Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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The Squacco Heron is a small heron, 44–47 centimetres (17–19 in) long. Breeding in southern Europe and the Greater Middle East (3-4 eggs are laid). It is a migrant, wintering in Africa. Their breeding habitat is marshy wetlands in warm countries. They nest in small colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. These herons feed on fish, frogs and insects.
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides), Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/350 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamalmost 4 years ago

    Wow what a awesome capture of this heron in breeding plumage, well done

  • Thank you very much Robert!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Konstantinos! Wonderful bird.

  • Thanks a lot Istvan!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Very nice detail, and reflections Konstantinos

  • Thanks a lot Larry!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • photoloi
    photoloialmost 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Photoloi, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot with excellent colour and reflections.

  • Thanks a lot Gary, the morning light (7:30 am) is something else!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot and reflection of this beautiful bird Konstantinos, great work.

  • Thank you very much Mark!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you for accepting Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture and reflection my friend.CONGRATULATIONS on the FEATURE…Tom

  • Thanks a lot my friend!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoalmost 4 years ago

    I have never seen this bird in my whole life! It’s a wonderful capture!

  • Yeah, it’s a very beautiful bird! Thanks a lot Jonybigude! Maybe you also like this one: Early morning light

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • helmutk
    helmutkalmost 4 years ago

    great shot !

  • Thanks a lot Helmut!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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