick,
This capture of a Black-crowned Night Heron is superb! Not just technically but the POV showing how it perches on the dead branches in the water, the contrasting BG of water and reeds, the lighting and the composition.
This is great to view and thanks for sharing it!
Have a good weekend,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-26 18:45]

Hello Rick,
this shot is really lovely witrh the pose of the heron at its best. you waited for the best moment, the beauty is well seen.
the grasses in the background also give a good visual impact to the composition. i like the water too, so xcalm and the crooked grasses reflected on the surface is very special.
What a well thought shot.


Hello Rick Price ; )
Lovely capture of this Night Heron perched on a branch. I like the dark background and reflections of colour in the water. Lots of nice textures surround this gorgeous Heron. You know.... A+ for U.
Keep em coming.
TFS Janice
How's your ticker after last nights game....it was close.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-02-27 17:27]

One of my favorite birds, Rick, although I am not too happy when they eat up the little ducklings in the pond. But I guess they have to eat.
They have started to arrive in our area and are starting to build their nests in the trees.
Excellent pose and light and focus on your bird.
I like the natural habitat included in your composition.
TFS. : )

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