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|SQUACCO HERON (DANUBE DELTA)|
The squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides) is a small heron, 44â€“47 cm (17â€“19 in) long, of which the body is 20â€“23 cm (7.9â€“9.1 in), with 80â€“92 cm (31â€“36 in) wingspan. It is of Old World origins, breeding in southern Europe and the Greater Middle East.
The squacco heron is a migrant, wintering in Africa. It is rare north of its breeding range. This is a stocky species with a short neck, short thick bill and buff-brown back. In summer, adults have long neck feathers. Its appearance is transformed in flight, when it looks very white due to the colour of the wings.
The squacco heron's breeding habitat is marshy wetlands in warm countries. The birds nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. Three to four eggs are laid. They feed on fish, frogs and insects.
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- [2017-11-20 12:04]
what a wonderfull light reflected from the water, and the moment is just perfect
Congrats, high above TN standards
- [2017-11-20 17:44]
Your Squacco Heron reminds me somewhat of the Green Herons I see up at the Magee Marsh during the spring migration. I like the way you captured it in a sneaking pose with eyes intensely fixed on something just out of camera range. The focus on the bird appears sharp yet for some strange reason the plumage detail on its wing and back looks a bit soft.
- [2017-11-22 4:38]
Beautiful photo in splendid light, good sharpness and taken from a nice low POV.
- [2017-11-28 12:32]
Hi Marius,fantastic pose with the leg in air,an excellent way to show us this common heron,always nice to see,well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano