Nankeen Night Heron Look Up by Tom Newman

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Nankeen Night Heron , Australia.
3rd Prize- Photography Bayswater Rotary Art Show 2014

The Nankeen Night Heron, Nycticorax caledonicus, also commonly referred to as the Rufous Night Heron, and in Melanesia as Melabaob, is a medium-sized heron. It is found throughout much of Australia except the arid inland, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Melanesia.

The Nankeen Night Heron stands about 60cm tall. It is not strictly nocturnal. It often feeds during the day, especially during wet weather. The bird is dependent on a diet of small fish, reptiles, insects and sometimes eggs. It can be seen around freshwater rivers, lakes, bulrushes, estuaries, harbours and in residential fishponds for goldfish.

The species breeds in the period from September to April, building a nest platform out of sticks. It nests communally, near water. Two to five light green eggs are laid, with a 22-day incubation followed by a 42-49 day fledging period.
Widespread throughout its large range, the Nankeen Night Heron is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Wikipedia

Nikon D300 lens: Nikkor 80-400mm

400mm, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO: 800


australia, caledonicus, heron, bird, birds, nankeen, tom newman, night, nycticorax, rufous, melabaob, 2000, 1000

I began my photographic hobby at the age of 12, developing and printing 120, 620 &35mm B&W, forever learning and refining the fascinating art of photography. Now at 78 I still continue with increased enjoyment using digital medium – and still learning.
My favourite places for photography are the Melbourne Zoos . These are the Melbourne Zoo , the Healesville Sanctuary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
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  • margotk
    margotkover 5 years ago

    Fantastic clarity, exposure and composition – brilliant!!

  • Thanks Margot for your generous comments, appreciated ;-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Josie Eldred
    Josie Eldredover 5 years ago

    Really excellent shot Tom, superb detail and clarity! Fabulous close-up.

  • Thanks Josie , appreciate your comments :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryserover 5 years ago

    The light! The detail! Very nice

  • Thanks Jay :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 5 years ago

    Wonderful macro!

  • Thanks Rainy :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Bonnie Pelton
    Bonnie Peltonover 5 years ago


  • Thanks Bonnie for your generous comment :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    St Focus smiled upon you with this shot, Tom, it’s perfectly perfect.

  • Thanks Jesika, St Focus prevailed over my constant companion Beelzebub blurry !

    – Tom Newman

  • the6tees
    the6teesover 5 years ago

    STUNNING… Outstanding Capture Tom,
    Great Info as well!!

  • Karen Scrimes
    Karen Scrimesover 5 years ago

    Such a lovely portrait of the Heron, Tom. Superb!

  • Thanks Karen appreciated :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • midzing
    midzingover 5 years ago

    beautiful shot Tom,,, well done

  • Thanks Wendy :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoover 5 years ago

    I don’t think I could ever get sick at looking at you images, yet another excellent shot.

  • Thanks mark appreciate your comment :-)

    – Tom Newman

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