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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: 2009-04-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): aquatic birds! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-30 9:07
Viewed: 5596
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-05-30 9:10]

Selen hanım selamlar,
Kuş büyük avcı ama, balık çok ufak ...
Başarılı bir Erguvani Balıkçıl portresi.
Kadraj ve alan derinliği yakışmış.
Işık kullanımı,renk ve keskin detaylar mükemmel güzellikte.
Emeğinize sağlık,

Merhaba Selen and welcome back after so long pause!
Great to see your new picture in TN gallery :)
The hehon looks really nice, I like close-up and good sharpness. Timing was very good (not for the prey of course ;>), and note is very informative :)
Greeting from Poland,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-30 9:19]

Hello Selen
Wonderful portrait of this heron. Excellent details and beautiful colors.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-30 9:49]

Hello Selen,
Your next fantastic shot.I love this composition and colors.Excellent note.Thanks for posting.Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-30 10:10]

Hi Selen . nice to se a picture from you. A very good close up of this Purple Heron with its fish. The detail in the feathers is first class with rich colours. i like the water droplets fom the bill. well done TFS.

hello Selen
you are late to present photo but gain the impressions, splendid presentation and photo

hello Selene!
good moment captured..
i like the S of the purple heron

cheers sERGIO

Selen merhaba,
:))) uçan, kaçan senden kurtulmadıgı gibi,birde avlananada kaçcamamış, avımız biraz küçük geldi :))
ellerine sağlık selam ve sevgiler

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-05-30 11:28]

Hi Selem
Nice to see you back with that great closed up image.Very sharp image with great detail.Also very nice to see the water droping from is beak.
TFS Michel

  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-05-30 11:38]

what a great capture
the contradiction between the small fish and the huge bird is wonderful.

Hi Selen,
Ver good close up shot. Nice POV , good sharpness. TFS - Regards - Adil.

Hello Selen,
Excellent capture! You has been patient to take this beautiful shot, very natural, with excellent colours and sharpness. Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-30 12:38]

Hello Selen,
Good to see you back after a month. What a fantastic photo and so close! Perfection in sharpness and splendid clear colours. Your low POV was also excellent. Great DOF, timing and composition.

Hello Selen,
what a wonderful picture of the Purple Heron taken with outstanding sharpness and brilliant colours, very good timing to show in a fantastic posture of the Heron with the prey in its beak, very beautiful composition in a splendid natural environment.
Best regards

Salam Selene,

A remarkably beautiful capture of this Heron with small fish; nice details & sharpness. TFS.



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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-30 13:20]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Güzel yakalamışsınız.Netlik,yakaladığınız an ve kompozisyon mükemmel olmuş.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

Ciao Selen, superb portrait of fantastic Heron, splendid sharpness and wonderful details, beautiful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Great timing, dear Selen. Nice capture with good focus. I have a picture of a Heron with a fish in my Treklens gallery. Please feel free to see it. Congratulations and TFS, my friend.

Greetings from Brazil,

The Superior Waterdrop trick eh Selen...? The curves blend and make the frame as if magical...I am still looking for a "proper" frame for an image of yours which I came across the other day......coincidence you posted today? Perhaps...Very well seen.

Hello Selen,
A somewhat dainty bite for the heron - perhaps an appetizer? Very sharp focus and excellent color. BG is slightly "nervous". I like this shot very much, however, and thanks for sharing.

Hello Selen,
Good shot of Purple Heron with excellent details. The small fish snack & water droplets fom its bill makes it further interesting. Well done & TFS
Best wishes-Subhash

Hallo Selen
The features on this bird are really exquisite. The black line in between the toffee coloured feathers stands out very well and is rather eye-catching. Just as much as the lovely yellow eye. You have captured the intense stare action and the bird’s emotion very well. The colours of the overall photograph is just great and your photography brought it out to its best. Great camerawork in all aspects. I appreciate your sharing this lovely heron with us. Best regards.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-05-30 23:22]

Merhaba Selen hanım,
netliği, detayları ve aksiyonuyla harika olmuş, kutlarım.

Çok hoş bir av karesi.
Ellerinize sağlık.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-31 4:41]

Merhaba Selen!
Herzamanki karelerinizin tadında. Harika bir çalışma.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-31 6:13]

Selen Hanım merhaba,
Estetik seviyesi yüksek doğanın günlük hayatından nefis bir kare olmuş.Renkler,netlik,derinlik hepsi çok iyi ve çok hoş...

Selen mehraba,
Süper bir zamanlama ve çok iyi bir yakınlık. Tebrikler. Selamlar

Nice to hear from you after a long, long time, Selen!
I hope all is well with you and your loved ones!

What a wonderful composition with this superb bird! He is posing for you :)You captured superb details with perfect exposure and natural colors. But what I love about this shot is how you've frozen time here...!!! The water dripping from its beak...

As I say, my saying its a wonderful shot would be tantamount to my showing light to the sun!

Cheers, my dear friend, and do touch base!

detaylar harika olmuş selen hanım,
elinize sağlık.
En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-31 10:28]

Hi Selen.
I am very pleased with your returning and sharing an amazing flower. Pictured species is fantastic in its beautifulness. You have pictured it also superbly. Details are unbelievable, cropping is fine and natural scenery is looking greatly too. Bravo. Perfect job.
P.S. I am very touched with your warm comments on my last post.

Merhaba Selan Hanım,nefis bir fotoğraf,ellerinize sağlık,selamlar :)

Hello Selen,

Excellent photo of this interesting bird.
Light,focus and sharpness are fantastic.
Good notes.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-05-31 12:17]

Hi Selen,
Outstanding shot of this Purple Helen with its small catch. Amazing sharpness, clarity and colours and I like those water droplets falling from its beak. Excellent POV and DOF. Kudos.

Hello Selen,
amazing capture,very sharp details,great colors and light.Excellent timing,

Balık gerçekten Erguvaninin gagasının kovuğunu doldurmaz..
Tebrik ederim,selamlar.

Hi my friend
This is my favorite heron, great work and best moment,
Best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-06-02 2:23]

Hola Selen,
sensacional trabajo,
exquisito retrato y realismo...
saludos amiga

su damlacıkları, minik balık ve harika bir model. netlik, aksiyon, renkler ve kadraj çok güzel. elinize sağlık, Selen Hanım.
mesajdaki dilekleriniz için çok teşekkür ediyorum.
iyi akşamlar, selamlar.

Bonjour Selen
Très belle prise, très beau sujet, couleurs et netteté. Une image capturé sur le vif ! Bravo

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-04 13:02]

Hello Selen,
A really great close-up of this beautiful Heron with a tiny fish! Details and colours are stunning and the composition is very nice too!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-06-04 15:27]

Hola Selen.
Finos detalles como el pequeño pez en el pico de esta Garza y los colores de su plumaje hacen de esta foto una joya digna de admirarse.
Debes de estar feliz por compartir tan hermoso trabajo.
Saludos Selen. Cuidate mucho.

Hi Selen

Yes I enjoyed my brief time in Turkey. Lots of amazing landscapes and history in the southwest corner that I visited.

Cool shot of this heron in action. Great composition and sharpness.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-07 4:02]

Hi Selen,
excellent , captivating and very special presentation of this
heron. excellent sharpness and the graphic effect of the grass make it so attractive and original.
the natural siurrounding is well kept too.


Hola Selen,
Fantástica captura con excelente composición, gran nitidez con bonita luz y color, saludos
José Ramón

a great sharpo portrait, greetings Ori

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