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Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)


Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.5, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-15 4:52
Viewed: 1687
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this shot from my car a few months back when i was returning to the field camp. Indian Pond Heron is a common sighting in Southern Pakistan. Wikipedia has following details;
The Indian Pond Heron or Paddybird (Ardeola grayii) is a small heron. It is of Old World origins, breeding in southern Iran and east to Pakistan, India, Burma, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They are widespread and common but can be easily missed when they stalk prey at the edge of small water-bodies or even when they roost close to human habitations. They are however distinctive when they take off with bright white wings flashing in contrast to the cryptic streaked olive and brown colors of the body. Their camouflage is so excellent that they will close approach before taking to flight, a behavior which has resulted in folk names and beliefs that the birds are short-sighted or blind.
They appear stocky with a short neck, short thick bill and buff-brown back. In summer, adults have long neck feathers. Its appearance is transformed from their dull colours when they take to flight, when the white of the wings makes them very prominent. It is very similar to the Squacco Heron, Ardeola ralloides, but is darker-backed. To the east of its range, it is replaced by the Chinese Pond Heron, Ardeola bacchus.

During the breeding season, there are records of individuals with red legs. The numbers do not suggest that this is a normal change for adults during the breeding season and some have suggested the possibility of it being genetic variants.

Erythristic plumage has been noted.The race phillipsi has been suggested for the populations found in the Maldives, however this is not always recognized.It forms a superspecies with the closely related Chinese Pond Heron, Javan Pond Heron and the Madagascar Pond Heron.

They are very silent but may give a harsh croak when flushed or near their nests.

Thanks for viewing,
Warm Regards....AKBAR

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nice shot and so clear as usally....

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-04-15 5:36]

Hello Akbar,
Excellent photo of this Indian Pond Heron in great sharpness, details and very beautiful clear light and colours. Taken from an ideal POV. Nice blurry background.
Regards,
Peter

Hello Akbar,
Beautiful picture of this Pond Heron.Nice details and colour.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
Srikumar

Intrigant playing of light on th ploumage. Excelente details perfect focus. Great compo too MF Akbar!

Roberto

Bonsoir Akbar,
Superbe valorisation du sujet dans une splendide lumière et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6525 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2014-04-15 13:04]

Hi Akbar,there is a special light so well managed on this pic,magnificent capture of this heron with the best detail and colors,great work! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Akbar,
Another great shot...Excellent details and superb focus. Lovely bird.
I like this sunny scene! I wish I have some time for chasing around my county....
Marius.

Great detail and I like the soft BG Akbar.
Nice close comp and interesting light, well done!

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2014-04-17 12:36]

Hi Akbar,
wonderful capture of this lovely bird ,
beautiful composition, excellent sharpness, lighting !
Best regards !

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