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Night Heron, E.T. Seton Park Toronto, Ontario

By Xmplary
This Night Heron was first spotted by my wife at about 9am on 27-Jul-2013, after spotting a juvenile Night Heron roughly 1km in the north end of the park. We returned to the spot about an hour later only to find it in the same spot, perched on a tree by the Don River. Although it was a cloudy morning, over 20 shots were taken. This was the most unique pose, highlighting the blue top coat, the 2 head feathers, its long beak and orange eye.
F5.0; 1/160 sec; ISO 500

Tags: Birds Wildlife and nature

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Great capture.......good pose.


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Ayoob 7 Australia
20 Aug 2013 6:13AM
Great capture of lovely bird....Grin
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
20 Aug 2013 11:40AM
Patience makes perfect Grin
SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
20 Aug 2013 2:11PM
Really well caught. You could afford to crop tighter round him? - Make it a portrait rather than landscape shot. This would concentrate our eye further on him, I think.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
20 Aug 2013 2:21PM
Welcome Sunny.

Im from Toronto, and Ive never known Night Herons were to be seen in the Don Valley. Ive taken some shots of these before, but in the Southern US.

Its a very nice well focused and sharp shot. Shutter speed was a little slow for the focal length, but youve got away with it with a pin sharp eye.

The composition may look better having the bird off centre, which Ive done in a mod. Its give the bird more space to look into on the left. Scroll up this page, and click the modifications tab, and view large.

The contrast is a little light, and its improved with a little more contrast. Ive also removed the branch curving over the bird.

Congratulations on getting this shot, - you should consider sending to one of the newspapers, - its an unusual sight.

Hope this is helpful,


20 Aug 2013 6:14PM
Great detailed capture
Regards Brian
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
20 Aug 2013 8:08PM
Nice image!! I like it a lot!!
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 2:58AM
Well spotted and captured.
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 8:47AM
Very well done. The slight flatness, and it is slight, is likely to be due to the ISO500, which was necessary to get the image. Tweak the contrast.

Better up the ISO and get it sharp than smooth and blurred any time.


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