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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-09 12:52
Viewed: 4650
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends,
Been a long time since my last upload, hope all is well with you :o)
This is one of the herons I like a lot. I named this "pinsharp" because of the sharp and lovely form of the bill.
Thanks for looking

Purple Heron
Ardea purpurea
TR: Erguvani Balikcil

*The Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) is a wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, breeding in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia. The European populations are migratory, wintering in tropical Africa; the more northerly Asian populations also migrate further south within Asia. It is a rare but regular wanderer north of its breeding range.

The Purple Heron is a large bird, 80-90 cm tall, with a 120-150 cm wingspan, but slender for its size, weighing only 0.5-1.3 kg. It is somewhat smaller than the Grey Heron, from which it can be distinguishes by its darker reddish-brown plumage, and, in adults, darker grey back. It has a narrower yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults.

The Purple Heron breeds in colonies in reed beds or trees close to large lakes or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.

It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish, frogs or insects with its long, sharp bill. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It tends to keep within reedbeds more than the Grey Heron, and is often inconspicuous, despite its size.
In flight in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The long neck of Purple Heron looks particularly snake-like, with more of an S-shape in flight. The call is a loud croaking "krek".

The Purple Heron is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
(*Source: Wikipedia)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-09 12:59]

Hi Selen. Its good to see you posting i hope all is well with you.This is a first class inflight shot of the Purple Heron . Which you have taken with fine detail anf sharp focusing. It has some nics colours and markings. well done TFS.

Have a nice Easter weekend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-09 13:08]

Hello Selen,
Good to see you back on TN!
A supern, pin-sharp, capture of a Purple Heron in flight. I like the frozen upward beat of the wings and the lighting is great against the simple sky BG.
Well done, thanks and best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-09 13:16]

Hello Selen,
Yesterday I was looking at your photos and I was thinking you were gone forever. And see, one day later, here you are!
Fantastic photo in great sharp details. Wonderful composition in very fine natural colours.
Hope to see a lot more in the next time.

Hello Selen,
i am happy to see again your wonderful pictures like this one, a great view of Purple Heron inflying, very good sharpness and beautiful natural colours in a splendid composition, very well done.
Best regards

Hello Selen! Fantastic flight. Wonderful bird. Excellent work. Well done!

Trakuştan sonra burada da sizi tekrar gördüğüme sevindim, Selen Hanım. bugünden taze taze bir kare. Ergüvaninin uçuş anında çok güzel bir açıdan çekilmiş, çok güzel bir fotoğrafı. renkleri gibi kanat detayları ve açısı da çok güzel olmuş. elinize sağlık. yeni karelerde görüşmek dileğiyle, iyi geceler.

Merhaba Selen hanım,
Yeni karenizi görmek güzel. Harika bir uçar erguvani balıkçıl karesi. Hedef şaşırmayan Ok gibi:)
Elinize sağlık.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-09 21:27]

Hi Selen.
How well that you restart to post your wonderful shots. This is amazing. You managed to catch fine bird at so attractive pose. Wingspread is brilliant, shapes of the bird are very expressive and your POV and terrific. I like great details and sharpness of the image, superb reproduction of rich colouration of the bird and blameless composition of the image. Well done and TFS. MY beset regards.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-09 21:44]

Hello Selen
Nice shot.

hello Selen
wonderful bird,
fine glance and good shot,
beautiful photo
best regards

Hi Selen,

It’s about time :) and its so good to see you back posting its been way to lonnngggg, excellent in-flight shot of this stunning Heron.

Those colours are amazing, superb frozen action revealing excellent detail in the plumage, and the wonderful light just adds to this beautiful image.

All the best, Cheers Rick :)

Hy Selene
Welcome back!
This is one of the herons that I like, but not very often seen. Good captured in flight this bird, showing the colors of the wings. Well done!
Regards, Oana

After quite a long break you've come back with a beautiful flier on the wing Selen, the natural grace of the flying heron was finely enhanced by the neutral-grey BG and that sigmoid curve of the long neck added some dynamism to an already eye pleasing capture. Thanks also for the detailed notes my friend.

Hi Selen
Great inflight action shot with lovely color tones in the feathers and pin sharp detail.
tfs jon

Merhaba Selen, nice see you again on TN, splendid Heron in great flying pose, wonderful capture with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, beautiful light, very well done, have a good Easter week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Selen

Great in-flight shot of this majestic heron. As you say, a pin sharp result, great plumage details. Good light and he's highlighted well on that greyish sky.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-04-12 6:33]

Hi Selen
Welcome back I've been missing your image.Great in flight image.Like the title say razor sharp image with excellent detail.Good plumage detail and lovely colors.
TFS Michel

Welcome again to site Selen .
Hope to see your other beautiful photos .

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-15 1:40]

Selen hanım selamlar,
Çok güzel bir kompozisyon.
Renk ve detayları mükemmel kalitede.
Emeğinize sağlık.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-04-15 6:55]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Herhalde 2009 un ilk fotografı:)Netlik,ışık,detaylar ve kadraj mükemmel olmuş.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

Hi Selen
Another nice shot in your gallery. It is good to see another photo from you ;-) I like the moment and delicate pastel colors
Best wishes

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-04-29 9:37]

perfecta captura amiga,
encuadre y atractivo pov.
saludos Selen

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