The White-faced Heron is mostly light blue-grey in colour, with a characteristic white face. In flight, the dark flight feathers of the wing contrast with the paler grey plumage, making this bird easily identifiable when viewed from below. It has a long, slim neck and a pointed grey-black bill. The legs are long and dull yellow in colour. Sexes are similar. When breeding, the birds have long feathers (nuptial plumes) on the head, neck and back.
Canon 450D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyabout 4 years ago

    A beauty in flight. Natural lighting a plus.

  • Thanks Franklin, I love the Herons!

    – byronbackyard

  • Macky
    Mackyabout 4 years ago

    A dramatic masterpiece!!

  • Thank you so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    Marvellous capture!

  • Thanks Trish

    – byronbackyard

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonabout 4 years ago

    Sweet shot!

  • Thank you!

    – byronbackyard

  • PhotoDream Art
    PhotoDream Artabout 4 years ago

    Such graceful birds..beautifully captured !

  • Many thanks, they are so slow and graceful!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Grandalf
    Grandalfabout 4 years ago


  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    Powerful and moody!

  • Thanks so much for your kind comment, I love moody!

    – byronbackyard

  • Steve  Liptrot
    Steve Liptrotabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    June 4, 2010

  • Yay, thanks so much, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

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