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Green Heron


Green Heron
Photo Information
Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS, canon tc-dc52b 1.6x
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-11-23 3:37
Viewed: 4038
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The green heron

This is a re-post of my first one I have made last 20 september. Japie wrote to me at that time: "Welcome to TN. You start with a beautiful post. The sharpness and DOF is excellent. The composition/crop is great, a tighter crop would not have had the same impact. My only nit is that there is no note supporting this great shot. Thanks for posting and I hope to see lots more of your work." And I did so.

Classification:
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Butorides

Identification:
- small, cryptically colored
- sits with neck contracted
- greenish black crown, white undersides streaked with white
- 18 inches long
- iridescent green back
- legs and beak yellow/green to orange

Nesting:
The male and female both help build the nest in low shrubs. The nest is usually concealed, flat and interwoven. They occasionally are located on branches over the water. Two to four eggs with some reports of up to seven, the color is light green or blue. Incubation is three weeks and fledging is about five weeks. The young learn quickly to climb branches and wander from the nest. Parents will tend young for at least a month after they have left the nest.

Food:
Fish, insects and other small vertebrates and invertebrates. Fish is relative to ease of obtaining them.

Range:
Most of eastern United States and very lowest portions of Canada and coastal fringe of the Pacific including Baja.

Behavior:
The birds slowly crouch and wait for food to come by. Their neck is like the shaft of a javelin and quickly prey is speared. Flight is rapid with deep wing beats. Flies with neck semi-extended. Some green-backs have been seen dropping bait of insects into the water and waiting for minnows to feed before having lunch. Most are solitary. The genus name means bittern-like.

Hope you like it!

RAP, LordPotty, ellis49, Kirsten, marhowie, red45, extramundi, willie, christophe, PDP, gerhardt, Callie has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-23 3:49]

Una nueva version Luc con un mayor acercamiento sobre el ave que permite distinguir más detalles del mismo.
La composicion es muy bonita así como el POV.
Tal vez el punto débil sea el foco algo soft...parece que estuviera centrado sobre los juncos que están detrás.
De todas formas como presentacion es muy buena.

A new version Luc with a greater approach on the bird that allows to distinguish more details of the same one.
The composition is very pretty as well as the POV.
Perhaps the weak point is the focus something soft... seems that it was centered on the rushes that are behind.
In any case as presentation is very good.

A very good shot, good details, good pose.
Well done

This was great for a first post.I wondered if you were using auto focus? The slight softness on the bird almost suits it.I tried sharpening a little just to see what would happen,(workshop).The bird is not too bad, but the reeds in the background are noisier, (must be more of those herons ;)

A very nice shot Luc.
Nice colours and pose , good colours and the eye is very sharp. The rest of the body is soft, mayge a higher f-stop would have helped.
Well done.

Hi Luc, nice shot, good composition and colours.looks like he's ready to fly away any time.
well done!

Luc, Great re-post, very good supporting note this time around!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-23 9:02]

Wow! I like this bird very much. BG is very sharp, saturated green colour looks impresive. Very good work.

Very beautiful shot with a detailed note too. As Ricardo says I think the focus is not perfect on the bird, the back light and transparencies of the plants (and opacity of the bird) tricked your camera this time. It usually happens to me in macro mode, if background has a lot of light and shooting a neutral or pale subject, my cam always focus the BG, no matter where the aiming point is.

But this time due to the fantastic background and composition gives a nice atmospheric feel to the image, at least I like it very much.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-23 11:18]

For me this is the best you posted of this bird. Brilliant shot

Luc tu as fais ume belle composition, si je peux me permettre, peut ętre un léger manque de mise au point sur le héron, le contraste, Top, Great shot Luc

Amicalement Christophe

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-23 14:59]

The last of the mohecians? Excellent capture and i love his hair style. Great focus on it's eye, very well done.

Yes, Luc I like it. That hair style is so "in" right now. The earth brown undershirt and dark grey trousers very elegant. :)

Nice shot Luc.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-24 1:04]
  • [+]

And we have seen a LOT of your beautiful work - Thanks. The crop works for me (Like it lots)and this is really a very good shot.

I dont think that I must now say that the crop is too tight and I prefer a wider crop :)

Thanks for posting

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-11-25 13:25]

Hi Luc
I just love these shots where the birds are pulled through a thorn bush, backside first, and the "hair" standing on end. Beautiful. And the note now really rocks. Thanks for RP it.

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