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Little Egret

Little Egret
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Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300 1:2.8 L IS II USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-01-18 14:11
Viewed: 2505
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Note: This photo was taken on Fraser Island, Queensland. Conditions were both sun and cloud. A monopod was used. This photo has been cropped.

Little Egret
Egretta garzetta

While some egrets forage in wetlands by using the patient stand-and-wait strategy, or slowly creeping up on their prey, the Little Egret is often far more active when it is in pursuit of food. Often not content to simply stand in the shallows, the Little Egret is regularly seen dashing about frenetically, jerkily lifting its feet high out of the water while darting in this direction and that in pursuit of fish or other aquatic animals, often with its wings raised and fluttered.


The Little Egret is a small white egret with dark grey-black legs, black bill and a bright yellow naked face. In the breeding season the plumage includes two ribbon-like head plumes, and abundant plumes on the back and breast. The Little Egret is also called the Lesser Egret.

Similar Species

Cattle Egrets, Ardea ibis, Intermediate Egrets, A. intermedia, and the white form of the Eastern Reef Egret, Egretta sacra, are also white and of similar size, but none has the black bill of the Little Egret.


The Little Egret is found mainly in coastal and inland areas of northern, eastern and south-eastern Australia. It is common on the north, uncommon in the south, and only a winter visitor to Tasmania. Little Egrets are also found widely in Africa, Europe, Asia and New Guinea.


The Little Egret frequents tidal mudflats, saltwater and freshwater wetlands, and mangroves.


The Little Egret feeds on a wide variety of invertebrates, as well as fish and amphibians. The Little Egret hunts in shallow water by shuffling a foot to stir up aquatic prey, which it then takes in a lightning-fast movement. It also chases small fish with its wings raised.


Breeding occurs in colonies with other waterbirds. A scanty nest of sticks is built over water. Both sexes incubate the eggs. Before fledging, the young birds are able to climb around or roost in branches near the nest.

Source: www.birdlife.org.au

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Hello Colin

Great photo of the Little Egret over the sand,
with very fine POV, great DOF, and framing,
superbly focused, with great sharpness and
details of its white colored plumage, TFS


Sweet Egret, feminie white beauty, love the POV with great note attached..was a bit dark for me so left you a workshop TFS!

Hello Colin,
nice portrait. Very good point of view. Excellent composition and presentation.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2013-01-18 21:34]

Hi Colin
Very nicely posed photo of the Little Egret.
You timed it well.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-01-18 22:16]

Hello Colin,
Nice capture of an Australian Little Egret in breeding plumage. The clarity is good and the natural colours are excellent in a composition that is just right.
Interesting to note that feet of this form are black, whereas those of the European E. garzetta are bright yellow while the legs are black.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Colin,
Very beautiful picture with true natural colour,clarity and light.
Kind regards,

I colin,

Beautiful shot. Perfect pose framing and colors.
I will not call it "superbly focused" as mentioned above, thought. I would have found more appropriate to fucus on the head instead of focusing on the body.
Best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-01-19 1:58]

Hello Colin.
Fine porrait of a Little Egret with good sharpness and an nice pose . Well done and thanks for sharing this on.Regards Siggi,

Hello Colin
Good photo of the egret. Nice exposure, good point of view and detail. Good pose.
regards yiannis

Ciao Colim, great capture of lovely egret in nice walking pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Colin.
Ottima cattura di questo esemplare di Garzetta,fotografato nel suo ambiente naturale con un’ottima nitidezza belli i colori naturali,molto bene.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Hello Colin,
Nice capture of Egret in inspecting mood,lovely composition with an excellent POV.
TFS and regards,

hello Colin
very nice picture to see
great details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Colin,
little soft but very nice posture you capture.
best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-19 15:17]

Hi Colin,soft details,perfect exposure and a very elegant pose in this walking moment,an excellent way to show us this clean and beautiful egret,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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