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Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of South Africa - Part 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-09-22 12:04
Viewed: 1688
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this 'Squacco Heron' (Ardeola ralloides) at Marievale Bird Sanctuary. It was a cloudy day. Very difficult to find them in dry marshland.
'Squacco Heron' a small heron, is a migrant, wintering in Africa.
* Length - 44-47 cm
* Wingspan - 80-92 cm
* Habitat - Marshy wetland

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Wonderful bird and very special capture.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-09-22 19:37]

Hello Srikumar,
What a fine looking inflight shot you have captured. The focus is very sharp which shows the bird off in excellent detail. Wonderful eye contact and an attractive clean BG. All white plumages are always hard to obtain the correct exposure, but you did quite well. Super job!!

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of fantastic in-flight bird, perfect focus, fine details, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Sri

Very nice and punchy picture from this bird taken in full flight. I suspect it was not easy to get it.

Technical achievement

• Superb focus on the whole bird
• Good exposure – Coongratulation for the white wings – not easy to get it
• Good depth of field and sharpness
• Good contrast in the bird from the black beak to the white wings
• Exceptional sharpness showing all the details of the bird, even in full flight
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering for the feathers
• Correct post processing without too much excess
• Good and stylish background blurr enhancing properly the bird.


• Interesting picture of a bird in full flight.
• Excellent capture of the movement of the bird which appear

Hi Srikumar

Great picture of this beautiful bird, excxellent capture in flight with great details, very nice pose, excellent bokeh.



Hi Sri,
This is a fantastic image. I think Philippe (amanengone) told everything about the technical side, so instead of repeating him I just simply enjoy this masterful photo without additional words, as the composition's also breathtaking.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Hi Srikumar,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the Squacco Heron in flight. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice day.


Hello Srikumar,
Very nice capture with excellent details and nice colors. Stunning clarity and focus. I like the contrast against the brown environment....this specie is wide spread in the Danube Delta and I love to meet them....
Excellent quality....

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