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Fully Pumped Up

Fully Pumped Up
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/8
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 3, jmp *2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-10 21:17
Viewed: 6069
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo at Fort Desoto State Park, St. Petersburg Florida. Weather conditions were very warm and humid with a heavy cloud cover. Shortly after this shot It started raining very hard. These are one of my favorite of the long legged waders. These birds hunt by running around chasing small bait fish. The throw up their wings to create a shadow to attract the small fish to the shade. It is a very comical scene at times.
While running around this guy suddenly stopped and did a full body shudder causing his plumage to really puff out all over his body. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to capture him fully pumped and fluffed up. Within a few seconds he was back to his normal skinny looking self. During the spring breeding season, the males grow vey beautiful breeding plumage and put on some amazing displays.

Reddish Egret - Egretta rufescens

A medium to large heron found in shallow salt water. The Reddish Egret comes in a dark and a white form. It is a very active forager, often seen running, jumping, and spinning in its pursuit of fish.

Size: 70-80 cm (28-31 in)
Weight: 700-850 g (24.71-30.01 ounces)
Sexes look alike.

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Hi Scott
This is a great shot of the beautiful Egret. Great timing on this wonderful pose. Great sharpness with LOTS of detail. Excellent job!!!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-10-10 21:39]

Hi Scott,
We should start a theme of Punk Rocker birds :-) I've never seen an Egret look like this before. Superb detail you've captured and excellent colours, very warm and rich. I think given the lack of reflection a tighter crop would let us see more of that excellent detail but just a suggestion, I love it the way it is. Great image.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-10 22:24]

Hi Scott,

This is just great - I love it! Besides the wonderful pose and marvelous hair-do it is a fantastic shot. The details are magnificent - every feather stands out (as well as up). The face is priceless and what a look in his eye. Excellent colors, nice reflections and the color of the water makes a perfect backround.


Hello Scott,
A really great shot. Won't repeat what has allready been written, but I like it a lot!
Greetngs, Mike

Hello Scott,
This is a lovely fellow out fishing!
Amazing details in the fluffy plumage, wonderful natural colours...
A well composed image, where the bird stands out in a 3D appearance!
Pablo -

great pic, great haircut, TFS Ori

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-10-10 23:54]

Hi Scott
looks like coming from Mars
great compo with perfect BG and very nice pose

Hello Scott,
I really loved this photo of yours!!
Very good size of this posting with absolute sharpness, perfect exposure and focus with so much details
my special compliment towards your oustanding work on this one

Hello Scott,

Very nice picture. This egret seems very angry (black eye, eyebrow and spiky hair).



Hi Scott,
Wonderful image. Thanks to your perfect timing that we can enjoy this pumped up plumage. Sharp and crisp clear. Very well done.

Hi Scott,
In case anyone is confused by the morphology of this bird, it is a juvenile normal morph.

Hello Scott,

Congratulation for this funny pic, you've a good eye!
And the global color of this picture sticks perfectly on the atmosphere .


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-11 1:03]

Hi Scott,
Beautiful capture with great timing. The plumage of the bird looks charming. I liked the color tones and the lighting a lot.TFS
Best wishes,

jeez, there are some funny creatures running around st. pete. *lol* this is awesome, very funny, such a cool featherball! :-)
terrific and perfect capture, the fluffy plumage and the look on his eye are wonderful.
well seen & captured, thor.

Hi Scott,
a lovely, slightly bizarre, charming beauty, taken with great precision in delightfully smooth colours. What a character, what a powerful artistic image. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-10-11 3:32]

Scott - awesome!! Image, composition, colours, sharpness, pose, ALL PERFECT!!

And I love the evil look in his eye - you must be thrilled with this shot - BRAVO!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-10-11 3:43]

Superbe photo,bravo pour les détails et la beautée de cet oiseau.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-11 4:00]

Hi Scott

Another masterpiece from you, my friend! You managed to capture here a splendid pose of a very very beautiful bird!
The colors here are simply outstanding - especially on its head and neck and the contrast between the vivid colors creates this awesome effect. I love it!!!
The details on the entire bird are terrific and the composition you managed to create is excellent, with the careful positioning of your subject in the frame.
Lovely work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-11 5:17]

Hello Scott,
Yes you have been lucky to see this little monster. Excellent the capture, hilarious the attitude. Pleasant composition, great sharpness, a super picture.
Thanks and best regards

Great shot Scott
Superb sharpness and plumage details
Perfect moment of capture


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-11 7:22]

Hi Scott,
Just marking this shot for a proper critique later. Facing acute internet problems hence doing a quick job. Sorry.

Hi Scott,
a beautiful shot of this beautiful fluffy Reddish Egret.
Great sharpness, the details in the plumage are well seen.
I realy like the DOF, the whole bird in focus and the BG nicely OOF. Lovely colours and fine lighting.
Great work, my friend.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-11 10:00]

Hi Scott.
Fantastic model had posed for you. You have frozen it at so cute moment. Excellent reproduction of the so long feathers, nice neutral delicate BG and perfect framing. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-11 10:10]

Stunning image, Scott!
The timing is perfect, of course and the colours and details you have captured for us are truly outstanding!
Grand posting

Hello Scott,

I haven't been very active lately but this is the best picture I've seen in a while! Very well composed with good looking natural colors and excellent details. The subject is also great and makes a somewhat funny picture. Your picture has great impact due to it's simplicity and excellent framing. It's a real pleasure to look at! Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-11 11:35]

Hello Scott,
Wonderful sharp photo with an amazing details, contrast and DOF. Great pose, BG and colours.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-10-11 13:51]

Hi Scott,
What a funny bird! Wonderful pose, pov, colours and details.
TFS, José M.

Hi Scott,
A very interesting and "aired" look bird. Well cjhosen Bg with all water with a nice colours that combines well with the egrett. Very good job

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-11 14:25]

magnificent sharpness, fantastic picture
Regards, Dejan

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2007-10-11 17:41]

Magnífica toma con enfoque excelente y un plumaje precioso. Fondo muy acertado. Buena pose del ave.

Saludos Scott.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-10-11 21:41]

Hello Scott,
Long time no see. : )
Wow... This is fantastic.
I have never seen a "reddish" egret.
Did not even know it existed.
I love the fluffed-up feathers, the pastel colors,
and the mood of the image.
Excellent details as well.
TFS. : )

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-12 4:18]

Hello Scott,
Right place at the right time helps put you have to have the talent to capture that moment and you have done splendidly her. Sharp focus, low point of view and great exposure. Thanks for sharing.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-12 10:32]

Hi Scott

Stunning shot! The pose is perfect with the fluffed up feathers. Colour tones are beautiful, crisp, clear and with an elegant composition



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-13 9:48]

Hello Scott,
Wow, this is terrific! Excellent and very well-timed shot of this fluffy Egret that looks more lilke a Porcupine! Great sharpness and fine colours. I like its pose against the plain background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-13 11:30]

Wow, this is a most superb photo Scott!! Beautifull, elegant and very well composed. The light and colours are awesome. The litle Egret is perfectly caught with such sharpness and detail, wonderul reflection. A prize winner.

A beautiful image with great colour and detail backed up by a excellent composition...
Well photograph...

Hi Scott,
Never seen such a thing as you explain! I love the photo with his feathers all puffed up! You caught him at a great time.. He looks so tough too..:o)

Hi, Scott.
Funny bird. Well composed with lovely colors. Excellent sharpness and exposure and this hair fashion!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-10-15 5:00]

hi Scott
waow what a great shot here ! it's very expressive it seems not really vey happy (with this black eyes). Good natural colors.


bonjour scott
le piqué est vraiment extraordinaire sur cette photo,les plumes sont vraiment comme detachées.

Hi Scott,
Since Weds, I've been on the phone with Dell and my ISP.
Lost my internet connection. I can connect with the laptop that has W XP on it, that's it.
I'm going to install Vista Home Premium and use a router off the modem for the next try..
Hope it works..
Your frazzled friend,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-16 2:17]

Hola Scott,
sensacional captura,
original y sorprendente modelo...
magnífico trabajo, excelente foco.

Hi Scott,
Great capture of the heron!
Nicely composed with the reflections and space around the bird. The feather details of this wonderful moment are grand.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-16 15:26]

Wow Scott ! What a fantastic shot of this very nice bird ! Nothing else to say than: PERFECT ! Well done and thanks !


Dude! This guy is like totally amped out. Wonderful capture, Scott. He is a perfect subject and well captured in his natural environment. It looks like you had fun with that lens. This is such a great capture it looks like you may need to buy one!

Hi Scott,
What a wonderful moment. The plumage of this bird really looks special. It gives it a kind of angry look. Especially combined with the bright eye. The details in the plumage is very beautiful and its one legged pose awesome. I like the soft lighting in this photo a lot.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-21 7:22]

Hello Scott,
A fantastic capture of a ruffled up Reddish Egret, caught at just the right moment in an image that is technically top class in every respect.
Well done and TFS!

He is pumped up indeed Scott! What a beautiful capture! This one made me smile. This is well realized at all level, a little work of art! Congrats!

What an amusing image Scott. I love it. It is interesting how the colors throughout the image tone with each other. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-23 13:01]

What a curious bird!! It looks almost scary with that look!
Magnificent capture with great sharpness, good DOF and really beautiful composition.
My compliments and TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-24 11:42]

Hello Scott

Amazing plumage detail.The textures and details are superb.The focus is razor sharp with excellent details.The puffed up fluffy look is well captured and the eye detail is excellent.Nicely done.TFS


He looks very funny - if such a bird didn't exist, Jim Henson would have to invent him!

Hi Scott
Awesome capture. Looks like a kitten with a beak LOL. It's so great to capture a bird doing something differnt besides eating or standing around. The plumage on this Reddish Egret is just gorgeous.
TFS this special moment.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-11-02 4:26]

Bonjour Scott,
Woooow ! Great ! I love this bird on your amazing photo...
The "+++++" : simple and smart composition, nice subject with a great look, pose, POV, sharpness, DOF, colors, exposure, useful complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Bravo my friend and thanks for sharing,

Ha..ha... what a shot..... what an attitude.... Love this Scott. You really have done an awesome job here. Congrats!

Wow, what a look on this bird's face! Strutting his stuff.... Beautiful!

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-12-26 3:06]

HI scott,
Fabulous image , amazing sharpness. The background colours are very serene giving a very calming effect to the image.

Merry Christmas & New Year Gretings


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