Western Reef - Egret at Sewri Mudflats
|Copyright: Kedar Hegde (hegdekedar)
|Date Taken: 2011-03-27|
|Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-03-28 8:36|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Western Reef Egret is similiar to Little Egret , but has 2 phases 1) pure white 2) bluish slaty with white patch on throat . A backwardly drooping crest of two narrow plumes is acquired in the breeding season .White phase difficult to distinguish from the small egret . It is essentially a bird of the seacoast ,seldom found far inland above tidal influence .|
In India they are found along the western coastline , their food consists mainly of crustaceans , molluscs and fish , especially the mud crawler
Breeding season is from march - july varying with locality . Nest -a twig platform like other egrets commonly built in colonies on mangrove trees in a tidal swamp , or large peepul or jambul etc,
Eggs- 3 or 4 , pale sea green or blue green , unmarked
- The Book of Indian Birds , Salim Ali
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hello Kedar, a very good photo, I like your POV and the pose of egret, with this light fine colors performance!