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Grey heron

Grey heron
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma DG 150-500 mm APO HSM OS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-25 0:04
Viewed: 2737
Points: 14
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Photo taken at the Marievale Bird Sanctuary near Nigel.

The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds retreat in winter from the ice in colder regions. It has become common in summer even inside the Arctic circle along the Norwegian coast.

It is a large bird, standing 90100 cm tall, with a 175195 cm wingspan and a weight of 12 kg. Its plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. Adults have a white head with a broad black supercilium and slender crest, while immatures have a dull grey head. It has a powerful, pinkish-yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The call is a loud croaking "fraaank". The Australian White-faced Heron is often incorrectly called Grey Heron. In Ireland the grey heron is often colloquially called " crane ".

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Excellent composition. Wonderful colors and great details.
regards vijeesh

good image. great clarity. wonderful background. thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter, nice capture of the heron, a very beautiful image with a perfect light. All the best, Paul

Hi Peter,
excellent point of view. Very good sharpness - many details. Nice colours and composition.
Have a nice Saturday,

I think it is second nature for this species to look so lonely. They remind me of our two youngest, also tallest of our 7. One is 6'9" The other is 6'7". neither of them seem to be able to keep stable mates and as here we see only one... Perhaps on a venture to find a nice singles bar for aviaries:-)

Hi Peter,
What a great capture! It's not often we see the feet of these birds. A very nice wide open shot with nice focus. It's so very intersting to see birds from across that match ours in North America so very closely. Well done.


Excellent lighting, Composition, DOF and BG. You have a sharp image - well done.

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