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These I have seen on here a few times, I've taken many shots of these and binned most do to burning white out on feathers, these I didn't think turned out too bad for a beginner.
This one is again shot at the small Lake Lilly in Florida. One day I'll be home to catch them with the lovely long mating plumes.

The Great Egret Ardea alba, also known as the Great White Egret, or Common Egret, is a wading egret, found in most of the tropical and warmer temperate parts of the world, although it is very local in southern Europe and Asia. It is called Kōtuku in New Zealand. It is sometimes confused with the Great White Heron in Florida, which is a white morph of the Great Blue Heron.


The Great Egret is a large bird with all white plumage that can reach 101 cm in height and weigh up to 950 g. It is only slightly smaller than the Great Blue or Grey Herons. Apart from size, the Great Egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet.

Great egret is landing at the lake in Golden Gate Park, San FranciscoThe Great Egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, spearing fish, frogs or insects with its long, sharp bill. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It is a common species, usually easily seen.

The Great Egret is partially migratory, with northern hemisphere birds moving south from areas with cold winters. It breeds in colonies in trees close to large lakes with reed beds or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest. The call at breeding colonies is a loud croaking "cuk cuk cuk". and when they're not they make other weird noises lol

Hope I'm not boring you with the water birds?
This one is a prettier one so hope it's liked

Start nights tonight so may be scarce on here for a couple of days until I adjust.

Thanks for stopping in
Glen

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 5:14 AM

Three well detailed images Glen and a very informative write up.Oh and good morning or evening or night where you are.
Tom.

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old timer  1055 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 6:14 AM

Lovely sharp picture. I think #3 is my favourite,
Jim

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 6:29 AM

Three great captures, and beautifully presented. Carol

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 6:59 AM

I love all 3. Well done.

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 7:11 AM

Nice detail and like No 2

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84271 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 7:14 AM

I think number 2 is my favourite - showing off those huge feet! You've caught it well (I could never get bored of all the different birds, and the write ups are brilliant! Smile)

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MRSbiscuit60
8 Sep 2008 - 7:14 AM

These shots are so clear. Nice to see some more birds. Trish

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imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 7:21 AM

Excellent

Bernie

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 7:22 AM

All three are superb shots, great colour, detail, DOF - excellent compositions.
chris

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doug_7
doug_7  8482 forum posts England
8 Sep 2008 - 7:42 AM

One is brilliant but I also like two for its fullness.
Excellent presentation and very informative as always.
d.

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Newtman
Newtman  85 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 8:42 AM

Nice series, and a great description.
David

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 9:23 AM

Superb capture Glen, had a few sightings of these in the UK lately
Richard

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 10:20 AM

A great egret, indeed Glen. Beautiful captures, great eyes,
Johanna

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SueTurner
SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 11:39 AM

all three images are really good, exposure spot on like the dof as well

Sue

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Mikelane
Mikelane  7 Wales
8 Sep 2008 - 12:09 PM

Excellent set of images glen, cant pick a favourite they are all excellent captures well done regards
Mike

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 12:28 PM

3 well captured, great images here Glen, v1 just gets it for me, super info to
Stace

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SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 1:20 PM

..another cracking set Glen

Jon

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 1:59 PM

Just about my favorite bird-- and you have captured it well- no burn out which is so easy to do with this huge white bird---
Three great shots!

Jennnnnn

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franfoto
franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 2:06 PM

3 excellent shots but #2 has the edge for me. Never caught site of this huge magnificent bird. Enjoyed the information too, very enlightening.
Fran

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dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
8 Sep 2008 - 2:59 PM

excellent series of images...

(Your welcome Smile )

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Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 3:09 PM

Such superb work, all three are fantastic Glen.
Bob

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GalleryGirl
8 Sep 2008 - 3:54 PM

Three beauties. Love the light in V1 and detail captured.
Marilyn x

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janty66
janty66  7 England
8 Sep 2008 - 3:55 PM

excellent shots..

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 6:34 PM

You really did get it right this time Glen. These are top quality. I think my prefence is for No2.
Ron

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pamelajean Critique Team 8763 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1591 Constructive Critique Points
8 Sep 2008 - 7:13 PM

Excellent exposure on this beautiful bird. I have a preference for V2, the whole bird, and the light is so nice too.

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cheesey
cheesey e2 Member 8cheesey vcard United Kingdom
8 Sep 2008 - 7:27 PM

Three cracking shots, V1 for me, lovely light, detail and comp.
Regards Cheesey.

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whiteswan01
8 Sep 2008 - 7:56 PM

wow excellent shots nice detail
Dawn

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GlenD
GlenD  7 United States
8 Sep 2008 - 8:38 PM

Thanks all, better go over my plans and other paper work so I know what I'm doing tonight at work...should of done it over the weekend but couldn't be bothered to lol, kinda of cheesed off at having to come up here Friday for a meeting and sit around all weekend at the hotel...could of been home a little longer!
Catcha later
Glen

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8 Sep 2008 - 11:35 PM

Three fine shots of this elegant bird, excellent wildlife photography again

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taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2008 - 12:57 PM

Cracking good thunder and lightening and tons of rain just no--7:46 AM-- just what we needed!@
Have a good day!
jennnnnnnnnn

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mrsvee  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2008 - 12:52 PM

Super images.
Lovely detail & colour.
Well done.
Vee.

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