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~White-faced Heron~

~White-faced Heron~
Photo Information
Copyright: Tina Sieben (gypsygirl58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 0 N: 138] (426)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-12 22:13
Viewed: 3752
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I managed to get a few photos of this beauty whilst it was preening itself. It is a White-faced Heron. I took it in a local park in Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills.

Ardea novaehollandiae (White-faced Heron)

This slim bluish-grey heron has a white face, chin and upper throat, and a black bill and greenish-yellow legs. Strap-shaped plumes are long and pale grey on the back and short and pinkish brown on the chest. The call is a guttural croak.

Any sort of waterway, creek, dams or wetlands throughout the east coast of Australia.

White-Faced Herons are generalists when it comes to feeding. They forage over inter-tidal mud flats and rock pools, swamps, wet pasture and even residential lawns. Their prey is varied, mostly crustaceans, squid, fish, insects, amphibians, spiders, snails and worms.

The White-Faced Heron breeds most of the year, depending on food supplies. Their nest is a loose platform of sticks up to 20 metres above the ground in a tree not necessarily near water. Both adults incubate for about 26 days and usually 2 chicks are raised and fed by both parents.

PP work:
Cropped image from the original
Altered the contrast and brightness levels
Sharpened the image

Hope you like it! Thanks for looking and for your comments and critiques. Cheers Tina :-)

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-13 0:05]

I really like the composition of your heron photo. Excellent details and sharpness. I do think that it is a little over-exposed (mainly the white around his eye).

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-13 8:02]

Hello Tina

A lovely shot of this White-faced Heron.Well composed and in a lovely natural setting.Great focus and detail.Lucky you to get so close.The herons over here have eyes in the back of their heads.I like the tall grasses and gentle ripple on the water.Very pastoral.TFS


Oops ;)

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-14 6:56]
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Hi Tina, nice to see you here at TN! Nice shot of the Heron here, this Heron seems a lot prettier than out European Grey. I like the POV showing both his front and his profile with that long beak. Good light and great colours, nice and sharp!

Hi Tina - so nice for me to see birds like this in a natural habitat - most of my animal shots are taken in zoos or birdparks...I do envy you!

A nice pose and composition with the bird amongst the reeds like this...good shot!

Hi Tina,
Beautiful shot of this lovely Heron preening itself. I really like the pose it has. Nice.

Hi Tina,
herons are excellent birds to photo as they are large enough to easily spot from a distance and then try to sneak up on.I say you have done well to get as close as you have in this photo so as a result you have very good details in this shot.Nice not as well.Tfs Bob

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-19 14:28]

Hi Tina

This is lovely. Nice natural composition, good sharpness and attractive colours. Very nice



Hello Tina:)
Pretty nice shot of the heron Tina. Good details on the bird. I like the colors and compo alot. The long reeds along the waters edge, and also the ones in the fg give the photo a nice feel and look. Good shooting Tina!!


Hi Tina,
A very good shot of heron.It does look quite different from ours.A good composition.
TFS, Smitha.

I never seen any of these before. Nice shot. Maybe step down your exposure a few nothes so the white areas won't be overexposed.

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