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Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-06 3:38
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Snowy Egret
Egretta thula

The snowy egret is about two feet in length and has a wingspan of about three feet. It has white feathers, a yellow patch of skin around its eyes, a black bill and black legs with bright yellow feet. In breeding season, it has lacy plumes on its head, neck and back. Males and females look alike.

The snowy egret breeds on the Atlantic Coast, the Pacific Coast and the Gulf Coast. It is also found in some inland areas. It winters from California south to South America on the west coast and from Virginia south to the West Indies on the east coast.

The snowy egret can be found in marshes, swamps, shorelines, mudflats and ponds.

The snowy egret runs after its food. It eats shrimp, minnows and other small fish, crustaceans and frogs. It often feeds in groups.

Life Cycle
The male selects a breeding area. Both the male and female build the nest. The male collects the materials and the female does the constructing. The nest is made of reeds and twigs and is placed in a bush or on the ground. The female lays three to five eggs and both parents share incubation duties. The eggs hatch in about three weeks. Both parents care for the chicks and feed them regurgitated food. The chicks fledge when they are about a month old.

Like other egrets, the snowy egret was once killed for its plumes. Its population was seriously damaged in the 1800's. It has made a recovery and is no longer hunted.


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Super detail on the plumes Manyee and a nice frontal composition. There seem to be some blown highlights on the head and chest, but it's a very impressive image. TFS!

Quite exceptional shot!
The egret looks like quite strange, like a ghost maybe, but that makes the photo interesting. The bright BG is quite distracting though.
Anyway, I like it.

Hi Manyee,
Excellent capture!
The details and very good, great composed,
very beautiful bird.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-06 6:00]

Good photograph, I think you did well with the heavy contrast between the bright white of the bird and the dark background. I quite like his expression too (does he have one?).

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-06 6:28]

How delicate and charmingly dressed this little creature appears!
Very nice!
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Manyee,
Great job on this Snowy Egret. A very difficult exposure that you handled very well with the broad range of colors and light. You really got a great shot with his plumage all fluffed out. Looks great!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-06 13:14]

Hello Manyee,what a beautiful shot !
sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is good TFS

Hi Manyee,
hahaha, this bird looks a little crazy, I love it. The sharpness and light is excellent, not so easy with a white bird and a dark BG.
Do he realy has blue legs and yellow feet?
Realy funny guy, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Woow this is major bad hair day. You have managed the white really well. Good spotting. He's a treat for the eyes! Well done. TFS.

Hello Manyee, I do not know this bird. :-(
Pose is excellent, great work. This is a very interesting frontal picture. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Good expression photograph,

Have a Great holiday MannYee!
Thank You.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-08 0:23]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good. Nice Pov for this hairy bird.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Manyee.
- 15C here. Your picture heat me.

Very cute and funny. Good eye to catch this.

Regards, Petru

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-12-09 23:44]

Hi Manyee.
Great composition,very nice details, excellent photo.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-12-10 21:18]

Superb bird ! Very good sharpness and composition. You have a really good eye. TFS


fantastic photo. My compliment.

Great shot of the Egret, he looks a bit cross about the whole thing! Exposure is spot on - the way my computer screen is set up, I viewed the picture with the little bit of burnt out sky/purple fringing at the top/centre out of screen and I thought this worked well as a crop.



Cool shot Manyee,
It would have been really easy here to have the legs so dark that we could not see the dark blue color coming out of it.
Excellent work !!!

Fantastic image Manyee, I love egrets, they are elegant birds and easy to be seen. This snowy one is beautiful contrasting with the dark green of the palm tree. I also loved the blue legs...Very well done.

WOW this is an incredible shot and now my all time favorite!! So comical and perfect example for the black beak, legs and yellow feet differentiation!

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