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Purple Heron

Purple Heron
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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: 2009-04-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-10 6:25
Viewed: 4708
Points: 52
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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)

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Exposure Time 1/1328
F-Stop f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings 200
Focal Length 800/1 mm

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Merhaba Selen Hanım,

TN'e uğramaz oldunuz. Karelerinizi özlettiniz valla.
Nefis bir porte çalışması olmuş. Detaylar her zmangi gibi mükemmel.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-10 6:56]

Merhaba Selen,
Splendid kopyalayın. Başka bir örnek gibi görmemiştim.
Tebrik ederim.
Sessiz bir gün,

Hello Selen,
Good to see a posting from you.
Fantastic photo in excellent sharpness and details. The colours are gorgeous, warm and very well saturated. How could you come so close? Great POV, choice of composition and OOF BG.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-10 7:34]

Excellent photo with great colors and details!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-09-10 7:42]

Selen hanım selamlar,
Ne kadar alımlı, ve zarif bir duruş ...
Başarılı bir kadraj, net alan derinliği, ışık kullanımı, keskin detaylar ve harika renkleri ile, mükemmel güzellikte bir fotograf.
Emeğinize sağlık,

Selen Hanım merhaba
uzunca bir sürenin ardından sizi ve güzel çekimlerinizi görmekten mutlu oldum. yeniden hoşgeldiniz diyeyim.
yaz döneminde çektiğiniz fotoğraflar birikmiş olmalı. belki de yine bir Neotropikal Bölge gezisine çıkmışınızdır.
inşallah onları da kısa zamanda peşpeşe görürüz.
bu güzel Ergüvani karesi için de kutlarım. çok çok güzel olmuş. kadrajı, netliği, renkleri ve göz teması, hepsi nefis.
elinize sağlık; selamlar.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-10 10:08]

Wonderful colored capture.
Very sharp, great POV.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-09-10 10:13]

great picture !!!

but full body would have been better

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-10 10:50]

Hello Selen
Wonderful portrait of this heron, I like vivid colors and excellent details

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-10 10:55]

Selen Hanım merhaba,
Gerçekten harik bir kare olmuş.Renkler,netlik ve detaylar göz alıcı.Bakış açısı ve kadraj da mükemmel.Elinize sağlık.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-10 10:56]

Hi Selen. This is a first class close uo of this Purple Heron.
Taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. With rich colours. Good view of the large eye. well done TFS.

Merhaba Selen!
Beautiful portrait of heron, I like eye-contact and very nice sharpness. Maybe (only my opinion :>) it is a pitty that the bird body is not shown as entire (especially that only a small part is not visible), but it is still very nice picture :)
Greetings from Lodz,

Selen excelent this Heron,
It is a fantastic photo. Very sharp and interesting colours.

beautiful striking pic, TFS Ori

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-09-10 12:42]

Hello Selen,
I long ago didn't seen your photos. This is very successful. On nice blurred BG perfect sharp Purple Heron, all the feathers are exactly visible in very good light.
Regards, Pawel

Merhaba Delen,

A really great capture of this Purple Heron with beautiful natural coloration, sharpness & fine details. Great POV, pose & BG.

Nicely done & TFS.



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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-09-10 13:40]

Hello Selen,

her Majesty the Purple heron! Her Majesty the photographer Selen! Both together make a photography summit. Thanks, Selen, for the spectacle.

Best regards from dry Switzerland. I sincerely hope that you are not affected by the terrible floods in Turkey.

Hello Selen.
A looking much expressive!
A true paint of the nature, very well captured for you!
Fine sharpness, colours and details.
José Roberto

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-10 17:12]

Hi Selen,

This Purple Heron is magnificent!! Gorgeous colors of the face, neck, and body. I love the striped effect of the grays, rusts, blacks and whites. The details of the feathers are amazing. The yellow eye shines through. A superb vertical composition.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-09-10 22:19]

Hi Selen,
Amazing details and colors on the long neck of this heron.
Beautiful stance.
The DOF yields a lovely BG.
TFS. : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-10 22:19]

Hello Selen,
A great close portrait of a Purple Heron!
The details of the head and neck are seen with superb sharpness, lighting and detail that includes excellent eye contact.
Thanks and thanks for your kind words on my 600th!
Best wishes,

hello Selen
if you exclude Night Heron,the herons because colour are difficult in the photographing,here you managed very well the light, with the very good technique the result it is very good and is elected all his beauty,wonderful photo
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-09-14 10:46]

Hola Selen,
sensacional captura amiga,
grandes detalles, sobresaliente color y bg.
saludos amiga.

Hello Selen,
what a wonderful portrait of the Purple Heron taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness and marvellous colours, i like this very pleasing composition with a great eye contact.
Best regards

Merhaba Selen, beautiful Heron in great pose, fine details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Merhaba Selen
Very nice portrait of this heron, all is good

Best regards.

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