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I'm not a Moth......Just for a change Smile In fact I'm one of very rare and elusive Great Egrets that live down on the Somerset Levels.
Manage to stalk this one down on a visit back in the summer, couldn't get any closer than this and he was determined to keep his cover in the reed beds. But all in all I was fairly happy with the final image, especially as I had to use manual focus because of all the reeds. It's just a shame you can't really get an idea of the size of this elusive bird, from toe to top of the head it must stand 6 feet tall when stood upright like this! Very funny watching all the twitchers down there this trying to get a wee glimpse with all their bird watching scopes, especially when I managed to get so close with nothing more than a bit of field craft and a camouflaged jacket. You should have seen some of the faces when I got back to the car and showed off the image to some of them.....They were as green as the reeds in the image Wink

Hope everyone has a great w/e, catch up with everyone later.....

Ade

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Sigma EX DG APO HSM 50-500mm (Bigma)
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:21 May 2012 - 11:06 AM
Focal Length:500mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:I'm not a Moth......
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:13 Oct 2012 - 8:52 AM
Tags:Birds, Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General, Great egret, Somerset levels, Wildlife / nature
Votes:59

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 - 9:08 AM

Well done, Ade. A great capture.
One breeding pair did better than the other (3:1) and, although the parent birds are French, I understand that the youngsters have a noticeable Somerset accent. GrinGrinGrin
I'm going over there myself tomorrow.
Malcolm

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32822 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 9:09 AM

An extremely elusive bird indeed Ade, however you seemed to have worked your magic and broken the lock. A wonderfully sharp and well composed photograph, for which I take my hat of to you Sir.

Please accept my UA for stealth and determination.

Regards Nathan. GrinGrinGrin

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41025 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 9:44 AM

I can't get the image of you skulking about in the reeds all camo'ed up, out of my head TongueGrin Well worth it though.

Dave

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4137 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 9:46 AM

It is a bit different from you, Ade, and wisely I see it hid its knobbly knees so as not to incur any come back from your good selfWinkWinkWinkWink.
Ronnie.

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FeatherFriend
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13 Oct 2012 - 9:53 AM

Well done Ade, I've been there and it isn't easy,
Geoff.

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JohnChambersPhotography

Well worth the time and effort very good capture well framed and presented.

John

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 11:24 AM

A terrific capture of this elegant and elusive bird Ade, you are definitely the top boy on your home patch and showed all those herberts with all their expensive gear that that means nothing compared with your technique, vast knowledge and field craft skills that you have honed from years spent down on the levels. You have lived up to your billing as "Bristols Premier Wildlife Photographer" and seen off all challengers just like that Stag that used to be known as the Emperor did on Exmoor for many years!Grin

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A Booth
A Booth e2 Member 12A Booth vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 11:57 AM

well titled - nicely comp[osed profile image with good eye detail.

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 430 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 1:57 PM

6 feet tall!!! That's not an egret it's an ostrich WinkWinkWink
Fantastic image Ade - brilliant work
Jason

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 2:44 PM

A super capture, Ade, would love to have been watching you stalking, bet you got a few funny looks Smile Carol

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 4:35 PM

You've conjured up a wonderful picture Ade.... wish I'd been there to watch! Smile This is a fine image of this new resident.
Ann

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 5:09 PM

Not even a giant moth--- a superb heron image!

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 6:13 PM

But is it a Mother? Delightful capture.

Albert

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 6:28 PM

Terrific capture Ade. Still need one of these for my PF.
Ron

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 6:59 PM

With regret I must inform you that it is in fact an egret Jenn!Wink

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 7:08 PM

Ere....Steady on Ed, I won't be able to get my 'ead out the door the way you're talking me up.....Smile

Thanks to Nathan for the UA, gave me a big smile this evening Wink

Ade

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 8:34 PM

superb capture but your the man when it comes to wildlife, moths or not

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 10:39 PM

Been said Ade, so my humble
BRILLIANT SHOT will have to surfice
stunning shot
Lillian

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43570 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway23 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2012 - 11:51 AM

Well done you for getting this one, Ade.
I guess the Egret could be the source of the expression about winding yer neck inWink That neck goes on forever!

Malc

p.s. even I knew it wasn't a moth...Smile

Last Modified By saltireblue at 14 Oct 2012 - 11:52 AM

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gingerdelight
14 Oct 2012 - 8:28 PM

What a great capture Ade! Well done!
Carol

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 - 8:37 PM

Im green aswell Ade, fantastic shot!
Brian

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Snapitt
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14 Oct 2012 - 9:41 PM

Superb shot Ade. What a fantastic looking bird. Beautifully captured.

Jane

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2012 - 10:47 PM

Excellent image Ade considering the location/habitat !!
Ron.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
15 Oct 2012 - 12:13 PM

but it has wings!!!
did you catch it in your traps Smile
any which way it is a great shot!

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