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Lava Heron

Lava Heron
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Galapagos Islands
Date Submitted: 2014-01-10 14:35
Viewed: 1667
Points: 12
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Butorides sundevalli

Lava Herons are endemic to the Galapagos Islands. They can be mostly observed on the James Bay area of the islands. Lava Herons are small (35 centimetres), grey, dark on wings and back, and orange legs. Lava Herons can be found along the rock shores and mangrove swamps around the islands. The Lava Herons dark grey colour blends with the colour of lava.

The Lava Heron has evolved to adapt to its environment through its colouring.

The Lava Herons colouring enables it to blend in with its environment and therefore hide from predators. The adults can be very dark and difficult to spot against the lava.

Lava Herons have also been known to eat the flies that gather near cacti. Unlike most herons, these birds nest in solitary pairs in either the lower branches of mangrove trees or under lava rocks.

This heron is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Striated Heron, or even just a colour morph of it. However, it is typically maintained as a separate species.

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照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色鮮豔華麗 第一次見到這種鳥很新奇 也非常難得
光線亮麗 羽毛的花紋圖案都很漂亮 也很有光澤
構圖美麗 背景深遂

nice haircut, greetings Ori

Hello Mr.Manyee,
To me an excellent picture.Wish I could capture such detailed picture with splendid light.Nice POV.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-11 15:50]

Hi Manyee,a very curious heron specie in a magnificent capture,it seem a bit surprised by you and your camera..ehehe...i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Interesting bird Manyee! Beautiful photo too!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-13 5:38]

Hello Mnyee,
Several years ago I have been to the Galapagos-islands and most of the creatures you show, I also had the opportunity to see them. But I missed this this Lava Heron which seems to be a very interesting and vivid bird, which you show with this superb shot. Thanks a lot for the whole series, I'm sure you don't mind if we don't write for every shot.
Kind regards

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