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White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron
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Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300 1:2.8 L IS II USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-12 13:31
Viewed: 2103
Points: 32
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Photo Note
This photo was taken on Frazer Island, Queensland Australia. Frazer Island is the largest sand island in the world. Australia has made it a National Park. The photo was taken in the morning under sunny condtions. The Heron was hunting in the creek, taking advantage of the
rain water from the previous days of rain.
The photo has been cropped. A Monopod was used.

White-faced Heron
Egretta novaehollandiae

The White-faced Heron is particularly versatile. It can be seen in many different wetland habitats: they occur on reefs, in rock pools and mudflats by the coast, in estuaries and saltmarsh, swamps, rivers, drains and at farm dams; they even occur in pasture and hypersaline wetlands. There they can be seen foraging for a wide range of prey, mostly small aquatic creatures, using various methods, including standing and waiting for their prey, slowly stalking it, frantically dashing after it, or disturbing it by stirring the water with their feet.


The White-faced Heron is mostly light blue-grey in colour, with a characteristic white face. In flight, the dark flight feathers of the wing contrast with the paler grey plumage, making this bird easily identifiable when viewed from below. It has a long, slim neck and a pointed grey-black bill. The legs are long and dull yellow in colour. Sexes are similar. When breeding, the birds have long feathers (nuptial plumes) on the head, neck and back. The White-faced Heron has a slow bouncing flight. Young White-faced Herons are similar in appearance to the non-breeding adults (no nuptial plumes), but are duller, with little or no white on the face. They often have a reddish colour on the underparts.


White-faced Herons are the most commonly seen herons in Australia. They are found throughout the mainland and Tasmania, and most coastal islands. They also occur in Indonesia, New Guinea, New Caledonia and New Zealand.


The White-faced Heron feeds on a wide variety of prey, including fish, insects and amphibians. Food is obtained in a variety of ways, such as walking and disturbing prey, searching among damp crevices or simply standing in the water and watching for movement.


White-faced Herons may breed outside the breeding season in response to rainfall. Both sexes share the building of the nest, incubation of the eggs and care of the young. The nest is an untidy structure of sticks, placed in a tree. Normally only one brood of young is raised in a year.

Source: http://www.birdlife.org.au

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Ciao Colin.
Splendida foto di questo esemplare di Airone fotografato nel suo ambiente naturale,eccellente nitidezza con ottimi dettagli stupendi i colori molto bene la gestione della luce bravo.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hello Colin

Excellent composition of the White-faced Heron,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,
love the red color tones (reflection) of the
background water, only thing the framing is tight
I would love to see just a little bit more space
in front of the bird where it is looking, TFS



You are rather new on the scene. I looked over your pictures and you are doing well. As for this one, the POV, focus, and color are excellent. The background is not adequately blurred, yet what I see of it might have improve the photo if you could have used a higher F stop and increased the DOF sufficient to see the entire environment in focus?!! Well done.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-12 15:31]

Hi Colin,not easy to comment a perfection like this,magnificent heron and top quality of details,colors and exposure,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Asbed has rightly pointed out that more space in front of the subject and less at its back makes the compo look better, Colin.
Other than that, it is a very good capture of this Heron.
Thanks and regards.

Beautiful Heron Colin! Beautiful photo too! Nice pose, good composition, wonderful soft lighting and good sharpness,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-01-12 23:02]

Hello Colin,
Nice capture of this common species of australian heron. The pose is great and the details well seen, through it is rather confined in the image and it would be better to have more space in front of the bird on the left, but maybe you had no choice.
When we were in Sydney we could get quite close to them where they are used to people.

Ciao Colin, great capture of lovely heron in a beautiful ambientation, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Colin,
really interesting bird. Perfect portrait. Amazing colours. Excellent 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)
  • [2013-01-12 23:52]

Hello Colin,
Excellent photo of this White-faced heron in good sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Everything is said about the framing and the DOF. Nice contrasting background.

My first ever seen "white faced" HERON, and they are my most favorite bird EVER and isn't this one so CUTE! He looks alot like our little blue herons here in the states. Looking fwd to more of your captures!

Hello Colin
You have captured this bird with nice color,sharpness,contrast and blurry background.I am not good in taking picture.But your picture inspiring me to capture such beautiful one.Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

這鳥照的很清晰 神態也很自然
很漂亮的鳥 台灣最近我也看見過 也照了幾張
還沒PO 可能很多國家都有吧
看了你的NOTE 你老真是用心
很感謝 你的分享

Hello Colin,
a very nice capture of this White-faced Heron with lot of detail and very perfect colour.
well composed picture.
best wishes,

hello Colin
very good sharpness and great details
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-28 22:43]

Hello Colin
lovely view of the white faced. The details are very well seen and you have composed the moment in a pleasant style. I like the way this bird looks at you.
Very well presented composition.


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