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"The Dance"

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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herons, Herons, BIRDS OF AMERICA, Herons, Birds / Aves, Heron [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-10 1:03
Viewed: 3454
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
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Reddish Egret
Egretta rufescens

Reddish Egret

A Reddish Egret chases small fish in a lagoon just off the beach on Galveston Island. Most Egrets/Herons wait patiently for fish and crabs to swim by but the Reddish Egret stalks it's prey and attacks it in a very aggressive display.

Exposure Setting: Manual
Lighting Conditions: Sunny/Late Evening
f/stop: 4.8
Shutter Speed: 1/800
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 420mm[35mm]-equivilent
Auto Focus: Normal/Center-Zone/Continuous
Compression: Standard
White Balance: Daylight
Color: Natural
Sharpness: Normal
Tripod: No
Flash: Off
Megapixels: 6.0
Dimensions: 800 x 526
File Size: 156 KB
Date: September 9, 2007
Time: 6:30 PM

Cropped and resized for posting

PaulH, angybone, uleko, eqshannon, Silke, Argus, MMM, martic, jrobertop, marhowie, haraprasan, go2stones, thor68 has marked this note useful
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Animal Behaviouringridshaul 1 12-13 08:10
To Argus: Thanks Ivanjmirah 1 09-10 07:54
To uleko: Hi Ullajmirah 1 09-10 05:45
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-10 1:31]

Hi Jim,
great timing and an impressive psoe you've caught here. I like the light glowing on the inside of his wings and the blue of the water is great too. Well seen.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-10 2:43]

Jim very nice shot and specially the expression. The water drops on the feet and the waves are excellent. Ganesh

Oh, this is a very nice action shot! Those birds could be so funny to watch. Unfortunately, I don't see them very often here. This is a beautiful capture with nice details, composition, POV and exposure. I like its pose a lot. Well done and TFS,

What a wonderful pose you captured!! Great perspective. Good lighting and angle.
Wonderful details. A great shot!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-10 5:07]

Hi Jim,
a great shot.
Nice colours.
Great detail and sharpness.
Good POV.
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-10 5:35]
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Hello Jim,
This behaviour reminds me of the Black Heron in Africa that practises "canopy feeding", i.e. it uses the wings as a shade when catching fish. But perhaps the above behaviour implies something different. You're showing sharp details of this beautiful Heron in a fine pose. Excellent sharpness and I like the light hitting the inside of the wings and the colours are beautiful. Well composed too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

You have set yourself a new benchmark, or at very least keep on recording those pictures at the high marks you have made for yourself. A wonderful picture of motion caught in still. You are blossoming into a very good photographer. Now you can quit your day job and become paparazzi!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-10 7:20]

Wonderful timing to capture this elegant creature in the midst of its dance. The pose is perfect!
Superb colours, details and composition

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-10 7:47]
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Great one, Jim!
I like the action of this Reddish Egret as it chases the fish in the shallow water, using its wings to shade its vision and get a better view.
Fine sharpness, lighting and composition.
Well done and TFS!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-10 10:17]

Hello Jim
Nice capture of that Egret.Excelelnt POV .The detaisl are sharp and the colors are very nice.
TFS Michel

Hi Jim, splendid egretta in great dancing pose, lovely composition with wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Cool image of the "dancing" Egret.
Good focus detail, color, and POV.

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  • martic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 1 N: 159] (1327)
  • [2007-09-10 11:40]

Hi Jim,
Very nice shot of this egret, I like the pose, image well framed with great details and colors
Thank you

Hi Jim,
Splendid "painting"! Wonderful bird!
Excellent POV and very good colors.
Soft composition!
Click at the accurate moment!
José Roberto

Superbe prise on croirait qu'il marche sur l'eau, les détails sont excellents.

Hi Jim,
A nice capture of this egret dancing. Nice details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

bonjour jim
ah les jeunes avec leurs nouvelles danses!!!
jolie attitude de l'aigrette et bonne photo.

Hi Jim,

A nice image of the Reddish Egret, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Great action image! It looks like he's using his wings to startle the prey before the sharp beak plunges in after them. Good clarity and colors. Well done.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-12 9:12]

Hi Jim,
The pose you captured is very good. Great timing on this one. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-09-29 17:16]

yeah, let´s all do "the heron"! *g* could be a new dance-move.
terrific and funny capture, jim. lifting the leg and holding the opened wings like that - amazing -
i guess he is really trying to throw a shade on the water.
well seen & captured, thor.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-01 2:05]

Hello Jim,
Great action photo of this Egret. Very good timing, sharpness and POV. Good composition. Beautiful colours.

Your photo shows well the unique habit (of egrets) of forming a canopy with its wings when fishing - apparently to attract fish to the "shelter" thus provided.

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