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Jewel of a heron

Jewel of a 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: 2013-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-27 7:53
Viewed: 1636
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not my best photo, but a unique one of a splendid heron!
A bird which is seldom seen. It’s almost always hidden behind branches and leaves on the banks of rivers and swamps. I saw this bird suddenly while I was sitting in a boat. So I could only made a few pictures within a few seconds. And of course: this bird is NEW FOR TREKNATURE.

The Agami Heron (Agamia agami) is a medium-sized heron. It is a resident breeding bird from Central America south to Peru and Brazil.
It is sometimes known as the Chestnut-bellied Heron, and is the only member of the genus Agamia (Reichenbach, 1853).
The Agami Heron's habitat is forest swamps and similar wooded wetlands. They nest in colonies on platforms of sticks in trees over water, which may gather more than 100 nests (Fleck 2003). The normal clutch is two blue eggs. This uncommon and localised species is 66–76 cm in length. It is short-legged for a heron, but has a very long thin bill. The neck and underparts are chestnut, with a white line down the centre of the foreneck, and the wings are green. There are wispy pale blue feathers decorating the head, sides of the foreneck, and lower back. The legs, bill, and bare facial patch are dull yellow.
The sexes are similar, but immature Agami Herons are largely brown above with a white foreneck, and streaked brown-and-white underparts.
Despite its stunning plumage, this reclusive species' preference for shade and overhanging vegetation means that it is rarely seen at its best.
This is a quiet bird, but pairs and family groups may make various snoring or rattling sounds.
Agami Herons stalk their fish prey in shaded shallow water, often standing still or moving very slowly. They rarely wade in open water. They also take frogs, small reptiles, and snails.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter-Again a NEW SPECIES and again behind the lens Peter!Beautiful Heron Peter and well captured in its natural habitat.Nice colour and details.Good sharpness too.Good work.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

Peter ... Hello,
This is, indeed, a jewel of an image.
Highly detailed face, neck & shoulders.
Love this "UNIQUE" presentation.
Your notes are terrific.
Most kind regards from Mario.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2014-07-27 10:56]

Congrats Peter
it IS a beautiful picture and giving the fact that this species is so secretive it is a GREAT one

Hello Peter

Once again congratulations for this first time of this bird species in TN,
superbly focused with great sharpness, and details, and photo shot at
this heron's best hunting/fishing pose, TFS


hallo Peter
super om deze reiger te zien jagen
mooi van scherpte en super mooie kleuren
bedankt weer
gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-07-27 13:29]

Hi Peter,in effect this heron is a great beauty! And the pic is the best as possible in this difficult light and terrible location,another magnificent specie in your gallery of wonders,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

Ciao Peter, sure, not your best photo, but great capture of unique bird in a beautiful, ambientation, perfect focus, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter-
照的很漂亮 很美麗的鳥 也很清晰
他的動作很特殊 也很少見到這類鏡頭 自然無為
也很前衛的照法 很亮麗
構圖也很美麗 真是好看

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2014-07-28 10:34]

Hi Peter,

Splendid capture of the jewel heron, great job my friend.
Perfect détails and sharpness, the sharpness is amazing.
TFS, very good note too.
My best regards.

Hi Peter,
Good evening, neighbour. :-) I'm sorry for not commenting your pic yesterday, although I saw it just beside mine, but I was so sleepy... :-( So, even you say this isn't your best shot, and technically you're more or less right, but I don't find it bad at all. Subject is nice and sharp, due to the sharpness and the colors of the plumage well isolated from the uninteresting environment. So yes, I like the pic, even with the unsharp branches in the foreground. Huge congratulations for posting this species the first time on TrekNature. And... yes, even for the whole photo. Not your best... but a great one in my opinion!
Best regards, László

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-07-29 9:56]

Hallo Peter,
Camouflaged bird ..
Very nice details, colors and focus.
Best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-07-30 9:33]

Hi Peter,
Perfect shot of a beautiful and new bird. Amazing natural colors and very good details in difficult conditions.
Regards Jiri.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-07-30 18:20]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on a new bird not only for TN, but me as well!! I must admit at first glance I thought it was a Green Heron until I looked more closely. A beautiful bird indeed with rich colors and unique markings. Great capture!!

Hello Peter,
I missed some of your photos. Thanks for visiting my gallery. I am waiting to see your photos with your brand new lens.....amazing capture...what a specimen. Exceptional colors.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-08-01 21:07]

Hola Peter, es un bella especie y una foto genial, me gusta el entorno, el movimiento, color y composición...saludos.

Hello Peter,
Great catch from a difficult position in fine details and very well exposed.
Best regards....Joy

Amazing bird Peter! Amazing pose too. Interesting and beautiful photo!

Hi Peter,
Beautiful row of heron. I like its pose, and the way how the neck extented to see prey. A great photo and a lovely bird. In my opinion, of course. A nice photo overall.
Best regards, Emin

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