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White Faced Heron

White Faced Heron
Photo Information
Copyright: Jason Searle (Mazer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS, Tiffen Haze 1
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 7:47
Viewed: 5618
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

The White-Faced Heron is a large graceful bird instantly recognisable by itsí long slender neck, long straight beak and long yellow legs. Mostly grey in colour there is a white face in adult birds and yellow legs. It is distinct from other herons by being grey instead of browns or black and white patterns seen in other herons. Juveniles can look brownish, particularly in flight, but look for the long yellow legs. Herons can also be mistaken for egrets, which are usually white, but the Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) does have a grey variety in southern Australia. Look for the white face of the White-Faced Heron to distinguish it from the grey type of the Eastern Reef Egret.

Usually found near water, the White-Faced Heron can often be seen fishing in the shallows. It seems to fly in slow motion with long sweeps of the wings.

White-faced Heron Facts:
Feeds: edge of water
Eats: invertebrates, fish
Nest Habits: stick nest in tree
Flight: slow flight, neck not extended
Habitat: waterways, lakes & dams, urban
Size: Approx 70 cm
Comments: straight beak, long curved neck, long yellow legs

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-14 7:56]

Hello Jason,
excellent portrait, with wonderful detail and lovely pose of the bird.
The POV and wonderful light bring out the details and colors perfectly.
Very well composed with nice placing of your subject and a great OOF BG.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-06-14 8:11]

Hi Jason,
Excellent shot of this Heron. Great POV , good details and brilliant colors.
Good job.

Hello Jason,

What a beautyful bricht colours. Good POV. Just a perfect picture.

Jeroen Mulder

Hi Jason
very nice bird and perfect exposure with nice BG.

Very well done Jason.
Excellent composition with very nice pose of the bird, soft color tones in the background and feather details.
Exposure is spot on.
Still think that there is some room for improvement in sharpness and clarity.
Did rework the image a little in Photoshop.
Hope you like it.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Harry

great regal pose nice colors good background. focus seems just a little soft to me.

Great capture and beautiful detail. Bravo!

Hi Jason,

Great POV with warm colours, and nice OOF BG. I like it a lot, where did you find him?


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-15 3:07]

Beautiful, Jason.
I like the pastel colors on his plumage.
Great pose! Excellent POV and DOF.
TFS. : )

One of the best shots I've seen of a WfH Jason, wel done.
Superb composition, great pose, great light and colour
Superb sharpness and OOF background


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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2007-06-16 2:38]

Beautiful shot.
Lovely colours
Nice details.
well done

Beautiful feather detail, great pose and wonderful composition. Your bird shots are magnificent and a joy to view.

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