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Kotuku, White Heron

Kotuku, White Heron
Photo Information
Copyright: Thorsten Mueller (thorstenphoto) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 12] (72)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-07
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-14 17:58
Viewed: 5278
Points: 16
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The great White Heron in his natural environment. I was hiding in a gorse bush ..........outch!! and nearly giving up on the SX40 as I tried to use this new point and shot camera in the same way as my Canon 5D DSLR....big mistake. This time I have chosen the sit and wait tactic and it worked out just fine. The white herons or maori: "Kotuku" are residents of the south island of new zealands west coast. There is a breading colony near Okarito. During Nov. till Feb. you will find most of the birds population down there as well as spoonbills bcause its there breading time. Otherwise you are may be lucky to see a single bird somewhere along the coast whitin a lagoon or estuary as I did. The SX40 is a great litle camera and you can do amazing stuff with it if you know how and I'm still learning!

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Hello Thorsten

Welcome to TN, the Canon SX40 it is a great long
zoom camera (a friend of me have the SX20 & SX30),
excellent photo of the White Heron with his capture,
with fine POV and appropriate vertical framing,
beautiful reflection of the bird on the water
and very beautiful light coming to the image, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-14 23:42]

Hello Thorsten.
Very good shot of this White Heron, very good timing compositie details colours i like it. Welcome to TN! Best regards Siggi

Hello Thorsten,
Welcome to TN.
A wonderful White Heron at an interesting moment. Nice reflection.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-15 1:40]

Hello Thorsten,
Welcome to TN!
beautiful capture of this Heron with good sharpness and light; great time tacken and nice contrast with the dark background.
Well done!

Hello Thorsten,
first of all, welcome on TN. Lovely capture of this beautiful Heron with a very good timing to take it with a catch of fish in its beak. I also like the wonderful contrast against the dark background and the nice reflections on the water.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Thorsten,
Bienvenue sur TN avec cette agréable publication restituant une belle scène de la vie sauvage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2012-04-15 15:30]

Hi Thor, great name, like a superhero :)

Welcome! and a great first post, good subject and good photo with a perfect moment as this beautiful white heron caught his meal, a really good size meal too. Beautiful time of day, when the light is low and soft, the dark background is really nice to bring out the contrast of the bird, but yet not over exposed it with the strong contrast.

Excellent photo quality with details and lovely composition.


very nice photo and sx40 wowwwww,


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