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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds 2 - Aves Acuáticas 2, Herons, Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Herons, Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-17 8:09
Viewed: 4676
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There is some overexposure in some areas, but I decided to post this because of the pose.

Herons are medium to large long-legged, long-necked wading (Warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings) birds of the family (Herons; egrets; night herons; bitterns) Ardeidae, which also includes the (Any of various usually white herons having long plumes during breeding season) egrets and (Relatively small compact tawny-brown heron with nocturnal habits and a booming cry; found in marshes) bitterns.

Within the family Ardeidae, all members of the genera, (Bitterns) Botaurus and (Bitterns) Ixobrychus are classed as bitterns, not herons, however the species sometimes known as egrets are simply white-coloured herons with decorative plumes, and not a biologically distinct group (although one could also define true Egrets as the members of genus Egretta). The classification of the individual heron species is fraught with difficulty, and there is still no clear consensus about the correct placement of many species into either of the two major genera, Ardea and Egretta.

The (Tropical American heron related to night herons) Boatbill is sometimes classed as a heron, and sometimes given its own family (Click link for more info and facts about Cochlearidae) Cochlearidae.

Although herons resemble other families, such as the (Large mostly Old World wading birds typically having white-and-black plumage) storks, (Wading birds of warm regions having long slender down-curved bills) ibises and (Wading birds having a long flat bill with a tip like a spoon) spoonbills, unlike the latter groups, herons fly with their necks retracted, not outstretched.

Herons typically feed in shallow water or marshes, taking fish, frogs or small birds and mammals. In February 2005 the (A river rising in northeastern New Mexico and flowing eastward across the Texas panhandle to become a tributary of the Arkansas River in Oklahoma) Canadian (A person with advanced knowledge of one of more sciences) scientist Dr Louis Lefebvre announced a method of measuring avian (A measure of a person's intelligence as indicated by an intelligence test; the ratio of a person's mental age to their chronological age (multiplied by 100)) IQ in terms of their innovation in feeding habits. Herons were named among the most intelligent birds based on this scale.
(Source: www.absoluteastronomy.com/encyclopedia/h/he/heron.htm)

Manual mode
ISO: 400
Post process on Photoshop CS2

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Hi Livio,
It is a great pose. Good timing to get the perfect shot. The colors and detail look good to me. That is a really bright sunny scene. To much exposure range to get it all, but you managed it very well.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-17 10:06]

good shot Livio,
very nice capture, good details, the pov is nice and the dof is good, very good job,
gr. Jaap

Hi Livio,
It's a good photo with nice pose and good POV.
I like the composition too. It's only some parts who slighly OE and that's a minor nit.
Very well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-17 10:42]

Great pose, Livio. And very pretty picture of this great egret (Ardea alba) by the water. They ARE so amazing with their long long legs, and to them, having to scratch themselves is no less than an acrobatic act. Very nice scene, and TFS. : )

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-10-17 10:54]

Hi Livio,
Belle attitude de l'Egrette. Compo originale et superbe cliché.


Hello again Livio,

I very much like the pose on this wonderful creature as well.

Perhaps, he is scratching his head and trying to remember where he put his other foot ?

Well captured and presented, thank you.

Hi Livio. Pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Well exposed and interesting action captured Livio. I think the title fits well ;-)
Thank You.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-17 12:13]

Hi Livio
Nice pose for this bird. I also like the one third grass and two thirds water.
Regards Toni

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-17 13:48]

Hi Livio,

Nice picture. Good pose and excellent exposure. Well done on the composition and sharp details. Good POV & DOF. Well done & TFS!


Nicely captured Livio,
The OE isn't bad. But as you say it was well worth posting because of the pose.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-17 16:19]

Hi Livio,
Very good capture!
Excellent detail and colour,
great composed.

It's a great pose and an interesting composition. I like it very much. The little bit of overexposure doesn't bother me, you did well to get as much detail as you did.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-18 2:18]

You were right to post this beautiful bird, its pose is nice ! In my opinion the quality shot can come from good setting but also from the originality of subject. Congratulations Livio.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-18 3:59]

Hello Livio!
Wonderful shot.I think,white feathers are not overexposed.Details,POV,DOF and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hi Livio

Nice management of the white. Just perfect! Good details, POV and timing. Top shot. Thanks.

Hello Livio!
Very nice pose.Details,POV,colors,lighting and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

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