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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: 2005-09-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herons, Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Herons, Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-30 8:49
Viewed: 4801
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Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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)

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Perfect exposure with great sharpness Livio. Very well composed and the BG effect is very nice. Very well done! Thank You.

At first glance, I thought I would have chosen a different composition (the whole bird)... though, looking more closely, I think you made the right decision. The dark background on the left is interesting and contrasts well with the pure white bird.

Technically, you got the heron perfectly sharp and we can appreciate all the details on the bird thanks to the good exposure.

Well done, nice shot !

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-11-30 10:00]


Great shot. Lovely clarity, focus and POV. I assume it was walking when you shot since they rarely stand this still when I try to get them. In that case well stopped. The water forms a beautiful frame. Lovely.

Awesome note.


Hello Livio,

A beautiful heron, nicely captured, well composed, lovely details and exposure.

Very complimentary BG with its gentle swirls and ripples.

Thank you!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-30 10:37]

I like the curves on this egret, Livio. Excellent POV and composition. The focus and exposure are perfect too. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-11-30 10:46]

Hi Livios,

Beautiful portrait and well done on the composition. Excellent work.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-30 11:30]

Hello Livio!
Very nice capture.I liked framing,POV and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Hi Livio,
it's a well captured. The exposure is avery good.
Well composed and nice POV. The bird is well seen from the BG.
Very good details too.
Well done.

Hi Livio

Running late this morning so a quick critique, but enough time to look at this lovely shot. Well composed, good detail, sharpness and clarity are spot on. Thanks.

Beautiful composed close up of this white heron on a very pleasing background. Way to go Livio. :)

Hello Livio,
very nice capture with great colours, sharpness and dof. Great composition. Thanks for posting.

Hi Livio,
Superb job on this exposure. Beautiful white color with all the details. The OOF backround appears to be some moving water, and it looks great. Well composed and framed. Great job!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-30 22:53]

Superbe composition et très jolie contraste.

Félicitations pour les couleurs et la netteté.

Merci Livio!

Good shot, well exposed, my only pick would be that the detail or highights in the plumage on the back is soft, now this could be explained by maybe the bird had just recently taken a dip in the water and the feathers were and matted down by the water. But the shot seems very close up so I would have thought there to be more highlights in the plumage. Guess this is more of a question, the shot is good and well presented.


Hi Livio,
Very nice portrait!
Perfect exposure and great contrast,
very good background and nice frame.
Well done and thank you!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-01 11:44]

Wow, this is really good Livio! I love composition, BG with blurred water, pose of bird. Its neck looks amazing!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-01 12:06]

Hello Livio,
Magnificent portrait!
POV,framing,sharpness and composition are perfect.TFS

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-01 13:47]

I really like the colors here! The contrast is superb!
Well seen and captured!
Excellent photo!

Parabéns Livio por mais uma belíssima captura!
A nitidez está perfeita, gosto também do fudo, o efeito está ótimo!

Um abraço
Francisco Sales

muito bom o contraste de cores com o fundo e a nitidez, parabens.

Hello Livios.

Excellent picture, very good details and composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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