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Great Egret

Great Egret
Photo Information
Copyright: Lost Account (ashokmp) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 9 N: 38] (221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70 DSLR, Tokina 100-300mm F4 ATX, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ashokmp-TrekNature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-13 9:07
Viewed: 3783
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Captured this snap at Buena vista lagoon at Carlsbad.

Great Egret [Courtesy : http://www.birds.cornell.edu]
A large white heron, the Great Egret is found across much of the world, from southern Canada southward to Argentina, and in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. It's the largest egret in the Old World, and thus has garnered the name Great White Egret. But in the Americas, the white form of the Great Blue Heron is larger and warrants that name. In the United States, the Great Egret used to be called the American Egret but that was hardly appropriate, since the species range extends beyond America and indeed farther than other herons.

Cool Facts

The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Audubon was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.

Not all young that hatch survive the nestling period. Aggression among nestlings is common and large chicks frequently kill their smaller siblings.

The longevity record for a wild Great Egret is nearly 23 years.

topSize: 94-104 cm (37-41 in)
Wingspan: 131-145 cm (52-57 in)
Weight: 1000 g (35.3 ounces)

Large, all white heron.
Long, black legs and feet.
Yellow bill is long, stout, and straight.
Flies with neck pulled back in S-curve.

Bill yellow with dark top edge.
Long plumes on back during breeding.
No crest or plumes on head.
In high breeding, the bill becomes orange-yellow and the lores become lime-green.

Sex Differences
Sexes appear alike.

Looks like nonbreeding adult.

Similar Species

Snowy Egret is smaller, has black bill, and yellow feet.
Great White Heron, the white form of the Great Blue Heron, has a heavier bill, and pale, not black, legs.
The white form of the Reddish Egret has a dark or bi-colored bill.
The white juvenile of the Little Blue Heron has greenish legs, and a dark bill with a bluish base.
Cattle Egret can have a yellow bill and black legs, but it is much shorter and stockier, and often has a reddish wash over the head, back, and chest.

A deep croak when disturbed. Other low calls around nest.

ddg, vanderschelden, lensaleksander, Juyona, Evelynn, earthtraveler, izler has marked this note useful
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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-01-13 9:17]

Bonjour Ashok, great shot with a perfect timing and beautiful B and W contrast too. Very well done, TFS, Didier.

Hello Ashok,
Good in flight Egret. Great moment.
Excellent compo.

hi ashok
very good focus in flight!!!
well done
good contrast and colors
best regards


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-13 14:03]

Hola amigo,
bello trabajo,
detalles y excelente foco.
perfecta acción,


Hello Ashok,
excellent capture.nice composition and pov, very good sharpness and good depth of field. nice colors and light. well done

You managed a great panning capture of this flying egret. Wonderful sharpness and exposure.

Evelynn ; )

Hi Ashok,
Very nice in flight of this Egret.
Good detail and lighting.
TFS, Richard

ottima cattura in volo, eccellenti dettagli e colori equilibrati. Thank you for your "WS".
Ciao Maurizio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-14 8:17]

Hello Ashok,
Fantastic photo of this in flight Egret. Very good timing. Great sharp details and wonderful colours. Excellent composition and DOF.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2008-01-14 15:31]

very good focus in flight!!!
well done

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-15 8:40]

selam ashok
good capturing of this beautiful and flying great egret
i know its difficult capturing whatever white and flying birds
i like composition, point of view, details and note
thanks for sharing

Dear ashok, Nice flight shot. well composed and captured against a clean sky background. Like the wings shape and soft white colour. TFS. with best regards.vab.

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