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Purple Heron Take Off

Purple Heron Take Off
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Copyright: Mahesh Patel (ohmshivam) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 26 W: 25 N: 33] (104)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon eos 1000 D, Canon EFS 55-250 mm, UV (Haze) 58 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-01 3:19
Viewed: 3900
Points: 12
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I have taken Purple Heron take-off image from the shaking small boat without tripod at Nal Sarover Bird century, 65 KM away from city Ahmedabad of Gujarat, India, where lots of migration birds use to visit every year.

The Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, breeding in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia. The European populations are migratory, wintering in tropical Africa; the more northerly Asian populations also migrate further south within Asia. It is a rare but regular wanderer north of its breeding range.

The Purple Heron is a large bird, 80–90 cm tall, with a 120–150 cm wingspan, but slender for its size, weighing only 0.5-1.3 kg. It is somewhat smaller than the Grey Heron, from which it can be distinguished by its darker reddish-brown plumage, and, in adults, darker grey back. It has a narrower yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults.

There are three or four subspecies:
•Ardea purpurea purpurea Linnaeus, 1766. Africa, Europe north to the Netherlands, and southwestern Asia east to Kazakhstan.
•Ardea purpurea bournei (de Naurois, 1966), Bourne's Heron. Cape Verde Islands (included in purpurea by some authors, but treated as a distinct species Ardea bournei by some others).
•Ardea purpurea madagascariensis Oort, 1910. Madagascar.
•Ardea purpurea manilensis Meyen, 1834. Asia from Pakistan east to the Philippines and north to Primorsky Krai, Russia.

The Purple Heron breeds in colonies in reed beds or trees close to large lakes or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.
It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish, frogs, insects, small mammals, reptiles and small birds. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It tends to keep within reedbeds more than the Grey Heron, and is often inconspicuous, despite its size.

It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The long neck of Purple Heron looks particularly snake-like, with more of an S-shape in flight. The call is a loud croaking "krek".

The Purple Heron is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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Hi Mahesh
just perfect moment with great sharpness on head

Hi Mahesh
Good timing, decisive moment, good composition, natural light and beautiful subject. Thanks for sharing
Regards Hedesan

Just in a right moment you open your camera shutter. Good composition also.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-01 8:38]

Hello Mahesh,
With perfect timing and good focusing you made a fine capture of a Purple Heron taking off. Nice composition with the habitat too.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Mahesh,
Wonderful action and sharpness. Excellent photo, especially under the circumstances. Very good composition as well. Best wishes.

Hello Mahesh Bhai,
Well done while shooting this heron at Nal Sarover.

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