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Great Egret

Great Egret
Photo Information
Copyright: Lost Account (ashokmp) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 9 N: 38] (221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70 DSLR, Tokina 100-300mm F4 ATX, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-16 8:33
Viewed: 3124
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
- Another snap of the great Egret, took this snap at buena vista lagoon in carlsbad. If you see the backgound, its all misty. In the early afternoon around 2:30PM, there was a breeze of mist that came down from the pacific ocean.

Great Egret [Courtesy : http://www.birds.cornell.edu]
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.

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.

topSize: 94-104 cm (37-41 in)
Wingspan: 131-145 cm (52-57 in)
Weight: 1000 g (35.3 ounces)

Large, all white heron.
Long, black legs and feet.
Yellow bill is long, stout, and straight.
Flies with neck pulled back in S-curve.

Bill yellow with dark top edge.
Long plumes on back during breeding.
No crest or plumes on head.
In high breeding, the bill becomes orange-yellow and the lores become lime-green.

Sex Differences
Sexes appear alike.

Looks like nonbreeding adult.

Similar Species

Snowy Egret is smaller, has black bill, and yellow feet.
Great White Heron, the white form of the Great Blue Heron, has a heavier bill, and pale, not black, legs.
The white form of the Reddish Egret has a dark or bi-colored bill.
The white juvenile of the Little Blue Heron has greenish legs, and a dark bill with a bluish base.
Cattle Egret can have a yellow bill and black legs, but it is much shorter and stockier, and often has a reddish wash over the head, back, and chest.

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

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-16 9:04]

hi ashok,
lovely picture..you got a good shot of this egret..lighting is also very nice,

Hi Ashok,
Another nice inflight catch of the Egret. The composition is well done. Nice pose/POV and lighting also.
TFS, Richard

Salut Ashok
Bravo pour ta photo. Elle est tout simplement magnifique.

Nice shot! The mist gives a softening effect on the photo! I think it wud have been even better if u had taken the shot from the other side of the body on which the sunlight falls.

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