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Great Egret

Great Egret
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-26 8:57
Viewed: 2637
Points: 30
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Great Egret (Ardea alba), also known as the Great White Egret or Common Egret or (now not in use) Great White Heron,[1] and called kōtuku in New Zealand, is a large egret. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, in southern Europe and Asia it is rather localized. In North America it is more widely distributed ubquitously across the sun belt states in the Unites States. It is sometimes confused with the Great White Heron in Florida, which is a white morph of the closely related Great Blue Heron (A. herodias). Note however that the name Great White Heron has occasionally been used to refer to the Great Egret.
The Great Egret is a large bird with all-white plumage that can reach one meter in height and weigh up to 950 grams (2.1 lb). It is thus only slightly smaller than the Great Blue or Grey Heron (A. cinerea). Apart from size, the Great Egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet, though the bill may become darker and the lower legs lighter in the breeding season. In breeding plumage, delicate ornamental feathers are borne on the back. Males and females are identical in appearance; juveniles look like non-breeding adults.
It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes, ibises and spoonbills, which extend their necks in flight.
The Great Egret is not normally a vocal bird; at breeding colonies, however, it often gives a loud croaking cuk cuk cuk.
The Great Egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small birds and reptiles, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It is a common species, usually easily seen.
Though it might appear that they feed on the parasites off buffalos, they actually feed on leaf hoppers, grass hoppers and other insects which are stirred open as buffalos move about in water.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-26 9:10]

Hi Razvan,
Lovely capture of this Great Egret.POV,details on plumage and framing are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Razvan! Wonderful Egret, amazing pose, good scene and scenery, nice light and colours. Very good contrast. Interesting note. Well done!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-26 9:35]

Seara buna Razvan,
frumoasa aceasta egreta a ta. Ca si compozitie este de top. Excelent contrast intre subiect si BG.
O seara linistita,

HI Razvan,
this egret is very noble, I love the pose standing in the water.
Excellent sharpness, we can see so wonderful details like the yellow eye, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-26 10:03]

Buna, o fotografie reusita despre egreta mare, detalii si culori fine, claritate excelenta, felicitari!

Hello Razvan

This heron is quiet, beautiful and elegant. A very good bird to photograph. Here in Venezuela also lives, I think you handled the light very well for a very natural white in its plumage. Excellent pose and very good crop and composition.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-26 10:49]

Hello Razvan,
Pleasing photo of this Great White Egret. Beautiful colours, good sharpness, composition and a nice POV and BG.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-26 11:31]

Hello Razvan,
Wonderful pose and excellent POV on this composition. Details are sharp from beak to toe. Colors and exposure are very good.
Best regards Siggi

Buna Razvan,
Excelenta aceasta egreta bine redata avand culori si detalii superbe.
O postura bine surprinsa.
Numai bine!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-11-26 14:11]

Slav Razvan,
Very good capture of this Great egret in the water with excellent colors,POV and sharpness.

Hi and Good Morning Razvan,

Fine capture of a great egrett from nice POV with nice clarity, details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hi Razvan,

Really like this shot of a Great Egret, excellent detail in the whites, and stands out well within its natural suroundings.

Just a small comment a virtical crop would also suit this, especally if the Egrets refelction was part of the whole image.

Other then that really nice job, Cheers Rick :)

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-27 1:49]

Hello Razvan.

Great shot of this Egret.
It is always difficult to get the white on a fine and detailed matter.
You succeeded very well in it, Congrats.

Gr. Hans

Hi Razvan. Interesting compo here with vry good details and sharp. beautiful colours and reflection too.


Ciao Razvan, splendid great egret in nice pose, fantastic reflections, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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