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I'm not a Moth......

By Ade_Osman    
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.....


Tags: Birds General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Great egret Somerset levels Wildlife and nature

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13 Oct 2012 9:08AM
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.

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 9:09AM
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
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
13 Oct 2012 9:44AM
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.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
13 Oct 2012 9:46AM
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.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
13 Oct 2012 9:53AM
Well done Ade, I've been there and it isn't easy,
Well worth the time and effort very good capture well framed and presented.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 Oct 2012 11:24AM
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
A Booth 16 11 4 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 11:57AM
well titled - nicely comp[osed profile image with good eye detail.
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 1:57PM
6 feet tall!!! That's not an egret it's an ostrich WinkWinkWink
Fantastic image Ade - brilliant work
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
13 Oct 2012 2:44PM
A super capture, Ade, would love to have been watching you stalking, bet you got a few funny looks Smile Carol
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 4:35PM
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.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
13 Oct 2012 5:09PM
Not even a giant moth--- a superb heron image!
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
13 Oct 2012 6:13PM
But is it a Mother? Delightful capture.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
13 Oct 2012 6:28PM
Terrific capture Ade. Still need one of these for my PF.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 Oct 2012 6:59PM
With regret I must inform you that it is in fact an egret Jenn!Wink
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
13 Oct 2012 7:08PM
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

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 8:34PM
superb capture but your the man when it comes to wildlife, moths or not
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 10:39PM
Been said Ade, so my humble
BRILLIANT SHOT will have to surfice
stunning shot
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
14 Oct 2012 11:51AM
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!


p.s. even I knew it wasn't a moth...Smile
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 8:28PM
What a great capture Ade! Well done!
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 8:37PM
Im green aswell Ade, fantastic shot!
14 Oct 2012 9:41PM
Superb shot Ade. What a fantastic looking bird. Beautifully captured.

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
14 Oct 2012 10:47PM
Excellent image Ade considering the location/habitat !!
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
15 Oct 2012 12:13PM
but it has wings!!!
did you catch it in your traps Smile
any which way it is a great shot!

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