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Cattle Egret


Cattle Egret
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-04
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-22 7:29
Viewed: 1094
Points: 20
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Early in January this year, I was out testing this new Sony camera in the clover fields near my home. The sun was about to set and I saw this flock feeding in the newly watered fields. There was not much time at my disposal when I spotted this one standing with its face to the sun perhaps tired of feeding all day and was waiting for the flock to take off and head for the roost.In this left to right light of the sun its eye seems to shine and the blend of light and shade everywhere is pleasing to the eye.Yes, a familiar bird once again.

The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Bubulcus, although some authorities regard its two subspecies as full species, the Western Cattle Egret and the Eastern Cattle Egret. Despite the similarities in plumage to the egrets of the genus Egretta, it is more closely related to the herons of Ardea. Originally native to parts of Asia, Africa and Europe, it has undergone a rapid expansion in its distribution and successfully colonised much of the rest of the world.

It is a white bird adorned with buff plumes in the breeding season. It nests in colonies, usually near bodies of water and often with other wading birds. The nest is a platform of sticks in trees or shrubs. Cattle Egrets exploit drier and open habitats more than other heron species. Their feeding habitats include seasonally inundated grasslands, pastures, farmlands, wetlands and rice paddies. They often accompany cattle or other large mammals, catching insect and small vertebrate prey disturbed by these animals. Some populations of the Cattle Egret are migratory and others show post-breeding dispersal.

The adult Cattle Egret has few predators, but birds or mammals may raid its nests, and chicks may be lost to starvation, calcium deficiency or disturbance from other large birds. This species maintains a special relationship with cattle, which extends to other large grazing mammals. The cattle egret removes ticks and flies from cattle and consumes them. This benefits both species, but it has been implicated in the spread of tick-borne animal diseases.(Wikipedia)

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The bird is certainly in a contemplative evening mood, Abid sahib. The eye with the slanting light in it accentuates that feeling.
A very artistic presentation of this otherwise commonplace bird from our sub-continent.
Regards.
Ram

Ciao Abid, great capture of lovely cattle egret, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo Syed
good picture with nice light and good sharpness
thanks greeting lou

Hello Mr.Hussain,
Beautiful picture of this Cattle Egret.Details and light is really attractive.I like its pose with catching light on left eye.Well captured.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
Srikumar

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-22 12:00]

Hi Abid,a very nice pose and an excellent capture in this backlight so well exposed,a common specie,very friendly and always nice to see.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-22 12:35]

Hello Abid,
Nice photo of this cattle Egret in back light. The eye is just in the light. Good details in the shadow parts. Taken from an excellent low POV.
Regards,
Peter

Hello Abid

Very successful backlight here, fine POV, great focus
sharpness, and details of the white plumage, TFS

Asbed

Hi Abid, Wonderful capture of this Cattle Egret, I see the sunset on its front. Great sunset mood demonstrated by this beautiful white bird. Excellent DOF and composition along with great sharpness. Thank very much
Anna

Ciao Abid,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
用逆光的照法很特別 也很美麗 眼睛卻是有光的明亮 很是好看
構圖美麗 背景深遂
謝謝分享
STONE

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-01-24 0:27]

Hello Syed Abid Hussain
such a lovely capture of the bird. Smooth silky feathers well taken and the eye contact is good.
Lovely view of a cool bird.

Regards
Foozi

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