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Boat-billed Heron

Boat-billed Heron
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Copyright: daniel hector (dantor) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 56 N: 224] (993)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-12 15:26
Viewed: 4525
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A new bird for TN. As far as I know there is no photo posted on TN of the boat-billed heron.

Found from Mexico to Bolivia and Northern Argentina, the boat-billed heron or boatbill (Cochlearius cochlearius) has a remarkably broad and heavy bill, which is about 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. It lives in mangroves, freshwater marshes, wooded swamps, shores of lakes and rivers, ponds and streams in wet forest. It may be found from sea level to 800 to 2600 metres of elevation. The boatbill is a nocturnal heron. It is a solitary feeder at night. It hunts by stabbing preys, or walking slowly in shallow waters. It may run to catch a prey. Its bill seems to be very sensitive, and it opens at the merest touch. It serves as a resonator, and may produce single and multiple bill-pops resembling handclaps. While feeding, the boatbill often utters a frog-like croak. During the day, it is perched in trees, among dense foliage in the mangrove. The boatbill is non migratory bird.

In this workshop, I posted another image of the same bird, which shows better the size of its bill.

Finally, in this workshop, I posted another image showing the whole bird.

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-03-12 16:36]

Hi Daniel!

Pretty eyes and lovely face, very well captured bird! I haven't seen this bird here either but I'm nor a bird specialist nor here since very long. But special enough that I would remember if seen already.
Very nice job, TFS!

Best regards,

  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-03-12 20:49]

Hello Daniel,
Well captured shot of the Boat billed Heron. this is the first time I have come across it.God focus on the eye and the head. good sharpness and details.nice pose captured. This picture and the one posted in the WS gives a good view of its beak.
Thanks for the share,

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-03-23 8:36]

Hi Daniel,
i never saw that bird. Itīs a very nice bird! nice portrail youīve done.
itīs a shame to see those shadows over the body and the face. The resto of the pic is ok: good light, POV and details over the bird.. seems good for an ID card! :)
have a nice day

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