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A Long Beak

A Long Beak
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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: 2006-11-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animal Portraits II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-06 3:00
Viewed: 3945
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken full frame. I thought I was going to get impaled.
He flew right up and perched on a branch next to me. He must not have seen me leaning on the other side of the tree trunk.

Great Egret
Ardea alba

Grande Aigrette (French)
Garza blanca, Garza grande, Garza real (Spanish)
Great White Egret (British) (English)

A large white heron, the Great Egret is found across much of the world, from southern Canada southward to Argentina, and in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. It's the largest egret in the Old World, and thus has garnered the name Great White Egret. But in the Americas, the white form of the Great Blue Heron is larger and warrants that name. In the United States, the Great Egret used to be called the American Egret but that was hardly appropriate, since the species range extends beyond America and indeed farther than other herons.

Large, all white heron.
Long, black legs and feet.
Yellow bill is long, stout, and straight.
Flies with neck pulled back in S-curve.
Size: 94-104 cm (37-41 in)
Wingspan: 131-145 cm (52-57 in)
Weight: 1000 g (35.3 ounces)

A deep croak when disturbed. Other low calls around nest.

Conservation Status:
Plume hunters in the late 1800s and early 1900s reduced North American populations by more than 95 percent. The populations recovered after the birds were protected by law. No population is considered threatened, but the species is vulnerable to the loss of wetlands.

Cool Facts
The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Audubon was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.
Not all young that hatch survive the nestling period. Aggression among nestlings is common and large chicks frequently kill their smaller siblings.
The longevity record for a wild Great Egret is nearly 23 years.


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Good sharpness and detail, sky makes a good plain background, exposure looks pretty much spot on.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-06 3:37]

Hello Manyee,
Wonderful great egret portrait.Details on white feathers are excellent.I liked POV,cross framing,blue sky at BG,clear eyes and composition a lot.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-06 3:43]

Hi Manyee,
This is a superb close-up with all the sharpness desired. the comp. is just right and the light and BG very suitable. I can't fault it!
To think that he flew to land so close to enable you to take this fine shot. You took the opportunity with both hands!
Well done and TFS,
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Manyee

Fantastic shot. Love the crop. The exposure is well handled. Nice work MF! Thank you!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-12-06 4:32]

Great catch! I suppose he was really close to you. I loved the eye a lot. Focus and sharpness is very good. Well done Manyee. TFS

hi manyee,
nice capture,
the dark blue sky has been workind as perfect bg,
well composed shot, fine pov,
well satrated colours,
excellent sharpness,
tfs & regards


great capture here,
wow, what a close up,
love the eyes,


Well done Manyee.
Very nice portrait. Excellent sharpness accentuated by that beak :) "A Long Beak"..Sounds like a "A Long Week" (oh no) :) Great detail, exposure, comp, POV, and...man that beaks long ;-}}
Have a good day!

Hi Manyee,
This is a nice close-up with nice sharpness,


Hi Manyee,
This is a very sharp and nice picture...
Please, take care:-)

Lots of detail in this one ManYee. I can just visualize your reaction to his landing next to you. I'm glad you had the presence of mind and steady hand to get this shot. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-06 11:56]

Hi Manyee.
Great detail.Very nice composition.Very good sharpness.Perfect BG.
Excellent portrait.
Regards Milos

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-06 13:32]

Hi Manyee.
How you managed to place such long beak in the frame?

Excellent POV, perfect details, amazing blue sky and very attractive diagonal. Bravo.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-06 14:52]

Wow Manyee, sounds exciting this big bird perching right there next to you! Great POV!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-12-06 14:59]

Very awesome portrait of the great Egret. One of my favorite birds. the ligting and exposure is spot on, the sharpness and details are awesome. Very beautiful photo Manyee.

Hi Manyee,
Extreme portrait! I love the composition and framing. The colors and detail in this look superb. Great shot on this Great Egret!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-06 23:39]

Outstanding close-up of the egret! The detail and sharpness is outstanding! Excellent color and full frame composition.

Hello Manyee,
A great composition of this heron, very well put to|in the picture, some impressive colors, the moment which you lived sure that it was very interesting ;o).
Salutacions cordials.

Hi Manyee, I trust you are well. Lovely portrait. Really sharp and nicely composed. that eye really pops. Very well done.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-08 14:17]

Hi ManYee
What a lovely beak (I mean head) to fill that amazing California blue sky. These birds should be licensed to carry such dangerous weapon in public.

An amazing capture and a perfectly fitting composition and crop. The details are so sharp and the colours are so well defined and saturated. The BG needs no further commenting as it is a "wow", and the exposure was as good as it can be. Even a professional photographer with sophisticated equipment will have a tough time to try and improve on this.

Great work my friend and TFS.

Hell Manyee,
perfect details, well saturated colours,
most powerful, highly reduced composition of high impact.
Thank you! My best regards,

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-12-12 23:39]

Hi Manyee,
Very sharp and detailed, great clear background, nice framing.
Very well done and TFS!

Hi, Manyee.
Nice shot. Tack sharp. Good exposure both on white details and blue background. Good diagonal composition. Looks great.

Briiliant! But don't elongate the list of martyrs of nature photography! Please be careful next time.

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