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On Saturday I visited the Marievale bird sanctuary near a town called Springs. I went with Callie de Wet (cdewet) and it was a great experience. Once again I learnt a lot from him.

We saw this Heron just as we approached one of the hides. Therefore we knew that there was something behind the window openings when we entered the hide, and were ready with our cameras when we opened them. The Heron started walking away as soon as we started shooting, and this is the first shot I got of it and the only one I felt I could use.

Callie posted the same bird on Saturday. This is my humble version, showing the bird in a different pose.

Common (Squacco) Heron (Ardeola ralloides) 40-46cm: The smallest white heron in Southern Africa. Its habitat is vegetated margins of freshwater lakes, pans and slow-moving rivers. It skulks in long grass, sitting motionless for long periods. It call is a low-pitched, rattling
'kek-kek-kek'.

This shot was taken at 500mm, at ISO 200 with exposure compensation of -0.7EV. I was using aperture priority at the time, with fill-in flash and AF-C (continuous) focus mode.

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Additional Photos by Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 675 W: 66 N: 432] (3500)
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