Juvenile Striated Heron

Image created on September 11, 2013 at the Chinese Garden in Singapore, with Canon EOS-5D Mark III and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS with Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. ISO 160, f/8, 1/16s, Evaluative metering +2/3 EV.

The Chinese Garden is a magical place for photographers of all styles. The entrance is usually free unless an exhibit is hosted, and is delicately landscaped in the middle of the Jurong lake with pagodas and other buildings of Chinese influence and open spaces with trees. An ideal location for portrait, a particularly sought decor for pre-wedding photography, but also for nature lovers.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron 1 (Master)

Image created with Canon EOS-5D Mark III and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS with Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. ISO 200, f/8, 1/125s, Evaluative metering +2/3 EV.

Many birds can be seen there and sometimes amazingly tamed, allowing photographers to spend time shooting the same bird at very close distance, of course as long as the photographer remains unthreatening.

I recently shared images of a couple of Brown-throated Sunbirds taken at the same Chinese Garden. I also got the chance to follow this juvenile heron fishing on the Jurong Lake, despite being a juvenile the bird was showing the same elegance the adults have and was a joy to follow. You may imagine the scene with a photographer carrying his big rig on the shoulder and walking on tiptoe behind the bird, more concentrated on finding a fish in the lake though checking over its shoulder from time to time. After awhile the bird just decided that it went far enough and suddenly turned back on its track. At times the bird was too close to the camera and it could not focus anymore, on the way the bird finally caught a small fish but seemed quite content with it.
Image created with Canon EOS-5D Mark III and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS with Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. ISO 200, f/8, 1/160s, Evaluative metering +2/3 EV.

Image created with Canon EOS-5D Mark III and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS with Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. ISO 200, f/8, 1/160s, Evaluative metering +2/3 EV.

Many other birds can be found at the Chinese Garden, that will be for a future post.
Edit: as noted by Francis Yap, the bird was initially identified as a Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron when in fact it was a Juvenile Striated Heron.
Juvenile Striated HeronChristian C. Berclaz
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5 comments on "Juvenile Striated Heron"

  1. Francis Yap

    It’s a juvenile Striated Heron. Black-crowned Night Heron will have reddish eyes and shorter but thicker bill.

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