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Egret Landing

Egret Landing
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-08 22:05
Viewed: 3169
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photo taken at local lake under sunny conditions. I broke my Canon 75-300mm lens just after this shot. I am thinking about replacing it with the Canon 70-300mm lens with Image Stabilizer.

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

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.

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.

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

Size: 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.

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.

Source: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Great_Egret_dtl.html

Aperture = f8.0
Shutter = 1/1250s
ISO = 400
Focal length = 300mm
Exposure Bias = -2/3 (I think)

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-03-08 22:29]

great action good focus nice colors and lighting.

They have a very good landing technique; fine and graceful because of their legs and beak :. It is a sweet capture. Well exposed and composed. Thanks,

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-08 23:07]

Hello Ken

I love the spread pose, right down to it's toes.Very well seen,the detail in the wings and plumage is fantastic.What a heartbreak to lose your lens like that.I was just at the camera shop daydreaming about a new lens...There are compact cars cheaper than some of them.Anyway ,nicely posed with nice rich colours.Good luck lens hunting.TFS


Hi Ken,

Superbly captured.
Great sharpness.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Ken,

Very good moment to capture this shot, good exposure and details. Sorry to hear about your lens, I think Canon 100-400L is a better option if you will to spend a bit more.


Hello Ken, nice pose of your heron.
Good timing and sharpness.

  • Great 
  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-09 4:01]

Hi Ken,
Looks so graceful. You captured the landing perfectly with spot-on sharpness and exposure. Very well done.
Best wishes,

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-09 4:21]

Hi Ken,
Fantastic detail and composition highlight this great capture.
The details in the wings and feet are amazing, the colors are excellent, thanks for sharing.

hi ken,
nice landing shot captured well,
the pov is fine, well composed, nice colour tones, sorry to konw about your lrns but anyway you are getting a better one now,
best wishes,
tfs & regards

I am sorry to hear about your lens. Are you sure you did not break them on purpose so that you can get he IS ones ;).
I love the details on the wing. The control of the light is fantastic over the wing, although the back is a bit OE.
Congrats on this one!

The position of the bird and the composotion are perfect here. Beautiful.

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-09 10:20]

Hi Ken.
I congratulate you on such beautiful picture. Outstanding at any respect shot. Composition, pictured moment, exposure, reproduction of bird feathers and lake surface, POV, DOF, sharpness of the image all these components are perfect at high range. Bravo, my friend, Super.

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-09 11:15]

Hi Ken,

An amazing capture of this Egret. You show how graceful this bird is. The action you have caught is wonderful - as are the colors, the details and the rippling lake.


Hi Ken,

Well done with your timing here I think it shows you understanding of the bird to be able to capture it in this landing position and not just luck. You've got the right camera settings in place giving you the chance to keep all the bird sharp using a fast shutter speed as well.

Composition is spot on and exposure good given that the sun is beating down.
Nice work here,

Hello Ken , good comp , shrpnss OK, good action , TFS.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-09 14:21]

Hi Ken.
I I'm reding about your accident with lens and is me it sincerely regret.
I like him very much this your shot.Amazing pose that the did you very well capture.Sharp details all over bird.Perfect you managed white color.Very well composed this excellent capture.My admire and thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-10 0:46]

Wow, Ken... A superb shot!
I love the fluffy feathers.... and the feet hanging just above the water.
I have seen these egrets look for food this way, hovering just over the surface. Fascinating to watch.
You captured this one with very sharp details and excelllent exposure.
TFS. : )

Hi Ken, great shot of the egret micro-seconds from touch down. It's composed well. You've placed him midway between top and bottom and left him room on the left. The background is all water, so there's no confusion there. The lighting is very good throughout, with good detail and colour.

Thanks, John

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-14 10:10]

Hi Ken,
A fine capture of a landing Great White Egret. The lighting, comp., sharpness and the timing are first class!
This lens did a good job here: its swan song, but lets hope you'll be even more pleased with your new one.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-14 11:25]

Hello Ken,
Superb capture of this elegant Heron just taking off. The light is wonderful and the details very sharp. It stands out very nicely against the soft blue background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Ken,
Please excuse my late returning of the critique! It takes me a long time to analyze a picture and write detailed critiques. I am about one page back and hope to catch up soon!

It seems you have many species of water birds in your area! This is great because they're usually big enough to fill the frame. You captured this one very well! I'm sorry for your broken lens and wish you good luck in buying a good copy of the new one!


Your composition is wonderful! I couldn't have done it better! The egret is facing the right direction and you distributed the empty space around it very well. The water surface makes a great background and you also used the DOF to blur it. This isolates the bird nicely! Well done!


It's a difficult task to write about the colors of a completely white egret! Fortunately, there is the orange beak which adds a spot of diversity to your picture. Don't worry about having just a few colors in your picture. Most often, the simpler the picture the better it looks!


Having an excellent contrast between two complementary colors (orange and blue) attracts attention to the respective area. If this happens to be the face of the subject then it is a double success. Good contrast in the plumage too!


Except for a small area on the back of the bird you exposed the scene brilliantly! It renders great details both in the bright plumage and in the darker water and legs! The sunny conditions allowed you to use a very short shutter speed and freeze the movement of the bird in mid air.


Right on the subject! Plus you've handled the DOF very well. By using an f/8 aperture you made sure no details were blurred on the bird while the background was OOF!

Very well done my friend! Outstanding job! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Ken this is a beautifull shot of the egret good amount of detail and I like the pose, nicely composed with space in front tfs rgds Necip.

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