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Chinese Pond Heron @Ardeola bacchus

Chinese Pond Heron  @Ardeola bacchus
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-29 4:26
Viewed: 3128
Points: 52
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This Chinese Pond Heron is waiting for its victioms, normally small fresh water fishes. It is standing on a float of wild water mimosa in the middle of a freah water stream.

The Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus) is an East Asian freshwater bird of the heron family (Ardeidae).
It is one of six species of birds known as "pond herons" (genus Ardeola). It is parapatric (or nearly so) with the Indian Pond Heron (A. grayii) to the west and the Javan Pond Heron (A. speciosa) to the south, and these three are presumed to form a superspecies. As a group they are variously affiliated with the Squacco Heron (A. grayii) or the Madagascar Pond Heron (A. idae). As of mid-2011 there are no published molecular analyses of pond heron interrelationships[1] and osteological data is likewise not analyzed for all relevant comparison taxa.
The Chinese Pond Heron is typically 47 cm (18.5 in) long with white wings, a yellow bill with a black tip, yellow eyes and legs. Its overall colour is red, blue and white during breeding season, and greyish-brown and flecked with white at other times.

It is found in shallow fresh and salt-water wetlands and ponds in China and adjacent temperate and subtropical East Asia. Essentially a lowland bird, its range is delimited by the subarctic regions in the north, and by the mountain ranges in the west and south.

The species is prone to some vagrancy. One individual in breeding plumage was seen by the river at Bonzon near Gangaw just inside the Chin State of Burma , west of the species' usual range, on April 8, 1995. A stray bird stopping over on Saint Paul Island, Alaska on August 49, 1997 was the first recorded occurrence of this species in the USA.

Its food consists of insects, fish, and crustaceans. The Chinese Pond Heron often nests in mixed-species heronries. It lays a clutch of 3-6 blue-green eggs.

Ref : Wikipedia

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Hi Foozi
great sharpness and nice natural surroundings

Ciao Foozi. Fantastic environmen for the detailed and sharpened bird. Beautiful natural colours.


Ciao Foozi, great capture of fantastic heron, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid shaepness. very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Our local country peoples are call it fish Heron. very good composition with natural environment. sharpness and colour is very nice.

Hi Foozi,
another excellent photo of bird. Amazing colours and composition. Great sharpness.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-29 5:56]

Hello Foozi,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo of this Chinese Pond Heron in a beautiful environment. Splendid natural colours. Taken from the best POV in a marvellous composition.

A perfect portrait of a pond heron.

hello Foozi
this is a very good composition
great sharpness good light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Very good setting and excellent pose with eye contact.
Excellent detail and light.
A beautiful and nicely marked bird.
regards yiannis

Hello Foozi

Excellent close-up photo of this Chinese Pond Heron,
with fine POV and framing, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-29 7:27]

Hello Foozi,
Fantastic photo of this Pond Heron. Excellent sharpness, details, light, colours and pose. Very good POV and composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-29 7:44]

Hello Foozi,
A very fine capture of the Chinese Pond-heron. Thepose was taken from a great POV with superb sharpness and natural colours against the OOF neutral BG. The composition with the mimosa-like foliage is excellent.
Thanks and have a good week,

Hi Foozi
Wonderful specimen. Great capture with lovely natural colors and very good sharpness.

Hello Foozi
Impressive photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness. Interesting bird too!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-01-29 9:51]

Hello Foozi,
Such a beautiful bird in a fine pose and a brilliant view of it standing there on guard among the pretty Mimosa leaves. Excellent focus, details and natural colours. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-29 10:49]

Hi Foozi!
Excellent capture of this interesting bird in its environment. Sharpness and details are impressive! Very good DOF and nice light.
Ciao! Vanda

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-29 11:25]

Waaw Foozi,what a great capture of this brown heron! The details of plumage and face are magnificent,a very professional work,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Foozi,
A beautiful capture of this bird in a great pose. The details, sharpness and colours are excellent. Well done!

Salam Foozi,
This is superb close framing of this heron. The sharpness and tone are exquisite exposing the plume's vivid details. Fine sharp image and beautiful all-around bird capture.
Thanks and have a great week ahead,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2012-01-29 21:26]

Hello Foozi

Lovely hot - nice pose and excellent eye contact.

Best wishes


Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
A very nice captured of this bird, excellent sharpness, great eye-contact, beautiful natural colours and great composition,
Thanks for sharing and have a great week,
Best Regards,

impressive close up photo, with very fine photo performance!
regards Foozi

Hi Foozi,

The bird is well framed. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Chinese Pond Heron. It is clear and sharp. The late afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-30 10:32]

Hi Foozi!
What a shot! Perfect with amazing sharpness and great BG and POV.Nice composition.Good job,indeed! TFS
Regards from,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-30 20:12]

Hi Foozi,
Excellent portrait of a beautiful bird. Nice natural colours and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-02-02 6:01]

Hello Foozi,
Back again on TN! At first a great thank you for your kind visits to my gallery. You seem to have had a great luck with several birds. I especially like this picture with the superb mix of interesting bird and vegetation. Beautiful color-combination too and well presented with a powerful Foozi-composition!
Thanks alot!
Kind regards

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