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Lava Heron

Lava Heron
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya 77mm Super-HMC CPL MCPRO1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herons, Birds of South America, 50-59 points Chapter 7, Birds of Ecuador [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-29 3:58
Viewed: 5710
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lava Heron
Butorides sundevalli
Endemic (found only in Galapagos)

Lava Heron from Santiago Island (Santiago Island is also called San Salvador or James). Its dark grey color blends with the color of lava very well.This bird is just another example of the unique adaption of the Galapagos fauna.

*Small (35cm) all-grey heron, dark on wings and back, paler underneath and particularly on the breast.

In breeding plumage, the legs of the Lava Heron are orange. The bill of the male is black, that of the female is silver-grey. In non-breeding plumage , the legs are grey and the bill is silver-grey. The immature bird is striated all over with greenish-brown upperparts and creamy underparts.

It can easily be confused with the Striated Heron, but it lacks the yellow-orange lores between the bill and the eyes. It is more widespread than the Striated heron.

The Lava Heron feeds mainly on small fish, crabs, lizards and insects. When fishing from mangrove roots or rocks, it may jump or dive into the water to ensure the capture of its prey. Often seen stalking Sally Lightfoot Crabs on coastal rocks.

The Lava Heron is a solitary nester in mangroves on the coast or around lagoons. It is quite territorial. Nesting can be year round but generally starts between September and March. The clutch size is two or three eggs.

*Source: Wildlife of the Galapagos
Julian Fitter,Daniel Fitter,David Hosking
Princeton Pocketguides, ISBN 0-691-10295-3

Exposure Time 1/160
F-Stop f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings 400
Focal Length 400 mm (full frame)
Date Taken 2007-04-26 15:58
Metering Mode Pattern

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Tüylerdeki renkler,netlik ve canlılık güzel olmuş bakarken ekranın önünde duruyormuş hissi uyandırdı .ellerine sağlık Selen

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-29 4:59]

Merhaba Selen,
Böyle bir balıkçıl ilk defa görüyorum.Detaylar,keskinlik,arka plan ve ışık 4/4 lük.Gözdeki canlılık da etkileyici.Selamlar,ellerine sağlık!

Hola Selen,
Una imagen de gran belleza en la presentación, la nitidez y detalle son extraordinarios, el fondo es espectacular. Saludos
José Ramón

This is a very interesting specie that you captured with great skill Selene. I love those great details, exposure, composition and DOF. The bird is very sharp and this is the first time I see one like this :) Thanks,

Hola SDelen. Una calidad fantástica. Un ave preciosa. Sería interesante el poder captar las aves a ras de suelo. Quedan muy bonitas. Una slaudo y TFS.

José Luis

Hi Selen ,
what a nice shot. it has excellent focus and nice sharpness.
well composed and great BG.
very well done.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-29 7:38]

hi Selen,

fantastique image, la netteté et la lumière son de haut niveau. Excellente couleur, oeil perçant.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-29 7:39]

Hello Selen,
Fantastic photo of this special Heron. Very sharp with lovely details and colours in the feathers. Good POV, composition and BG.

Hello Selen,
Amazing details, quite impressive!
Well composed image, I like how the bird fills the frame in a no-nonsense way...
Tech wise flawless!
Pablo -

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-29 8:24]

Hello Selen,
Super sharp focus and excellent exposure gives this image great plummage details and colors, great job Selen, thanks for sharing.

merhaba Selen,
birkaç gün aradan sonra tekrar Galapagos'tan harika karelerin devamını görmek çok güzel. netlik ve çekim harika. sol üstten gelen ışıkla daha da hoş olmuş kare. eline sağlık, iyi çalışmalar, selamlar

Hi Selen,

This is a very good picture. Perfect focus, DOF, BG and composition. Super, super sharp. Very good pose too. Well done.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-29 11:04]

Hello Selen,
Wow, I've never seen this Heron before. Very interesting and an excellent capture. I like its pose and details are very sharp. He must be quite hard to spot!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-29 12:34]
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Hello Selen,
It looks like you were able to get close to this Lava Heron to be able to take such a fine and detailed shot, as with many creatures in the Galapagos. Nice lighting and compostion too.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-05-29 13:53]

Hello Selen,
I am seeinfg this bird for the first time Selen. Very good capture with good sharpness and details. Nice composition.
TFS, Smitha.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-05-29 14:02]

Hello Selen,
Fantastic photo, great colors

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-29 15:39]

Hola Selen,
otra bella captura,
perfectos detalles,
nitidez y armonía...
el plumaje espectacular,
preciosos tonos,

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-05-29 15:52]

Great capture! Looks like a mix of Green Heron, Black and Yellow Crowned Night Heron. !sy time to see this bird for me, too! Well done!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-29 16:22]

Interesting, small size for a heron. Wonder what evolutionary process it went through. Image is excellent with sharp detail and color. Selamlar,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-30 14:43]

Hi Selen,

Wonderful looking bird and a great capture. Excellent grey and blue colour tones. Nice sharp details, great POV and good DOF



Merhaba Selene,
A great capture of this heron!
You had a very good light and took advantage of it.
Got clear and sharp details on the plumage, I can distinguish some green hues on the back feathers.
It's very harmonic and well balanced the composition builded.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Muy buenas Sebnem
Preciosa la garza que nos muestras, me gusta el detalle tornasolado de las plumas.
Mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-31 9:27]

Hi Selen.
Can anybody to reflect this beauty better? I think, can not. Brilliant picture and exactness of the heron reproduction. We can see each feather and other smallest details. Sunlight is wonderful. Image of water and bottom are amazing too. Super. Bravo. TFS.

Merhaba selen
güzel bir ışıkta net temiz bir çekim Tebrikler

hi selen!
nice one on a very fine heron
and i like the matching background
sharp with good composition
well done!

Hi Selen,
Beautiful bird portrait. I like these grey colors; a lot of detail and tones...

Hi Selen , very strange heron species , colors and bill also , good comp. i think image sharpening application is little over , TFS .

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