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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Eyed Birds, Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-21 10:50
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Guaco or Black-crowned Night Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax

This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago in Parque del Este, Caracas.

Handheld, crop, exposure adjustments, image size for TN and sharpening.

ISO: 500
Exposure Compensation: -1/3
Colour space: AdobeRGB
Focal length: 170mm
Evaluative metering

The black-crowned night heron is found across North America from Washington through Quebec, south through coastal Mexico, as well as locally in Central America and the Caribbean. Some winter as far north as Oregon and the New England states. The Old World race 'nycticorax' occurs from Europe to Japan, Africa and India.

Most colonies of black-crowned night herons are associated with large wetlands. They inhabit a variety of wetland habitats such as swamps, streams, rivers, marshes, mud flats and the edges of lakes that have become overgrown with rushes and cattails.

The night heron has a stocky body, with a comparatively short neck and legs. The length averages 58-72 cm, with the females averaging slightly smaller than the males. The adult has distinctive coloring, with black cap, upper back and scapulars; gray wings, rump and tail; and white to pale gray underparts. The bill is stout and black, and the eyes are red. For most of the year, the legs of the adult are yellow-green, but by the height of the breeding season, they have turned pink. The eyes of the juvenile black-crowned night heron are yellowish or amber, and the dull gray legs lack the colorful pigmentation of those of the adult.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Nycticorax
Species: N. nycticorax

Birds of Caracas / Birds of Caracas
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Hola Jose Miguel,
Nice to see your excellent posting once again!
perfect size posting to enjoy the superb closeness of Night Heron!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details always
a great composition indeed
muchas gracias

Hello Jose nice flight shot the light was good, I like the sharpness of the eye and how it contrasts well with the blue sky. Composed well nice and tight to show detail. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-21 11:32]
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Hi Jose.
So impressive in-flight close-up picture. Amazing POV almost directly under the bird and great colours. Especially I like sweet eye of the bird. Excellent timing and sharpness of the picture. Exposure is quite well too. Image is cropped and composed excellently. My best regards and compliments.

Hola José Miguel.
Fabulosa imagen con unos detalles muy bien definidos.
Buen encuadre, muy interesante tu nota.
Saludos, JL.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-21 11:43]

Hi Jose,

WOW! A superb in-flight capture of this Heron. Colors are wonderful and the details, especially of the face, are amazing. I love that eye! A beautiful composition.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-21 11:47]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Very well-timed and splendid capture of the Night Heron in flight. Beautiful light and great focus on the red eye. Great sharpness and lovely colours that stand out against the blue sky. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

Again this brings our the eye so well and then additional to the feathers even with the so wonderful saturated blue sky. A great in flight catch...very nice.

Hola Jose Miguel,
splenid in fly shot, very sharp colours, wonderfull blue sky in background, perfect focus with many amazing details and splendid lighting,
a great cheer,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-21 12:05]

Hello José Miguel,
Fine in-flight capture of the Black-crowned Night Heron with good sharpness, from a fine POV that allows us to see the red eye very well, and in a fine compoition against a blue sky.
Well done and thanks for sharing this,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-21 12:53]

Hola amigo,
vaya captura supersónica...
excelente foco, y el ojo del guaco genial :))
magnífico pov, felicidades
saludos José Miguel.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-21 13:00]

Hi . Have just got home late from work so just a note to say nice picture for now.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2008-01-21 13:18]

Hello Jose,

Very nice shot. Very good focus

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-21 14:22]

Wow! Amazing shot Jose Miguel!
That new 40D is working wonders with you in control!
Very sharp with great clarity.
Excellent pose and composition.
Nice colours and even exposure.
Brilliant DOF.
Very well done!

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2008-01-21 15:11]

impresionante y majestuosa ave con excelentes detalles y bello color, buen trabajo! Felicidades. Crame.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-21 16:31]

Hi Jose,my best compliments fot this great great pic,the details of red eyes are impressive,a 1st class pic as your perfect style,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-21 16:35]

Hello Jose Miguel,
This is truly an outstanding inflight image with perfect focus and exposure. This results in a sharp and beautifully colored image of this species. Excellent work, thank you for sharing.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-01-21 17:33]

Hi Jose Miguel, Photography for me is to catch the moment and this fine composition does that well. I like the clarity you have been able to get in this difficult situation. I have tried and failed to date to get a photo of an in flight elegant bird like this. TFS. Murray.

hello Jose Miguel

superb inflight shot, i love the point of view of your image,
the view of the wing opened, and what a determination
on his eye to where he is going, TFS


Hello Jose,
Beautiful Black-crowned Night Heron in flight shot. Perfect focus. The orange eye is wonderful. TFS this masterpiece.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-22 0:36]

Hola Jose Miguel,
Your POV is lovely. The heron looks so nice against the blue sky. I liked the light and the composition a lot. TFS
Un saludo,

Hello Jose,

Very nice shot. Very good focus and sharpness. Great light and colours. You could capture very well the vivid colour of its eye.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-22 3:22]

Hi Jose Miguel

I see you're using your new equipment more and more like a pro :)
This is really a superb in-flight...let's be honest, one that would have been very very difficult with a compact camera :)
The fast focusing body and lest let you get a very nice clear image of this lovely heron, and you good zoom got close enough to fill this frame well.
Very good exposure management and wonderful natural colors.
Also very nice diagonal composition and presentation.

Bravo and TFS

Wow! It's the red eyed bird's day :)! What a beautiful capture! I like this great in-flight shot a lot with superb exposure, details and composition. This is not something easy to do and you did great with excellent choice of shutter speed and aperture! Congratulations JM!

Wonderful Job, Jose! One of my favorite birds. Great colors and pose - it's a treat seeing him in flight.
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Jose,
What big red eyes this bird has got. Very good capture with excellent clarity, well timed and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Great job on this inflight Jose, That red eye is poppin' :)
Very good DOF, POV, exposure, color, and nice details..
Well composed - Well done!

Hi Jose Miguel, lovely flying Heron with splendid details and wonderful sharpness, great contrast against blue sky, good colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola José Miguel,
Excelente composición, has logrado capturar una magnífica toma; muy buena la expresión del Guaco, que parece de concentración, buen encuadre con gran nitidez y detalle. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Hello JM,
A lovely in-flight capture indeed, and presented in this well balanced composition!
Excellent details in the plumage, as the movement is well frozen...
I notice the red eye, as it stands out so well against the deep blue sky!
Pablo -

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-01-22 12:34]

Bonjour Jose
Très belle prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et lumière.
Amicalement Robi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-22 12:48]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Very impressive photo of this Night Heron. Light and sharp focus on the head are amazing. Beautiful deep blue BG and great DOF.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-22 15:25]

Hola Jose Miguel
Una preciosa captura la de esta garza en pleno vuelo. Me parece extraordinaria la nitidez, especialmente en el ojo, ¡qué brillo y qué color!
Hay que tener bastante tino y pericia para captar el movimiento con absoluta precisión y tú ya lo vas logrando. ¡Qué bueno!
Espero que te encuentres bien y sin problemas.
Un fuerte abrazo

Hi Jose,
this is a very nice in flight photo of the heron with that wonderful red eye.There is some softness to this shot but that is probably mostly due to my monitor and not your focus as I now use a 27" monitor and not my old 19".I like these birds very much and in the spring I'll hope to see them again.It looks like even with your 300mm lens you were very close to this one as I can imagine just how big this must look on your screen.It looks like that you are getting good use out of your 40D,so how do you like it?Me I'm still getting used to mine. Tfs.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-22 17:18]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Beautiful presentation of this Guaco in flight,
very sharp and clear image. great POV and composition
Well done


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-22 22:59]

Joli cadrage et bon réflexe.
Bonne journée.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-23 0:37]

Hello Jose,well done on this beautiful capture. Well exposed and the colors are perfect. TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-23 4:41]

Hello Jose,
another superb shot - excellent detail and super sharp focus and vividly coloured sky - very well done!

Hola Miguel,

This is a superb action shot!
The focus is sharp and the details good. You have even captured the lovely red eye from beneath! The bird shows up very well against the bright blue sky!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your warm comments on 'Feathery winter coat'.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-01-23 13:03]

Bela foto Jose Miguel exelente técnica muito dificil fotografa contra luz mesmo assim voce conseguiu um ótimo resultado parabéns.Nilson

Hola JM,
Impresionante nitidez has conseguido congelando todo el movimiento del especimen, el ojo le da el punto. Muy bella imágen.
Salutacions cordiales

Hi Jose,
excellent POV,colors and exposure,great sharpness of a bird in action.

Hello Jose Miguel,
Beautiful shot in flight. Excellent sharpness and details. Superb clarity against the blue sky like a shot in a studio.
Very well done.

Best regards,


p/s: I'll make this my fav.

Hi dear Jose,

Great shot with excellent details.
Beautiful colours nad nice BG.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-24 16:57]

Wow, Jose Miguel, this is a fantastic shot of a flying bird! I just visited your gallery and what a good photographer you are! This picture is fantastic, very exposed even though shot against the sky and that always impresses me. I love the softness of the feathers and the sharpness of it, I love the red eye of the heron. Great notes. Thank you!


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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-01-24 22:18]

hi Jose Miguel,
this is a really very well taken image of a nice bird, the picture is perfect, with the bird that takes all the picture and the natural and bright colours, great job

Your images leave me speechless with pleasant wonder at your artistic and photographic skills, JM!
This is the last word in shooting a bird in flight. The Heron is frozen in mid flight with remarakable clarity and colours, especially that red eye. The deep blue sky makes a perfect background for the subject.
Really thrilled to see this amazing creation from you. Thanks!!

i do envy you guys getting these shots...i get close enough to take them and then the bird flys off..
good eye contact and feather details showing the flight muscles and structure well

Hola Jose Miguel.

Para mi se me hace raro este ave que nunca habia visto ni oido su nombre y asi meparece mas interesante, captado en pleno vuelo con gran nitidez y buen color.

Un cordial saludo.
Jose Luis.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-25 20:11]

Hello Jose Miguel

Wow what an amazing POV .The details are amazing.
Excellent in flight shot with super plumage detail and definition.
The lighting and colours are wonderful,and the blue sky is a stand out.
Excellent clarity with sharp focus and details.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-26 6:49]

Hello Jose Miguel ! That's a fabulous shot of the Heron, the sharpness is fantastic, the exposure is spot on and it's a very good inflight shot, well done, thanks !


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-27 0:38]

Hi Jose,
great shot, that eye is captured beautiflly, sharpness, details & DOF are fantastic,
great POV too,
best regards, Dejan

Hi Jose,

Great in flight shot of this Heron. You have managed to capture stunning detail and the colours and exposure are perfect. Exceptionally well done.


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-28 3:00]

Hi Jose,

very intersting ventral view in flight. The proximity is stunning. Ttractive Eye.BG,DOF and details are very good.



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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-28 12:10]

Hi Jose Miguel

Wonderful inflight shot. Perfect focus on that orange eye. Effective frozen action and a lovely blue BG. Beautiful



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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-28 14:37]

Hi Miguel,

Wow, what a beauty, amazing inflight shot with great focus overall, excellent light and details and there is no word for desribing the red eye....fantastic image!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-28 18:03]

Hola Jose Miguel.
Muy bella foto de este Guaco. Exelente nitidez y bello fondo. Tu nota es muy buena tambien.
Saludos Jose Miguel.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-28 23:31]

Hi Jose,
Wonderful in-flight shot and superbly controlled lighting and exposure. The red eye looks gorgeous and so lively. Fantastic blue sky as BG works wonders here and I like the freezed action. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Jose,

It is difficult to photograph a bird in flight. You did a good capture of the Guaco in flight. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the bird. Well done, have a nice day.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-06 9:17]

selam my friend
successful capture of this beautiful night heron while its flying
composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and note are great
thanks for sharing

Hello Jose,
Wow, excellent sharp photo, what an eye this guy has! Beautiful blue sky and great POV. TFS

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2008-02-10 10:27]

Saludos Jose miguel, interesante y detallado y bello trabajo, contraste y buenos colores.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-02-17 22:50]

Hello Jose Miguel, this is a beauty. Your timing on this shot was perfect catching the heron in a beautiful pose against that great blue sky. Your focus and exposure are excellent here giving us an incredible view of this bird. Your crop and additional PP serve to present this bird to us in the best light. This is a very excellent presentation.

Thanks, John

Ciao Jose Miguel,
spettacolare cattura in volo di Nitticora, eccellenti POV e DOF, ottima definizione e bellissimi i dettagli dell'occhio e del piumaggio, molto belli i colori e BG azzurro.
TFS. Maurizio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-20 3:48]

Hi Jose,
very beautiful capture of this guaco. The reddish eye is so well seen in great sharpness. The details of the feather and body is pretty. you have captured it in a streamlined.
lively presentation and very dramatic.


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