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Face to Face
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-22
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds - Aves Acuáticas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-03 5:33
Viewed: 4091
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the same lagoon of the Zoo of Buenos Aires where I captured the image of the White Heron, I found face to face to a specimen of Black-Crowned Night Heron and other white heron.

In spite of the distance and conditions of light, I seemed that it was a photography for sharing with you... I hope you like it.

More information on the white heron, can find it HERE

Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

The black-crowned night heron is 23-28 inches tall. It has a wingspan of almost four feet. It is a medium-sized heron with a stocky body and short legs and neck. It has a black crown and back , gray wings, and a white underside. Adults have red eyes and yellow legs and feet and in breeding season, two long white plumes on their head.
Females and males look alike, but females are a little smaller. Immature night herons have a gray-brown head, chest, and belly streaked with white. Their eyes are yellow and they have gray legs. Black-crowned night herons don't have adult plumage until they are about three years old.

Habitat: Fresh and saltwater marshes, swamps, and wooded streams.

Food: Black-crowned night herons hunt for food in the early morning hours and at dusk. They stand and wait for prey like frogs and fish to pass by. They sometimes raid the nests of other herons and birds and steal the chicks. They also eat amphibians, crustaceans, insects, and small mammals.

The female black-crowned night heron lays three to five eggs in a nest in the reeds or thicket, and occasionally in a tree. The nests are made of sticks and twigs. The chicks hatch in 24-26 days. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks regurgitated food. They nest in colonies. The chick will fly in 42-49 days.

Behavior: Male night herons use their nests to attract a mate. The same nest may be used for many years.

(Trans. of Babel Fish)

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I think this is an "Argentine stand off" The dark backround hides the fence nicley. And the two birds in the light. Nice one Ricardo.

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-09-03 13:26]

Very nice catch Ricardo, like the pose the birds have here.. very good composition !!

Hi Ricardo
looks like a Great Egret, Egretta alba. I like the mood of the shot, and the two opposite each other. I would crop out the vertical bars in the BG. It would increase the impact of this photo an lot. I assume it to be bars, as you said this is taken in a zoo.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-03 15:14]

The good the bad and... we need an ugly one. Great shot Ricardo, I think it is a little too dark in places. There certainly feels like some tension between them! Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-03 15:42]

Tension between them, maybe its called wedlock. I like the image and the moment a lot. I do agree with Callie about removing the bars. Thanks for posting.

Beautiful scene, Ricardo. I just love those birds and having two of them in opposite corners of your shot makes a wonderful composition to look at. Even with some shadowy areas, this is a very pleasing moment caught for eternity. Well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-03 19:25]

A very good shot.
The composition is excellent with the birds in opposing corners,it is dark but it has quite an artistic feel to it.
Very good work and a great note too.

Ricard, I like your composition with the two birds of which the lower one seems to be watching the other. The bars from the zoo are not disturbing in fact they add to the atmosphere.
Greetings, Jan

That's a funny one, looking to another bird, nice see, Ricardo !

I enjoyed this photo very much, mostly because I live in an area that has a Great Blue Heron rookery, and have yet to take a photo of the heron that I have been happy with. Nice to see a well-composed shot of one (or two) of the heron. A little dark, perhaps, but considering the background (cage bars), it's probably an asset. Good job.

Excellent composition, Ricardo. The colors and details are also very good.

Very well done.

Excellent Romeo and juliet
Mais dommage pour la cage...ca gache l'ambiance

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2004-10-19 10:38]
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Bella ed efficace immagine colta in un momento fortunato, hai avuto il merito di cogliere al meglio questa situazione!!

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-09-29 22:39]

Hermosa composiciòn: Me hace recordar a las ilustraciones de los libros sobre aves o ecosistemas. Hermosos colores y un buen encuadre. Felicitaciones!

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