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Bubulcus ibis

Bubulcus ibis
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 70-300mm / F 4-5,6 G AF
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-03 0:42
Viewed: 2953
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Im not a zoologist or an expert in birds. I have a strong feeling that this is the type of crane / ibis I saw. Do tell me the ID, should it not right.
I hope this note is useful.

Common Name: Cattle egret, Garcilla bueyera
Distinguishing Features:
Cattle egrets are relatively small, stocky herons, with thick necks, completely white in color except when breeding, at which time they are adorned by orange buff plumes on their crown, back and foreneck (Wetmore, 1965; Scott, 1987). The bill is yellow and legs are yellow to green when not breeding, the bill and legs are pink to orange-red during the breeding season (Wetmore, 1965; Scott, 1987). Juveniles have black bills (Scott, 1987). Brooks and Balent (1996) reported sighting three anomalous individuals completely "peach/orange-buff" color in southern Florida.
Similar Species:
The snowy egret, Egretta thula, which is taller and has a black bill and legs as opposed to adult cattle egrets which have a yellow bill and yellow-green or pink legs (Peterson, 1980). The legs and wings of snowy egrets are also relatively longer and the wing beat, when flying, is slower (Hilty and Brown, 1986).
Cattle egrets are common around marshes, farms, highway edges, pastures, plowed fields, and other altered habitats (Peterson, 1980). They are strongly migratory and juveniles may disperse thousands of miles in random directions (Kaufman, 1996).

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Foozi, nice composition.
Someone in here told me to keep my shutter speed at least equal or higher than my focal length - it has helped me a lot. Here you focal length is 300 yet your shutter speed is 100. If you add to this the F14 on a flight shot and an ISO 100 - it was bound to blur. I am not expert - but I do take wildlife shots with a D80 - what I try and do is set the camera on aperture priority and have it's aperture set on the widest it can be - in the case of your lens 5.6 then I'd set the ISO up to 200 or higher in low light. This does reduce your focal length, but also give you the best chance of capturing these types of shots.
Take care not to over expose - the D80 tends to do that - I am forever adjusting my exposure compensation (ave -1.3)
thanks for sharing :)

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