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Great Egret

By GlenD
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

Tags: Usa Birds General Close-up and macro Florida Waterfowl Great egret Wildlife and nature

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Comments


Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
8 Sep 2008 5:14AM
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 12 55 1 Scotland
8 Sep 2008 6:14AM
Lovely sharp picture. I think #3 is my favourite,
Jim
CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
8 Sep 2008 6:29AM
Three great captures, and beautifully presented. Carol
VIKI 10 18 1 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2008 6:59AM
I love all 3. Well done.
Hoffy Plus
12 262 16 England
8 Sep 2008 7:11AM
Nice detail and like No 2
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 169 England
8 Sep 2008 7:14AM
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)
MRSbiscuit60 8 224 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2008 7:14AM
These shots are so clear. Nice to see some more birds. Trish
imagio 10 12 1 England
8 Sep 2008 7:21AM
Excellent

Bernie
cjl47 8 4 3 England
8 Sep 2008 7:22AM
All three are superb shots, great colour, detail, DOF - excellent compositions.
chris
doug_7 11 482 England
8 Sep 2008 7:42AM
One is brilliant but I also like two for its fullness.
Excellent presentation and very informative as always.
d.
Newtman 10 2 5
8 Sep 2008 8:42AM
Nice series, and a great description.
David
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
8 Sep 2008 9:23AM
Superb capture Glen, had a few sightings of these in the UK lately
Richard
8 Sep 2008 10:20AM
A great egret, indeed Glen. Beautiful captures, great eyes,
Johanna
SueTurner 12 81 3 England
8 Sep 2008 11:39AM
all three images are really good, exposure spot on like the dof as well

Sue
Mikelane 9 1 Wales
8 Sep 2008 12:09PM
Excellent set of images glen, cant pick a favourite they are all excellent captures well done regards
Mike
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
8 Sep 2008 12:28PM
3 well captured, great images here Glen, v1 just gets it for me, super info to
Stace
8 Sep 2008 1:20PM
..another cracking set Glen

Jon
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
8 Sep 2008 1:59PM
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
franfoto 9 2 32 England
8 Sep 2008 2:06PM
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
8 Sep 2008 2:59PM
excellent series of images...

(Your welcome Smile )
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
8 Sep 2008 3:09PM
Such superb work, all three are fantastic Glen.
Bob
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2008 3:54PM
Three beauties. Love the light in V1 and detail captured.
Marilyn x
janty66 9 3 England
8 Sep 2008 3:55PM
excellent shots..
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
8 Sep 2008 6:34PM
You really did get it right this time Glen. These are top quality. I think my prefence is for No2.
Ron
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1846 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2008 7:13PM
Excellent exposure on this beautiful bird. I have a preference for V2, the whole bird, and the light is so nice too.
8 Sep 2008 7:27PM
Three cracking shots, V1 for me, lovely light, detail and comp.
Regards Cheesey.
8 Sep 2008 7:56PM
wow excellent shots nice detail
Dawn
GlenD 9 United States
8 Sep 2008 8:38PM
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
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
8 Sep 2008 11:35PM
Three fine shots of this elegant bird, excellent wildlife photography again
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
9 Sep 2008 12:57PM
Cracking good thunder and lightening and tons of rain just no--7:46 AM-- just what we needed!@
Have a good day!
jennnnnnnnnn
mrsvee 8 1 England
17 Sep 2008 12:52PM
Super images.
Lovely detail & colour.
Well done.
Vee.

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