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Portrait of a Heron

Portrait of a Heron
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Copyright: Bruno Santana (brunorsantana) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 916 W: 411 N: 1511] (6503)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-10
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Portrait
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 58mm HOYA PRO1 Digital UV
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/501 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2009-01-09 9:12
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"The herons are wading birds in the Ardeidae family. Some are called egrets or bitterns instead of herons. Within the family, all members of the genera Botaurus and Ixobrychus are referred to as bitterns, and - including the Zigzag Heron or Zigzag Bittern - are a monophyletic group within the Ardeidae. However, egrets are not a biologically distinct group from the herons, and tend to be named differently because they are mainly white and/or have decorative plumes, and while having the same build as the larger herons tend to be smaller.

The classification of the individual heron/egret species is fraught with difficulty, and there is still no clear consensus about the correct placement of many species into either of the two major genera, Ardea and Egretta. Similarly, the relationship of the genera in the family is not completely resolved. However, one species formerly considered to constitute a separate monotypic family Cochlearidae, the Boat-billed Heron, is now regarded as a member of the Ardeidae.

Although herons resemble birds in some other families, such as the storks, ibises and spoonbills, they differ from these in flying with their necks retracted, not outstretched. They are also one of the bird groups that have powder down.".
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I took this picture at the zoo in Brasilia. To my joy, I photographed this fast guy at the precise moment when it had just catch a fish.

Hope you like it! Comments/Critiques are welcome.


Eu tirei esta foto no zoológico de Brasília. Para minha alegria, consegui fotografar essa rápida garça no momento exato em que ela acabara de pescar um peixe.

Espero que gostem. Comentários/Críticas serão bem-vindos.

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Hi Bruno,
What a great portrait of this heron. Sharpness and details are amazing here, fantastic colours. The timing was also perfect that you could capture it during fish eating. :) Congratulations, unique contribution to the Friday Theme! TFS.
Best regards,

What an incredible shot. I'v taken quite a few myself in the wild but this is the best I'v seen. Great detail even the eye of the fish, great color. I only wish I could see the back of the head.GREAT shot.


Hi Bruno, what a great portrait. The lighting is very nice, and the detail on it's head and the little visible fish parts - very nicely done:)

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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2009-01-09 9:43]
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Hi Bruno, what an icredible capture...
Superb macro shot

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  • isa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 62 N: 139] (1593)
  • [2009-01-09 9:48]
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Amigo Bruno!
Esta imagem está fabulosa, que soberbo momento, um autêntico retrato digno de figurar em qualquer compêndio da vida animal. A incidência da Luz cria um efeito de profundidade muito bonito.
Parabéns pela excelência,
Abraço fraterno desde este cantinho português.

Bom fim-de-semana! :>)

Olá Bruno;
Mas que grande tiro, e no momento certo, muito detalhe e cor muito natural.
Parabéns, bela foto.

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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2009-01-09 10:12]
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Hi Bruno,

I specially like the way it composed. The lights, timings, exposure and the tight crop everything is in the right place. Did you used multiple shots here. A very nice captured.

Well done..........tfs...........Buddy

hello Bruno
very nice cpture my friend
excellent portrait , great composed
best regards

Olá Bruno

Absolutamente surpreendente.Deveria dizer que belo retrato,excelente nitidez,cores e contraste,luz...tá tudo lá!

Grande abraço meu amigo

José Diogo

It's a classical photograph. Excellent capture and nice white tones and texture.

Ciao Bruno, superb portrait with splendid colors and fantastic light, great sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Oi Bruno,
Estou procurando uma palavra para tentar descrever meu sentimento ao olhar para essa foto. Linda, perfeita, maravilhosa, impecável, divina etc. Ainda não é isso que gostaria de dizer dessa obra de arte. Que momento único Bruno. E os detalhes do bico, do peixe, das penas, do olho. Nota colega. E ainda digo mais. Ficou linda como papel de parede :D

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2009-01-09 12:21]
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Hola Bruno,
estupendro retrato y brillantes detalles...
saludos amigo.,

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2009-01-09 12:22]
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Hi Bruno,
Fantastic portrait!

  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-01-09 13:50]
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Hello Bruno - great portrait of the Heron - especially with his mouth full of the fish! Excellent capture - so well timed. This is the sort of photo many of us would like to capture
Good one for the theme

Thank you for sharing

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-01-09 14:44]
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Hi Bruno,
Incridible capture! The heron catches quickly the fish and you caught the heron catching the fish with great skill. Perfect timing for both! :) I like the play with shadows and light and the acuity on the plumage.
Superb post! Bravo! Annie

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-01-09 20:29]
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hello Bruno

Very good catch of the moment to get this close up macro shot and really sharp in focus and the light is superb. I think your skill of using the light is very nicely shown here for best effect of the light+shadow impact which I always admire.

Only 1 comment about the crop of head at its back.

tfs, bill

Hi Bruno,
Beautiful action caught of this heron nicely composed and presented with great sharpness and colours,
A well taken picture and excellent done.


you capture the moment nicely...good timing..and the details and sharpness are well done..tfs


Bom dia Bruno,
Estupenda e irretocável. Uma das suas melhores. Cabe como uma luva no Friday's Theme desta semana.
Grande abraço,

Hello Bruno!
Excellent light here and wonderufl portrait!
Perfect detail and clarity!
Great work!
Best regards!

Hi Bruno
Wonderful capture and timing
Great light and details
Have a nice weekend

Hi Bruno,
Breathtaking portrait...
National Geopraphic type photo...
Stunning light and crop...
Selahattin E

Hey Bruno - I cannot I believe I missed this! Was just having a browse of your gallery...this is an amazing shot - the detail is amazing, and the colour fanatastic. Your timing is superb - congratulations!

Boa noite amigo!

5*! Está simplesmente magnifica, Bruno!
Cores, luz, nitidez estão simplesmente geniais.
Gostei sim, e muito!
A nota esta bem completa, meus parabéns!

um grande abraço, Brunão.
Próxima semana estou indo para aí... só que mais para baixo, São Paulo para ver a familia :)


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-01-10 10:31]
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If this was National Geographic Bruno I wpuld certainly believe it!


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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2009-01-10 11:27]
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Olá Bruno
Fantástica nitidez, cor e luz; excelent contraste; e uma forte imagem muito bem composta e apresentada.
Prabéns, mb

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-01-10 11:29]
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Hi Bruno...

Wonderful composition and great portrait of nice bird Heron...
Excellent catch - Amazing colors, light and shadow...
Bravo my friend,

Helo Bruno
Excellent sharp portrait and nice scene of feeding,just like real!!!!!!!

Hi Bruno, a great portrait capture of a heron feeding with a fish. wonderful action shot.
TFS and cheers,

superb capture from close up, Bruno.. excellent work.. i think this is one of your best.. well done.. tfs..

regards, terry

Ciao Bruno

Foto Jornalistica,
diga de ser capa do National Geography!
Belíssima luz e detalhes deste heron.
Eu estou pasmado com tamanha beleza e de como
voce administrou bem luz e sombras!
Parabens meu amigo!


Hi bruno
What a great capure of tha egret capturind a small fish. A sharp chosepu with great details of the plumage. Nice colors details too.

hello Bruno
how are you?
wonderful shot
great moment captured
interesting light work
wonderful details

Manuj Mehta

Hi Bruno,
What a stunning portrait vith great lighting, colours and details.TFS.


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  • jorgi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 46 W: 40 N: 33] (519)
  • [2009-01-12 0:18]
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Hi Bruno,

wonderful portrait of this most magnificent bird.
The light is excellent and it glows out of the black canvas superbly.
Catching it eating a fish is a great bonus (althout I feel sorry for the fish...) since the fish provides nice texture of strips.
All in all excellently captured and presented.


One of your many bests Bruno. I am quite impressed. Sharp, the colors look natural and is presented well against a dark b/g. Bravo! Danilo

Muchas felicidades por esta hermosa foto. Me encantan los contrastes de luz y smbre, coronados por el intenso color del pico.
Un abrazo

Maria José

Oh WOW~! What an incredible photo, excellent pp work Bruno! Super sharp, excellent moment catching him with the fish! I love how you blacked out the BG! Marvelous work!

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-01-12 11:55]
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Hello Bruno!

Wonderful picture!
Fantastic effect!
I congratulates execution.


Ola Bruno,
what an impressive portrait of a heron with an amazing timing here,
the light is just fantastic,
detailes, clarity and sharpnes are perfect indeed,
welldone my dear friend and tfs,
warm regards,

Olá Bruno!
Imagem simplesmente perfeita! Ótimos detalhes, nitidez e composição!
Você consegue belos registros, amigo.
Meus parabéns!
Um abraço,

great timing Bruno!
lighting and the dark background goes with very well.good pp work.

with regards,

Hi Bruno
I like this image alot, the fish really addeds to thee overall effect of the portrait.
Well captured!

Thanks for joining the theme

questo ritratto...!
Mi piace moltissimo il
contrasto con il nero
e la luce bianca..


Hi Bruno...fantastic shot..great light and details..amazing...


Sensational shot Bruno. This really showcases this lovely bird.
Excellent idea to use the black background. great processing, and well presented.
- Vincemt

Ciao Bruno
bella questa immagine e grande effetto della luce

Totally cool shot of "nature in action," though I must admit, I feel sorry for the little fishy! :O) I always find it interesting when animal rights people get all huffy about humans eating animal . . . well, look what animals do to each other.

Actually, it's a very sharp and clear photo and captures a "life event," which is wonderful.

Keep shootin'


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  • Usaf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 87 N: 312] (2160)
  • [2009-01-16 9:15]
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Hi Bruno
wonderful capture with very nice timing, I like the lighting effect of this picture, its dark but looks very nice. I can see a great sharpness and very detail in this picture.
Good Job & TFS

What a beauty. That is all I can say. Excellent photo!!!

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-01-18 7:54]
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HI Bruno
I caught shots of a heron catching a fish and also swallowing but nothing that looks as dramatic as this.
A fantastic shot that is really spectacular, that black background does quite a job of casting the bird

Hello Bruno,

This is a very impressive shot, you captured a wonderful moment here. Nice colors nad lighting.
Good job! :)

Superb moment and even better light!
This is an awsome picture!

hello Bruno..
wonderful portrait of Heron
very sharp detials of feathers with light falling perfectly on it.

Estou impressionada com essa composição. O momento do seu click foi perfeito, cores mágicas, sombras ótimas. Perfeita.
Parabéns! Vc tem fotos lindíssimas.

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  • Koala Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 370 W: 32 N: 77] (4031)
  • [2009-01-19 9:59]
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the light is genious :D
great shot,very clear and amazing details :D

Have a nice evening!


Oh, my heavenly days, what a magnificent photo! The light is extraordinary and the detail exquisite. It looks so unbelievably beautiful against that dark BG, too and what remarkable timing to catch it as it caught a fish. This is one of the most wonderful shots I've ever seen. Absolutely stunning. My greatest congratulations and many thanks for sharing this,

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  • Niva Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1121 W: 2 N: 877] (11866)
  • [2009-01-19 22:02]
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Imagem detalhada, apurada e sofisticada!
Made by Bruno Santana !
Parabéns, Bruno, assim você "arrasa" !
Um abraço, aguardando outras tantas dessa aí!
PS.: Vai para as minhas favoritas.

One word...MARVELLOUS!
it really makes me SPEECHLESS!


Bom dia Bruno
Há photos e photos...esta é pura qualidade.
Quase sem palvras mas com um enorme sorriso nos lábios
Um grande abraço

Olá Bruno,

Depois de todos os comentários já postados, só me resta dizer:

Parabéns pelo magnífico trabalho! Obrigado por compartilhar!

Grande abraço,

Hola Bruno.

Que gran imagen has captado con buenos detalles y nitidez en el momento oportuno.

Jose Luis.

ciao Bruno..
a little masterpeace!! excellent capture! thanks
ciao Marco

Mamma mia! what is perfection in this foto is amazing. it is well composed, profetionally presented.... superb
photo to print and hang on a wall...
my best wishes to you Bruno,

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  • A-lex Gold Star Critiquer [C: 124 W: 54 N: 132] (1248)
  • [2009-01-21 6:18]
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Bon appetit Bruno,

what a timing... what a timing...


Hi Bruno, superb capture. Beautiful timing in this shot. Black BG, light and shadow works very well. Nice close up image. TFS - Regards - Adil.

I think you can be forgiven the overexposure on the top of the head just for the wonderful detail in the eye and in the fish in his beak. Really well presented against the black background.
Thanks for sharing

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-02-09 13:40]
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hi Bruno,
beautiful moment and portrait of Heron.Lightness is incredible..Excellent work.Bravo.Necla.

Hi Bruno,
Great timing :o) I liked the pose you captured a lot. TFS.Best wishes,

Olá Bruno,

Espetáculo de imagem. Essa está demais! Você sempre rápido e preciso, sempre com perfeição nas imagens capturadas. Cores, nitidez, luz... Que é isso ?!? A natureza está sempre se exibindo para você, rapaz?
Boa sorte! Adorei.

Superb study,
and dramatic contrasts !
Well done Bruno..

Best regards, Daniel

Não é uma troca de galhardetes,mas se a minha foi para a tuas favoritas,esta tb vai para as minhas.Um abraço amigo.

oi Bruno,
Um belo flagrante, muito bem captado, e a luz ficou perfeita!


Hi Bruno

Great capture. Totally clear, great colours/contrast


Ola Bruno
Fantastic moment you've captured in this shot
Professional PP works and amazing soft lighting, BRAVO my friend
Best wishes, Alireza

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-06-07 5:17]
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Hi Bruno,
wow... such an excellent capture and presentation. A very artistic and very original work.
Congratuations and excellent piece of shot.
you have presented a perfect beauty here.


Masterclass photo......love it!


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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 730 W: 0 N: 110] (2983)
  • [2009-06-10 5:48]
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Bonjour mon ami Bruno
An evident act of cruelty you photographed here!!....but it's nature!
Spot lighting from above draws much shades on neck and beak that help concentration on meal itself.
A feast for the bird and a feast for my eyes!
Au revoir, Bruno.

Hi Bruno,
Great decisive moment you captured here, with lovely black contrasting backround and excellent lighting. Really a super photo!


Hi Bruno,

Congratulations! This is a superb heron photo. Awesome moment captured here. The fish is certainly seen its last day. :-) A little feast for the heron no doubt.

Awesome clarity and colours in your photo. The dark BG accentuates the beauty and details of the bird. Very well photographed. Congratulations! Tfs.


stunning work! excellent crop and subtle lighting-outstanding and well timed capture!

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  • b021 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 48] (1184)
  • [2009-09-06 15:06]
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Hi Bruno,
excellent shot !


Olá Bruno

Lindíssima macro, interessante "momento
decisivo"...bem decisivo...;)
Linda em todos os sentidos, você está
de parabéns.

PS: alguma coisa deu errado, tenho certeza
que havia comentado esta foto, Bruno;)

Ola Bruno! Excellent heron, amazing portrait, perfect capture, ideal exposure, great effect. Well done! Saude!

Phantastic.. cought in action..
very good portrait of this bird (don't know the name in your language)
we call this bird "Reiger"

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2009-12-10 14:13]
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Hello Bruno.
Beautiful heron on your picture. Well captured and presented on the black background.
Nice one.
Janek Kloss

wonderful portrait in good composition tight crop
well play for light and shadow
very good sharpness and clarity
dark background give this portrait very outstanding :)

Olá Bruno,

Great capture in a perfect timing.
Excellent sharpness and colors.
Fantastic lighting.

Best regards,

Hola Bruno
Precioso retrato con una increible nitidez y una fantastica iluminacion de este ave comiendo un pez , gracias por compartir esta maravillosa composicion

Buen trabajo
Buen fin de semana

Ciao Bruno,

veramente una bella immagine; poco importa se è stata ripresa in uno zoo: l'inquadratura, la luce e la presentazione sono ottimali.
Veramente un buon lavoro!


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