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Cool birdie

Cool birdie
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pretty - Perfect - Picture [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-11 1:59
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This is Capped Heron - Pilherodius pileatus...

Story: Manu wildlife center was located on the river bank somewhere in the rain-forest of Amazonas. It was a day 3 and we had a plan to photograph macaw's and parrot's on the little side river few miles from place we stayed or wildlife centre. We had to arrive before sunrise and take place in prepared hides. After 30 min by boat and 20 min quick walk we arrived to the palace. My equipment was quite heavy and I was little bit exhausted :) We placed our cameras on tripods and had to wait for action...
The place we arrived is very special for all macaw-parrot birds and they are visiting this place daily. So what is so important to all this birds? The answer is "clay" rich on minerals. Eating the clay is said to aid digestion and to remove the toxins from their bodies, enabling them to eat unpalatable fruit...

Round six meters from me was an wooden pillars in the middle of the high grass which was little bit distracting... and the place where suddenly landed our unexpected guest or Capped Heron :) One of our guide favorite bird landed so close to us :) I made 30 shots in few minutes and than our birdie just dispirited somewhere out-there...

It was a nice day and I made many shots of different spices.

Hope you like my quick story :)

Some info about bird: http://www.rainforestconservation.org/data_sheets/birds/capped_heron.html

KOMSIS, anemone, CeltickRanger, uleko, cicindela, Dis. Ac., tcr, Rolf has marked this note useful
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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-01-11 2:32]

Hi Ralf,
Capped Heron, a beautiful composition ...
Color and sharp details, very nice.Strong sunlight.
Best wishes,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-11 2:36]

Hello Ralf
Wow! Wonderful heron taken with beautiful colors, great details and clear Bg

Hello Ralf. splendid catch of this capped heron with fine pose and beautiful composition.
TFS. Kind regards,

Hallo Ralf
This is a great capture! A simple, yet so beautiful composition. A special image with lovely prominent colours and clear details of the beak. Masterly photographed and I cannot find any fault. You have photographed this "Cool Birdie" in a most relaxed position and pose displaying all the beautiful details in its facial area. Sharpness is exceptionally great and the image as a whole is presented in a most delightful manner. Lovely soft background. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards

hello Ralf

excellent photo of the Capped Heron shot with fine POV
and appropriate framing, excellent focus sharpness and
details of the bird and foreground, beautiful luminosity,
beautifully blurred background, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-11 6:25]

Hello Ralf,
One of the best photos of this heron I've ever seen. It stands in fantastic light with a streched neck. Beautiful colours with a great OOF BG. Excellent sharpness and details. Good composition and POV.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-11 7:26]

Hej Ralf,
You were really lucky to see this and at such close range! This is a fantastic species that I haven't seen before and your capture is brilliant! Excellent quality as always!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-11 7:40]

Hej Ralf,
Superb, superb!
Excellent in every respect with the lighting just right to make this a top quality portrait of the Capped Heron. What a wonderful place to visit!

great heron, never saw this species before, TFS Ori

Ciao Ralf, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, fine details and superb sharpness, beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ralf!
I saw in TN many different hero species, but this one is seen by me for the first time. I like a lot its colouration.
According to picture technique I must say that I like a lot clarity and warm, soft tones. DOF and sharpness are also very good.
TFS and have a nice week!
Friendly yours,

Hello Ralf,

an fine warm coloured image from these Heron with good pov and details.


Excellent heron shot. This is the most amazing heron I've seen so far... You got a posure there.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-01-13 7:47]

A fine image presented with impressive focus, beautiful composition, light, pose and colour.
Greetings and TFS.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2010-01-13 17:33]

Une superbe photo. La lumière est extra et les couleurs sont parfaitement exposé.


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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2010-01-20 23:20]

Hello Ralf
Wonderful heron taken with beautiful colors and details.

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