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Little Egret

Little Egret
Photo Information
Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-16 6:08
Viewed: 2191
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On Christmas day during my visit to a nearby natural lake, I was hoping to find some migratory birds to shoot. However, to my disappointment, I saw only a few resident water birds there such as Cormorants.
Then I noticed this white bird sunning itself on a mango tree and took a few pictures of it. It looked like a Cattle Egret to me, but I was not sure. Cattle Egrets have pinkish beaks, but this bird had a black one.
Eventually, my friend Ivan (Argus) came to my rescue and identified it as Little Egret. My further investigation proves this ID to be true. It is likely that this bird is a migrant from Europe at this time of the year.

The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) is a small white heron. It is the Old World counterpart to the very similar New World Snowy Egret.

Distribution & Conservation

Its breeding distribution is in wetlands in warm temperate to tropical parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. In warmer locations, most birds are permanent residents; northern populations, including many European birds, migrate to Africa and southern Asia. They may also wander north in late summer after the breeding season, which may have assisted its current range expansion. Globally, the Little Egret is not listed as a threatened species.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-16 7:28]

You are right to doubt your ID suggestion Ram.
The blackish bill and plumes on the breast indicate a Little Egret, though it would be good to see the whole of the legs that have yellow feet to confirm this. Nice clarity and a fine composition against the contrasting natural BG make this an attractive image.
Thanks and kind regards,

hello Ram
very nice composition with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-01-16 7:48]


very nice capture of egret-VELLAI KOKKU in tamil.im not much familier with zoological and names.but this type of egret i have seen at cattle group, paddyfild, ponds and rever sides.
commonly they all eat fish, warm and insect. this is all i have seen in real life.thanks


Very nice capture with great clarity, good composition also.
probably this is a Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) is a small white heron. It is the American counterpart to the very similar Old World Little Egret.
I was found and photographed this bird here in Santiniketan and at Hyderabad.

Ciao Ram, great macro of beautiful egret in a lovely natural ambientation, fine details, splendid sharpness, wonderful light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-16 10:40]

Hello Ram.
Very nice capture of that Cattle Egret.Very good POV with nice colours And sharp image.Best regards Siggi

Hi Ram,
interesting photo of this bird. Amazing colours. Great sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Ram,
A species common for my country in summer time. The details, sharpness and composition are great. Well done!

Hello Ram,
I always find this little Egret on the ground and this is one beautiful capture of this bird perched on a tree. Not an easy catch of the white plume but you have managed the exposure well.
Thanks and kind regards,

Beautiful Egret. Lovely colors and contrast. Like the composition and sharpness on focus.
Thanks for the note.
J. Diogo

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