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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: 2009-12-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): aquatic birds! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-01 10:05
Viewed: 2776
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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Hello Razvan,
a fantastic capture of the Great Egret, superb sharpness and splendid colours, i like this very pleasing composition with the Great Cornorant on the BG.
I wish you and your family a Healthy and Happy 2010.
Ciao Maurizio

Happy New Year Razvan!
very beautiful scene with the cormorant as background, fine pose beautiful colors and fine details!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-01 10:25]

Hi Razvan. A fine picture of the Great Egret . Standing on one leg in the snow.taken with good detail . I see you have a Cormorant in the BG. well taken TFS.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-01 10:37]

Salutare Razvan !
se pare ca incepi anul 2010 asa cum l-ai lasat pe 2009, adica cu o noua imagine deosebita.
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! sau Un An Nou cu fericire, sanatate si tot ceea ce iti doresti atit tu cit si familia ta.
Speram cu totii ca noul an sa fie mai bun ca cel precedent.
Iti multumesc pe aceasta cale pentru vizitele si comentariile frumoase si folositoare pe care le-ai avut la pozele mele.
Cele mai bune ginduri,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-01-01 11:19]

Hi Razvan
Nice capture.I love your subject natural pose.Good DOF also that give us a good look at that cormorant in the BG,almost a two for one.
TFS and happy new year Michel

ciao Ravzan!
spendid capture of Great White Egret in
a beautiful place on the Black Sea
I like the play of colors with white foreground and the black of cormorant and the red frame in the background blurry

compliment ad happy 2010 sERGIO

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-01 12:30]

Hi Razvan,
Lovely capture.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.POV,lighting and composition are also wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

hello Razvan
this is a super picture with vert good light and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Hi Razvan,
this shot is wonderful, to see these two beautiful birds is amazing.
Also beautiful light and colours, thanks.
All the best for 2010,
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Buna Razvan,
LA MULTI ANI! Vad ca ai inceput anul cu exemplare deosebite si foarte clar redate.
O imagine excelenta avand detalii bune si o claritate deosebita.
Mult succes si numai bine!

Hello Razvan,
Very good approach. really excellent. The fund complements very well the bird in the foreground. And the cormorant blurred in the background, enhances m (as the whole. Nice work and good documentation. TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-01 22:47]

Hello Razvan,
A fine capture of the great Egret taken from a great lateral POV in a fine pose and contrasting well with the OOF BG with excellent sharpness and lighting.
Thanks and I wish you a happy and healthy 2010!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-02 2:54]

Hi Razvan.

A great capture of this Great Egret.
The details in the white are very good to see and with this classical pose makes it a beuatiful picture to look at.

Gr. Hans

Buna Razvan,
La multi ani! Trebuie sa-ti marturisesc ca urmaresc postarile tale de pe site de aproximativ un an de zile si sunt impresionat de ceea ce vad. Imaginile sunt extraordinare asa cum este si aceasta.
Numai bine!

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2010-01-03 22:58]

Hello Razvan,
Nice capture of the Great Egret on one leg. Good sharpness and details. I liked the way you have com[osed the picture with the OOF Cormorant in the background.
Thanks for the share,

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