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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6450 W: 89 N: 15596] (65250)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-14
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-07 2:38
Viewed: 3237
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Egretta
Species: E. garzetta

The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) is a small white heron. It is the Old World counterpart to the very similar New World Snowy Egret.
The adult Little Egret is 55–65 cm long with an 88–106 cm wingspan, and weighs 350–550 grams. Its plumage is all white. The subspecies garzetta has long black legs with yellow feet and a slim black bill. In the breeding season, the adult has two long nape plumes and gauzy plumes on the back and breast, and the bare skin between the bill and eyes becomes red or blue. Juveniles are similar to non-breeding adults but have greenish-black legs and duller yellow feet. has yellow feet and a bare patch of grey-green skin between the bill and eyes. The subspecies nigripes differs in having yellow skin between the bill and eye, and blackish feet.
Little Egrets are mostly silent but make various croaking and bubbling calls at their breeding colonies and produce a harsh alarm call when disturbed.

EGRETTA GARZETTA

La garzetta (Egretta garzetta, Linnaeus, 1766) è un uccello pelecaniforme della famiglia degli Ardeidi.
La garzetta è lunga circa 55-65 cm, il suo peso varia da 350 a 650 g ed ha un'apertura alare di 85-95 cm. Il piumaggio è interamente bianco, il lungo becco è nero, come le zampe, mentre i piedi sono giallastri. L'iride è gialla. In abito nuziale questo airone sviluppa alcune penne ornamentali molto lunghe sulla nuca, alla base del collo e sul mantello. Non esiste una caratteristica evidente che differenzia i due sessi.
La garzetta, come del resto quasi tutti gli aironi, è un uccello molto legato all'acqua. Infatti frequenta prevalentemente ambienti acquitrinosi, sponde di fiumi, laghi e stagni. Ed è un uccello migratore, svernante e nidificante. È presente in quasi tutto il bacino del Mediterraneo, Africa, Asia meridionale, Australia e Indonesia.
Le popolazioni italiane di garzetta sono in parte migratrici e in parte stanziali. Quelle migratrici nidificano nella pianura padana e svernano in Africa oppure sono popolazioni nidificanti in Europa centrale che vengono a svernare nel nostro Paese.
Aiutandosi con le lunghe zampe e sfruttando la rapidità e la precisione dei suoi colpi di becco, caccia le sue piccole prede in acque basse. Spesso la si può osservare in piccoli gruppi o insieme ad altri aironi. Durante il suo volo lento e regolare, la garzetta ripiega il collo verso il corpo formando una caratteristica "S".
La garzetta si nutre di piccoli vertebrati come pesciolini, anfibi e rettili e invertebrati quali crostacei, molluschi e insetti che cattura con colpi precisi del becco da un posatoio emerso o inseguendoli con i lunghi trampoli in acque basse.
Nidifica in colonie (anche miste con altri ardeidi) in boschetti prevalentemente in ambienti acquitrinosi, costruendo grossi nidi fatti di rami secchi, su pioppi, salici, altri alberi ad alto fusto o anche grossi cespugli. Nel mese di aprile la femmina depone 3-5 uova di colore verde-bluastro che cova insieme al maschio per circa 3 settimane. Dopo 20-25 giorni dalla schiusa delle uova, i piccoli abbandonano il nido e un paio di settimane dopo sono atti al volo. In un anno viene deposta un'unica covata.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-12-07 5:29]

Hello my friend
Another nice closed up.Good point of view and pleasing pose from the egret.Youd did an excellent job capturing fine details from the white plumage
TFS & ciao Michel

Salut Luciano

Belle photo avec un excellent POV et cadrage approprié,
une belle lumière venant sur l'oiseau,
superbe détails de son plumage blanc, TFS

Asbed

Lovely shot of this Little Egret busy in preening, Luciano.
Another gem of a picture from your Egypt trip.
Thanks and regards.
Ram

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-07 7:01]

Hello Luciano,
Fantastic photo of this Little Egret in perfect white balance, beautiful colours, great sharpness, details, DOF and taken from an excellent POV.
Regards,
Peter

hello Luciano.
very nice moment you capture with good colour and sharpness. very well composed picture.
best wishes,
samiran

Hello Luciano,
Lovely composition of a nice pose,excellent sharp details and exposure.
TFS and my regards_Joy

un bel momento sei riuscito a riprendere, molto bene il controlo del bianco del volatile, complimenti Luciano per la foto,

ciao, tino

Ciao Luciano.
Gran bella cattura di questa Garzetta,un soggetto non facile da fotografare per il suo piumaggio bianco,(a mio parere).Grande nitidezza con ottimi dettagli,belli i colori complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Luciano
Fine detailed photo, excellent exposure, good background and light. Nice moment captured.
regards yiannis

Hello Luciano
super good picture with great details
nice pose on 1 leg
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hi Luciano,
excellent capture, well done! TFs & Have a nice WE
Ferran

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-12-08 0:32]

Shalom Luciano,

Very beautiful bird caught in a cute moment.

Have a pleasant weekend,

Ishi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3052 W: 3 N: 8715] (40572)
  • [2012-12-08 4:12]

Bonjour Luciano,
N'ai pas pu écrire hier soir comme je le voulais, coupure d'internet pendant plusieurs heures.
Une autre Egrette de la Mer rouge, celle-ci bien occupée à se lisser le plumage. Une pose assez drôle, il faut se nettoyer partout...
Bonne gestion du blanc, une image drôle et bien cadrée.
Bonne fin de semaine
Amitiés
Anne

Boa tarde Luciano
Wonderful capture of this Egret.Funny pose,wonderful close composition,beautifu colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Um abraço
J.Diogo

Hello Luciano,
What lucky you are to catch such a beauty, from close distance. Amazing details, perfect WB and exceptional focus. This bird has a wonderful white plumage. The details of the plumage are outstanding.
Have a nice weekend!
Marius.

Hello Luciano,
An excellent capture with fine coloration, sharpness & pose. Very nicely presented with a great POV. Nice work & TFS. Best wishes!

Umar

Hello Luciano
Beautiful photo with very good composition, nice lighting and good sharpness!
Regards,
Christodoulos

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-12-09 3:26]

Hello Luciano,
wonderfull shot, this egret is very nice and your composition is realy perfect, thanks for sharing.
Regards Siggi

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-12-09 8:36]

Hola Luciano, otra bella foto con mucha axión, me gusta mucho la especie, el color de la toma, la luz y el entorno natural...saludos.

You make me wish I was over near the Mediterranean, where I could see such wonderful creatures, then come home to some of your absolutely great cooking Luciano! I look at your recipes on FB as well you know and it makes me quite hungry for Italian. If you cook as well as you take images...I am set eh?

Nothing wrong with any of your images, nor this one.....I have never had reason to do anything from you but learn new tricks.. for even you an old man. I am still older.....I am now known as Santa Clause here on a regular basis...
Bob

Ciao Luciano, anche questa da applauso, fantastica posa, e mo' chi ci ragiona più con te, dettagli e nitideza impressionanti, favolosa la resa del bianco, va be' me ne vado a dormire, che è tardino, buona notte campione, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-12-09 18:50]

Hellow Luciano,
A fine shot of this pretty Little Egret. White balance looks great and you captured it in an attractive one legged pose. Nice sharp focus and great exposure. I don't believe I have ever heard of a little Egret before, TFS.
Ron

Ciao Luciano. Questa è un capolavoro!

Roberto

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-12-27 0:45]

Hello Luciano,
lovely normal antic of the crane. The view is lively in details and clarity.
The white is well balanced and it emerged well in the canvas.
Excellent presentation.
Love it

Regards
Foozi

Luciano, this is a great shot of this egret. It has good clarity, detail and sharpness. Congratulations.

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