Purple Heron in Flight
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|I clicked this beautiful Purple Heron on this Sunday at Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Noida (India). This is one of my few shots where I tried capturing a bird in flight. Hope you all would like it.|
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.
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 similar to grey heron, but with darker, chestnut-buffy to purplish-brown tones, particularly to neck and underparts.
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, insects, small mammals, reptiles and small birds. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim
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".
2. A Field Guide to the Birds of India by Krys Kazmierczak
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- [2011-01-18 11:13]
Your first attempts are very nice. First of all you managed to capture a very nice bird with so attractive coloration. Second you managed to freeze the scene perfectly. Pose of the bird is very impressive and exposure parameters are very good too. My kind wishes and TFS.
Hi Vinay,Superb colors and composition
Thanks for sharing
- [2011-01-19 3:18]
this a lovely shot in excellent view. The elegance of the flight is splendid composed.
Really a beautiful view with details of the wings and the exciting glance that show a lovely sharp eye.
Excellent presentation and congratulations for such a pleasant scenery.