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Green Backed Heron

Green Backed Heron
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Copyright: Sheriff Wilbury (soccer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Herons, 50-60 points (chapter 5), Birds of South Africa 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-26 9:16
Viewed: 5031
Points: 86
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Green Backed Heron

I was checking what birds were on offer to photograph one morning in the Kruger National Park at one of my favourite places. One is always keen to see what is in close range to the car so that the opportunity to photograph them can be maximised.

I was concentrating on some Stilts that were close to the water's edge when, unexpectedly, this Green Backed Heron popped out of nowhere to sit on top of this perch and have a lookout point, where he could see across the water....

Some information on the Green Backed Heron, which are in fact quite numerous in the Kruger National Park but not always seen so frequently.

Size: L: 45 cm. Wt: 200-250g. Males and females similar. This species is not seasonally dimorphic.

Adult: back and sides of neck chestnut brown; dark green upperparts and crown; upper mandible black, lower yellow; white throat and breast; legs yellow.

Juvenile: throat and breast streaked brown and white; lower mandible darker; chestnut on neck paler; upperparts and crown brownish-green, some mottling on back.

Nestling: semialtricial and downy; down on upperparts dark grey, thick on back, and bushy on head; down on underparts pale grey, thin.

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Avec des yeux comme ceux-là, on ne s'étonne pas que le héron soit un bon pêcheur.

Hi there.

Yet another lovely photo of one of your birds.

I love the whole setting from the way the bird is perched on the tree to the detail that can be seen from the photo.

Well done.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-06-26 9:58]

Hi sheriff,

A very nice composed shot of this Heron,sitting on this old branch,very nice quite BG as well,like it a lot and TFS,


Hi Sheriff,
Nice detail, color, and light. Well framed with nice subject to BG contrast. I see a small spot on the lead edge of the frame :)
Well done and Thank You!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-06-26 10:32]

Hi Sheriff ! Another wonderful bird shot ! I love composition and BG very much on this one. Excellent details and colors, beautiful pose of the bird. Very well done !

Hello Sheriff,

What a lovely pic of the Green Backed Heron. Love the object with its great detailed and blended colours. Love the POV. TFS
Well done SW!!


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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-06-26 11:43]


A well balanced composition with perfect exposure. Well done!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-06-26 12:35]

A lovely capture! The light is excellent...so are the colors, detail, POV and the DOF. Very, very well done.
Bravo and TFS.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-06-26 12:38]

Hi Sheriff,

Well done on this capture and composition.
Cmos cleaning time. ;) :)


hi sheriff
ce heron semble pret a fondre sur sa proie avec son regard percant.
belle capture.

Excellent capture Sheriff,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-06-26 14:24]

A beautiful shot, lovely POV, background and composition. lovely all round

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-26 14:54]

Well caught Sheriff, this is an excellent shot well composed. The pose of this green Backed Heron is perfect. Very well done, Didier.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-26 15:23]

Hello Sheriff'
WOW!!! BEAUTIFUL. Well composed and captured, with sharp detail and fantastic colours. Blurred BG lends more impact to the subject. Do you think cropping out an inch on the rhs would make the composition any better.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-26 16:17]

Hello Sheriff,

Wondeful picture and composition turniing the spotlight on this nice bird. He is very looking as our Green Heron we have here in Quebec. The simple but great bg enhanced greatly the subject and you get a perfect pov. Great details too. Good work and TFS,


Excellent, good pose, nice detail, well taken!


Hi Sheriff,

I really like this picture. Good focus, DOF and composition. Well done.


Hi Sheriff

Excellent shot. Well composed, perfect BG with good exposure. :-)

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-06-27 2:27]

Good sharp image. Good compo with open space it is looking into.

What alovely shot you have here , great composition and colors, the BG and the Perch ar excellent.

Great job my friend. I love that place and have over 3000 pics from this year alone. Pity they all not as good as this one... TFS

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-06-27 8:37]

A stunning shot! Good for you for taking advantage of his unexpected visit.
I love the composition and the DOF, which keeps him central.
Thanks for sharing

Perfect composition.
Great sharpness and mood.
Good DOF.
Well done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-27 8:48]

Hello Sheriff,
wonderful capture of this heron. Great pose and excellent POV. Wonderful details and good sharpness. The nice blurred bg lets the bird stand out very well. Lovely composition.


Awesome shot! Picture perfect. Well done!


Hi Sheriff,
This looks excellent! I really like the composition and framing on this shot. Great quality early morning light has rendered beautiful saturated colors. Detail is tack sharp. Perfect isolation from the backround. If you look at the right edge it looks like you have a dust spot on your sensor. I have to clean mine abot every 2-3 weeks. Looks awesome!

Hi Sheriff,
Beautiful shot, excellent composition.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

Hello Sheriff
I have a new appreciation for anyone who can photograph a wild animal, bird or insect on the move. It's not as easy as it looks.

You've caught a nice shot of this Green Backed Heron. Focus, colour and composition are all great. TFS Janice....one day I might actually get a bird shot ;)

Hello Sheriff
C'est une très belle présentation que tu nous envoies. le cadrage est joli et la composition. La pose de l oiseau est tres belle
Merci et au revoir.....JP

hello Sheriff,
very good compose of this little heron at one side, is well located in the pic. Good approximation for a wild bird. Seems you was watching behind some bushes or leaves.
Best regards

Man, what clarity - everything completely in focus. Is this a large bird?

Hi Sheriff,
This is a beautiful capture! Excellent composition, perfect exposure, very clear details and great OOF background.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Sheriff.
Another your lovely shot of a very beautiful bird. I am very impressed how you used the space of right-hand part of the picture, which allow onlooker to follow bird's look.
Perfect done. (I have dared to strengthen sharpness a bit.)

Hi Sheriff, This is a lovely shot of the Green Backed Heron. I think you were right to close in on the bird too much, it looks terrific in that setting. Beautiful composition, well done :)

Rustic revival! You let me know when your'e going to the kruger again, I have to go with you, youv'e either got 20xportions of luck or 20xportions of patience.

Well done

Lovely shot!
I like very much the BG colour and the lighting here. Nice isolation of the subject and great atmosphere. Good work, TFS.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-18 11:22]

Hi Sheriff,
Excellent shot, wel framed with good detail, exposure and colours on the Heron. Nice warm light and I love the BG, very simple and plain, but the subtle light and shadow across it really gives some atmosphere. Excellent work.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-07 8:04]

Hello Sheriff! Very nice composition and shot with talent and good technique, well done, thanks!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-17 6:44]

Hello Sheriff,
An excellent portrait of a Green-backed Heron taken in a fine sharp chance capture and set in an excellent composition on the tree stump. The OOF neutral BG is ideal.
TFS this beauty,

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-09-18 0:47]

great shot! nice exposure and good light!
good composition.


great shot and composition.

I noticed a sensor spot on the right side, and the bird seems to be somewhat soft on focus a little bit, it's not very noticeable unless you really look hard at it. of course then again it could be my eyes too

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-09-22 3:18]

Hello sherrif,
you nature shaots are really beautiful and real nature.
The environment and setting are splendid.
excellent clarity with the texture of the wood, greatly enhanced by the burry blue bckground.
brilliant production.


Hallo Sheriff,
a superb picture of this Heron, outstanding sharpness, splendid colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hi Sheriff, this is a great shot of the Green Heron (we just call them Green Heron here in the United States). We have lots of them in my area of the country. You did a great job capturing him. Have a great day, Bill

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