Tony Au Yeong  

Caught by a Pond Heron by Tony Au Yeong

January 2022 - Caught by a Pond Heron

About the Image(s)

The Pond Heron is a native bird in Hong Kong living in the wetland and rivers. Fishes like mudskipper are their usual meals. I took this photo during a recent visit to the wetland at the north-west region of Hong Kong along the coastline. The tide was low and the mudskipper would come out from their home and become vulnerable. Many species of migratory birds come to Hong Kong to stay during the winter. Then bird lovers have good chances to take images of them.

6 comments posted

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Good capture of the bird in the act of feeding. The colors are muted, and the viewer can concentrate on the bird, whose eye is tack sharp. Composition is good and you left enough space on the right. There are two elements that somehow annoy me: one is a dot on the right (close to the frame and 1/5 from the top) that can be natural or simply dust; the other is a kind of sand pyramid on the extreme left below the bird's wing. You may want to clone them out.   Posted: 01/10/2022 19:04:12

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I agree with Jose. The dark spot towards the top is a distraction that can be easily eliminated, and it would not compromise it as true nature image.   Posted: 01/10/2022 21:34:01

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
Nice image of a feeding Pond Heron. I shot some photos of a Javan Pond Heron here as well, they are quite shy so good shot! Did you crop or just used a very long lens? Agree with the comments of Jose and Bob above. Well done!   Posted: 01/12/2022 01:37:33

Christine Perry   Christine Perry
I agree with the aforementioned comments. Such a wonderful nature shot with clarity and nice depth of field. My eyes gravitated to the reflection of the eye in the pond immediately. I found this a little odd as to why the rest of the heron was not in the reflection, only the portion of its head… The entire body would have added some uniqueness. Since the rest of the body is missing, perhaps, I would clone the eye out since it's a distraction due to missing information. Very nice capture!   Posted: 01/12/2022 06:00:39

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
This is a great nature shot. It has action to introduce interest, the background is unobtrusive, and the little bit of reflection in the water showing us just the eye is wonderful.
Well done.   Posted: 01/12/2022 10:52:57

Andy Patterson
Nice shot. The "dots" don't really bother me but the points made are good. The tiny white highlight/dot in the extreme lower left caught my eye more than the dark spot.

What bothers me is it look tilted. I don't know that it is--probably just the angle it was taken--but has a sense of the horizon being tilted (yes, I know there is no horizon showing!). Might look at playing with slight rotation and/or perspective control.   Posted: 01/13/2022 23:40:17


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