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Great Egret at Sunset

Great Egret at Sunset
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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: 2005-12-07 4:20
Viewed: 3385
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
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Great White Egret
Egretta alba

The Great Egret is the tallest, largest white egret that can be seen in California.

It has extremely long legs and neck. Its neck is longer than its body, and is held in a distinctive kink.

Great Egrets feed on mostly fish, but will also take amphibians (frogs), aquatic invertebrates (insects, crayfish), and reptiles (snakes). During the drier months, the bird will stalk small mammals, snails and nesting birds. But they prefer to steal food where possible.

Great Egrets are skilled hunters. They stalk the shallow waters or mud flats, walking slowly or quickly with their strong neck coiled at ready.

When suitable prey is spotted they straighten out the neck, to instantly snatch the prey. When fishing, they may tilt their heads to one side, possibly to avoid the glare of the sun's reflection on the water. Great Egrets may also use their feet to stir up the water and scare up a victim.


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Nice shot Manyee!
Well composed with very good details and lighting.
I like it.

fantastic "white lady" or "Lady in white".
great showed - looks like lost Cinderella.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-07 6:06]

Hello Manyee,
Lovely composition and POV.Excellent sharpness and light.TFS

that is very nicely framed and more interesting in the foilage.
it frames the bird and makes you concentrate on its colour and shape..

Hi Manyee,
I really like the composition on this shot. The egret is beautifully framed in the palm fronds. The light is highlighting it so well. Looks great!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-07 11:02]

Hi Manyee, a pretty tough one to carry off but I think you did a very good job of it. Hard to get details in a white bird but for this one i like the backlighting. The composition is pretty good although I would like to have been more at eye level with the bird (that's easy for me to say!). Nice job.

Hi Manyee,

I'm returning the favor for critiquing one of mine. This image is wonderful. The contrast is right on and you managed to capture enough details in the leaves without overexposing the bird or getting burnout from the light coming through the trees. Very nice

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-07 18:02]

Two types of feather structures, VERY nicely captured combination!

Have a Great holiday season times two! ;-))
Excellent shot ManYee!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-08 7:15]

Manyee, this is an excellent photograph. The focus, the composition the ligting, the lot are just great. I owe you a smiley :)

You certainly captured a beautiful egret Manyee, I like the composition and POV on this. :)

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-12-11 3:00]

Hi Manyee.
Other grear pose,very nice composition, excellent colors and details.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2005-12-25 23:20]

Wonderful lights, very well used and balanced. Framing is also perfect with this leaves. The bird is superb, like a king! Congratulations!

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-07-22 12:28]

Hellow Manyee,
Brilliant capture of this egret in its natural environment.The light on the egret puts superb emphasis on your silky white subject.Great contrast, well done and TFS.

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