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Little Egret

Little Egret
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-26 5:45
Viewed: 2977
Points: 31
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Little Egret-Egretta garzetta

After a week on Majorca we’ve returned home with a few new photos from the beautiful Albufera National Park. This Little Egret landed in one of the canals very briefly and let me get a couple of shots as it was showing off its breeding plumage. The shrubs along the canal are very dense with few gaps but I managed to get this from a distance of about 12-15 metres with the camera handheld.

The adult Little Egret is 55–65 cm long with an 88–106 cm wingspan, and weighs 350–550 grams. Its plumage is all white. The subspecies garzetta has long black legs with yellow feet and a slim black bill. In the breeding season, the adult has two long nape plumes and gauzy plumes on the back and breast, and the bare skin between the bill and eyes becomes red or blue. Juveniles are similar to non-breeding adults but have greenish-black legs and duller yellow feet. has yellow feet and a bare patch of grey-green skin between the bill and eyes.

Little Egrets are mostly silent but make various croaking and bubbling calls at their breeding colonies and produce a harsh alarm call when disturbed.
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. Extract from Wikipedia

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Very beautiful capture of this bird, good sharpness. Well done.
Today is the 226th birth anniversary of John James Audubon (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, hunter, and painter.
Let us celebrate his birthday with nature photography.

Wonderful bird portrait!

Ciao Ulla. Good contarst agaionst the BG and excellente lgiht's managent. Maybe bit noised.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-26 8:08]

Fine pose by the egret and good exposure, simple composition. tfs.

Nicely captured, good detail. regards yiannis

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-04-26 9:44]

Hello Ulla
Nice shot of the Little Egret that is much alike the one we have here called Snowy Egret (Egretta thula). You managed the withes perfectly. Because the light arrives from behind the bird, it makes the photo too dark and noisy in my opinion but it isstill a good shot.

Nicely done

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-04-26 10:06]

Hej Ulla,
Little Egret is a beautiful composition!
Fine Exposure, very good capture. Excellent sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hi Ulla,
very nice photo of this bird. Very good point of view. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-04-26 10:51]

Hi Ulla,
Excellent photo of this Egretta garzetta in breeding plumage, TFS!

Hello Ulla,
Splendid species. Lovely natural colors.
Excellent composition with very nice details and perfect focus.
The contrast against the blurred background is superb.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Ulla, lovely little Egrett in a beautiful ambientation, splendid light, wonderful natural colors, superb sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Ulla,
Très bonne maitrise de la lumière permettant d'apprécier, sous une bonne profondeur de champ, la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Ulla
wonderful image of this Little Egret that you have captured in a nice pose,
superb sharp details and light managment on the white plumage
have a good night

Hallo Ulla,
a beautiful capture of the Little Egret with breeding plumage, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, very well composed.
Best regards

Hello Ulla,

Excellent capture of this beautiful bird.
Nice colours with fantastic details.
Good composition.

Hello Ulla

Excellent photo of the Little Egret with fine POV
and framing, looking at his tail's plumage and the
waves we can feel it was a windy day, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS


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