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Capped Heron

Capped 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: 2013-09-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-01 5:29
Viewed: 2190
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A beautiful and elegant heron. I could only find one other posting of this species on TN.

The Capped Heron, pilherodius pileatus, is 56-58.5 cm.
Uncommon but widespread in marshes, swampy areas and along larger rivers; most numerous in the Pantanal.

Iris brown; bill and facial skin cobalt blue (more intense when breeding), sometimes tipped pale purplish; legs bluish gray. Adult has “peaked” black crown with long white head plumes (longer when breeding), white forecrown; head, neck and breast pale creamy buff (deeper when breeding). Above very pale pearly gray; belly white. Immature lacks plumes, has grayish crown streaking and no buff. No egret has a black crown nor does any show bright blue on bill and face.
In flight Black-crowned Night Heron’s chunky shape somewhat recalls Capped; both fly with shallow wingbeats.

Generally solitary. Capped Herons sometimes associate loosely as they feed on muddy or grassy shorelines where they forage mainly by standing quietly and spearing prey, less by stalking.

Wary and quick to flush, Capped Herons are usually silent, only rarely giving short croaks.

Source: Birds of Brazil: The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil by John A. Gwynne, Robert S. ridley, Guy Tudor and Martha Argel.

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This is an amazing capture of a very beautiful Heron I've seen for the first time, Peter.
This is a professional job, truly. In the ambient light, the bird looks majestic in its natural habitat.
Thanks for sharing this gem of an image you brought for us from Brazil.

Never knew there were such herons too. Thank you for sharing. Nice lighting on the bird.

Perhaps a little lessening the Exposure and Highlights might bring out the feathers of the heron. That twig near the head may also be cloned as it is a bit of a distraction.

Hello Mr.Peter,
I haven't seen this specie here in TN.Amazing species.Colours are really attractive.Well captured.Nice light and sharpness.Well detailed.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely heron in nice walking pose, fascinating reflections, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-11-01 9:22]

Hi Peter,
What a beautiful, and rare, heron!
I have never seen this one before!
I see you did some more awesome traveling!
The lighting and sharpness and composition in this shot are splendid.

Hallo Peter
Deze mag er ook zijn ,super mooie foto met super goed licht en de kleuren zijn ook weer prachtig
groet lou

amazing heron, TFS Ori

Very interesting and beautiful heron Peter! Another excellent photo of an interesting exotic bird!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-11-01 12:26]

Hello Peter,
what a splendid bird, very well photographed with beautifull colors and great focus, I like the perfect composition. Regards Siggi

Ciao Peter. Details and sharp perfect. The best management of the light/colours. Stunning details.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-11-01 14:59]

Hi Peter,you have raison,elegant and beautiful! Really magnificent the colors of this specie,pastel colors and top class style walking on the ground,another masterwork from your trip,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2013-11-01 17:56]

Gracias, Peter, por compartir esta nítida fotografía y hacerme conocer esta bella garza que nunca había visto antes. Muy buenos resultados en tu visita al Pantanal. Enhorabuena!

Thanks, Peter, for sharing this photograph sharper and this beautiful heron me know that I had never seen before. Very good results in your visit to the Pantanal. Congrats!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-11-02 3:07]

Hi Peter,

Beautiful bird, beautifully captured. You are sharing with us amazing species! Thanks!

Have a pleasant weekend,


Hi Peter,
Amazing macro capture of this very rare Capped Heron! Excellent lighting, superb sharp details, wonderful composition, and perfect natural colors. Great work, my friend. Thanks and have a nice weekend!

Ciao Peter,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色華麗 很新奇
光線亮麗 羽毛好看
構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-11-02 6:06]

Hello Peter,
You brought back from your trip so many seldom shown species, like this Heron with this amazing blue coloration of the beak. Probably a first as you say it in your note. Very fine natural shot with a well chosen framing.
Thanks a lot

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-11-02 10:42]

Hello Peter,
What a unique looking Heron displaying quite unusual features and colors. This is the first time I have ever seen this species, so thank you for presenting it to us here on TN.
Perfect white balance and excellent sharpness allows us to view it in fine detail. I love the turquoise colors in it's bill. Great eye contact and a cute little plume as a headdress. Well done!!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-11-03 1:12]

Hello Peter
such an exciting bird in its splendid presentation. The color contrast is so impressive and the details are exciting.
I like the streak of hairs from its head. So attractive and special. the clean and sharp eye is so pleasant too.
well seen.


Bela foto Peter com nitidez e composição muito boa meus parabéns por esta agradável imagem.

Hi Peter,
A beautiful bird which I've never heard before. Pose, composition, sharpness are spectacular each, but the photo is maybe a little (just slightly) overexposed? However, visually great.
Best regards, László

Hallo Peter
I have been none active the last few weeks due to various reasons but I am back and it is a pleasure to see one of your beautiful images on the gallery.

I cannot recall that I have seen this bird before. The combination of peach of its feathers, blue in its face is truly a great attraction. Add to that the black "Jewish cap" and the funky feathers on the back of its head and you have a lovely bird.

Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-11-03 9:55]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful species of heron. Traditionally nice colors and sharp details.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter,
Beautiful creation of nature this The Capped Heron.
You captured it very beautifully with great colour and clarity.
best wishes,

Hello Peter,
What a beautiful heron,details and clarity is as usual great and captured from a best PoV.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-11-16 10:29]

Hola Peter; que belleza de especie y de foto, nunca la he visto. Me gusta el entorno, la luz y el movimiento de la toma...saludos.

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