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Rufescent Tiger-Heron

Rufescent Tiger-Heron
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-30 8:54
Viewed: 5228
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Close to the roaring noise of the Iguazu Waterfalls stand this Rufescent Tiger-Heron. Unmoved, till it stretched out one foot and wing. Then I saw its beautiful colours.
The RUFESCENT TIGER-HERON(Tigrisoma lineatum) is 66 cm en weigths 850 g. It has a stocky, shaggy neck.
Adults: head, neck, and upper breast chestnut, barred with black; brown median stripe, bordered by white, down throat and foreneck; belly grayish; mantle dusky-olive vermiculated with dull buff. Iris orangish; facial skin yellow with blackish loral stripe; upper mandible blackish, lower horn-color, shading to dusky tomia; legs dull dark olive-green.
Immatures: head rufous; neck and upperparts rich buff to pale rufous, broadly barred or chevroned with black; center of throat, stripe down foreneck, and center of belly white. Takes at least 2 years to acquire adult plumage; subadult plumages like adult but more broadly and heavily barred.
Haunts streams, sloughs, or swamps inside forest, rarely venturing into the open, at least by day; usually solitary; stands motionless at water's edge or on snag for long periods awaiting prey or walks very slowly in shallow water; usually rests with neck hunched, bill pointed slightly upward; when alarmed or hunting, often extends neck diagonally.
Alarm note a hoarse quok-quok-quok, louder and deeper than call of night-heron; a harsh, groaning, far-carrying, long-drawn-out kwooohh or kwawwh mostly at night, probably to advertise territory .
A flimsy platform of sticks, high in a tree. Egg 1, bluish-white spotted with pale violet.
STATUS. All over Brazil.
RANGE. E Honduras (accidental SE Mexico?) to N Argentina.

Source: partly from Birds of Costa Rica by Gary Stiles and Alexander F. Skutch.

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hi Peter,
this is very nice shot with interesting action. nice moment, POV, details. thanks.
best wishes

Hello Peter
A fine shot..Lovely and sharp showing this magnificent heron with a fixated gaze towards where its prey may emerge..great colours.
All the Best

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-30 9:35]

Hi Peter
Very nice capture of that species I never saw before.very nice POV , you had capture that image at the right moment.The image is sharp with nice details in the plumage.
TFS Michel

Hello Peter,
It is a beautiful bird and its colours and details are displayed very well...

A nice grab with good details.

Hello Peter what an awsome looking heron shot the detail and sharpness is superb never seen one this colourfull and beautifull usually all I see is grey :-( nice composition also rgds Necip

Nice shot, Peter!

Wow - that's one beautiful heron! A first for me - to see this species. Seems to be a larger heron - somewhat between the Great White Egret and Great Blue Heron in size, huh?
Great! TFS and Cheers, Klaus!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-31 12:25]

Hi Peter. This is a bird i have never seen so thanks for posting. A strange looking one at that. you have captured it with good detail in the feathers with bright colours. a nice pose with it looking at somthing. well done TFs good notes too.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-01 8:04]

Hello Peter,
Great capture by the famous waterfalls!
You have captured the Rufescent Tiger heron with fine sharpness and colour and present it in a good composition set in a natural and pleasing BG.
Well done and TFS!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-02 1:05]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful and well-timed capture of this rarely seen Heron having a stretch. Very fine details and beautiful colours. Excellent composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Great detail, light, and colors Peter.
Beautifully colored heron, thanks for the info on this one also :)
Well done!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-11 14:11]

Hi Peter,

I don't know how I missed this one! Had I seen it before I would have remembered it. Beautiful shot with wonderful colors and fine details. The markings on the plummage and wings are so unusual. Love the position with the leg raised.


Very strange heron species. Lovely one which i have notr seen before.
TFS and cheers,


Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this species of heron,
with fine lateral POV to show the patterns
and color variations of its plumage, excellent DOF,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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