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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-07 5:23
Viewed: 4068
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-crowned Night-Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax

Descriptive notes.
62 cm, 550-800 gr, wingspan 110 cm. Shorter nuchal plumes, legs and lores red during courtship.
Non-breeding adult has cap and back duller. Juvenil spotted and streaked brown, grey, buff and whitish.
Races separated essentially on size and plumage variations, hoactli has narrower supercilium and legs salmon pink during breeding, falklandicus dimorphic with normal and dark morphs and obscurus is darkest race, large and smoky brown underparts.


Fresh, salt or brackish water, areas with aquatic vegetation or on forested margins of shallow rivers, streams, pools, ponds, lakes, swamps and mangroves.
Feeding in dry land and along marine coasts. Roosts in leafy trees: pine, oak, mangroves, etc, or bamboo.

Food and Feeding

Very varied diet, including Fish, frogs, snakes, turtles, lizards, spiders, small rodents, crabs, crustaceans, and eggs and chicks of other species.
Feeds crepuscular and nocturnal but can feed during day.
Passive feeder make use with variety of techniques including "standing", "walking slowly", "hovering" (whereby they fly over the water, pausing in mid-air to capture prey) and "swimming feeding" (a bird will open and close its wing to frighten prey).
Mainly feeds alone and maintains territory.


Colonial, sometimes in very large colonies (5500 nests in Malaysia).
Nest site very variable: trees, bushes, reedbeds, cliff ledges and even on ground. Nest of sticks, rushes, reeds, etc.
3-5 eggs, incubation usually by mfemale 20-22 days. chicks have buffish brown down with darker crown. Sexual maturity at 2-3 years.

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Hi Elroyie
Very nice capture.
Lovely pose of the bird and wonderful detailed feathers.
Sharpness, composition and exposure are excellent.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm regards and have a nice weekend,

Excellent POV and framing Elroyie.
Perfect color and exposure, sharp details..Very good DOF, and you stopped the action nicely..The small water droplets accent, and help to convey motion as well :)
Very well done.

perfect in flight capture

Hola Elroyie
Precioso momento el que lograste captar el de este martinete, una bonita pose, una buena luz, un buena nitidez, y esas gotas de agua que se caen del pico le dan a la toma un plus especial.
Un saludo

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