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* Green Heron *
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, SanDisk Ext. III 4GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-13 9:29
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After the 2-hour-tram tour through the Shark Valley
there was just a little time to have a closer look
at the Everglades´ wildlife, besides numerous
alligators there were a couple herons and among them
a nice Green Heron.

3rd upload-try - i saw the first one still needed a
little sharpening, that killed my yesterday´s upload-
maximum, the second was sharper, but a bit noisy, so
this one is after processing through NeatImage, hope
that did not take away all the details.


The Green Heron (Butorides virescens) is a small heron
of North and Central America. It was long considered
conspecific with its sister species the Striated Heron
(Butorides striata), and together they were called
"Green-backed Heron". Birds of the nominate subspecies
(no matter which taxonomic arrangement is preferred)
are extremely rare vagrants to western Europe;
individuals from the Pacific coast of North America
may similarly stray as far as Hawaii.

The Green Heron is relatively small; adult body length
is about 44 cm. The neck is often pulled in tight
against the body. Adults have a glossy, greenish-black
cap, a greenish back and wings that are grey-black
grading into green or blue, a chestnut neck with a
white line down the front, grey underparts and short
yellow legs. The bill is dark with a long, sharp
point. Female adults tend to be smaller than males,
and have duller and lighter plumage, particularly in
the breeding season. Juveniles are duller, with the
head sides, neck and underparts streaked brown and
white, tan-splotched back and wing coverts, and
greenish-yellow legs and bill. Hatchlings are covered
in down feathers which are light grey above and white
on the belly.

The Green Heron's call is a loud and sudden kyow; it
also makes a series of more subdued kuk calls. During
courtship, the male gives a raah-rahh call with
wide-open bill, makes noisy wingbeats and whoom-
whoom-whoom calls in flight, and sometimes calls
roo-roo to the female before landing again. While
sitting, an aaroo-aaroo courtship call is also given.

The habitat of the Green Heron is small wetlands in
low-lying areas. The species is most conspicuous
during dusk and dawn, and if anything these birds are
nocturnal rather than diurnal, preferring to retreate
to sheltered areas in daytime. They will feed actively
during the day, however, if hungry or provisioning
young. Shore-living individuals adapt to the rhythm of
the tides. They mainly eat small fish, frogs and
aquatic arthropods, but may take any invertebrate or
vertebrate prey they can catch, including such animals
like leeches and mice. Green Herons are intolerant of
other birds - including conspecifics - when feeding
and are not seen to forage in groups. They typically
stand still on shore or in shallow water or perch upon
branches and await prey. Sometimes they drop food,
insects, or other small objects on the water's surface
to attract fish, making them one of the few known
tool-using species. They are able to hover briefly to
catch prey.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Heron]


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ooh what a color and composition.
Very well done Thorsten

Hi Thor
Very elegant photo of beautiful heron. I like the natural surrounding. There is a little noise ina background

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-13 12:47]

Hi Thorsten
Nice composition.Good POV and razor sharp image.Good POV and nice pose.Excellent text also.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-13 13:04]

Hello Thorsten,
Beautiful photo in clear colours and good sharpness. Very good POV and composition. Nice contrast against the dark OOF BG.

Molto bello e di effetto!

Complimenti e grazie, ciao, Emanuele

Hallo Thorsten
I am currently running a tight schedule and do not have time for a proper critique, but I could not let the opportunity pass to leave a few words at your posting, as I have not seen a Green Heron in a tree before and this pose caught my eye. The bright yellow legs displays beautifully against the texture and colour of the tree’s branch. The colour and detail of the feathers are also brought out beautifully in your image. Thanks for sharing and although words are few, appreciation is plenty. Best regards.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-14 0:30]

Hello Thorsten
Nice capture, I like vivid colors and sharp details. Well done.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-07-14 1:09]

I liked the composition very much showing its habitat, lot of details on the heron, beautiful lighting. tfs.

Hi Thorsten,

Awesome Heron it is! Very well captured and nicely framed. Very nice bright colors in tehre. Very well done.


Hello Thorsten,

Superb capture.
Natural colours with fantastic definition.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
I liked the note.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 281 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-07-14 18:00]

Great shot Thorsten!
Nicely composed with good luminosity and beautiful natural colors. Wonderful detail and just the right amount of exposure.
I've tried numerous times to get a shot of these tiny herons, but they seem to be very elusive and flee at the least amount of disturbance. TFS.

Hello Thorsten,

The pose of those guys is always so special, for some reason it makes them look cunning with a touch of evil..!
Photo wise i admire the fine details in the plumage, the beautiful pattern is very well reproduced...

Pablo -

Thorsten, this is such a beautiful shot of the Green Heron. You did a great job capturing this. Have a wonderful week, Bill

Hello Thorsten, this is a beautiful shot of the Green Heron. I'm in Florida myself now and have seen most of the more popular birds (I think) but haven't seen this guy yet. This provides a very excellent example for me, to go after. The shot is crystal clear and sharp, with perfect positioning on that dead tree limb. I like the depth of field you have here, giving a good sense of the environment he lives in, without having this overshadow the shot. Colour and detail are excellent. I sympathize with your upload issues, but do appreciate the pains you went through in post processing to give us, the viewer, such a great treat.

Thanks, John

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