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Egretta gularis

Egretta gularis
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-01-31 4:35
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Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Egretta
Species:E. gularis

The western reef heron (Egretta gularis) also called the western reef egret, is a medium-sized heron found in southern Europe, Africa and parts of Asia. It has a mainly coastal distribution and occurs in several plumage forms: a slaty-grey plumage in which it can only be confused with the rather uncommon dark morph of the little egret (Egretta garzetta); a white form which can look very similar to the little egret although the bill tends to be paler and larger and the black form with white throat E. g. gularis of West Africa. There are also differences in size, structure and foraging behaviour. There have been suggestions that the species hybridizes with the little egret, and based on this, some authors treat schistacea and gularis as subspecies of Egretta garzetta. Works that consider the western reef heron as a valid species include the nominate gularis and schistacea as subspecies.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2017-01-31 6:00]

Hello Luciano,
Black but beautiful...regards.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2017-01-31 8:21]

Very nice picture Luciano! It is new for me, I think it is the first time that I see it. I like how you controled the light. Black color is very difficult with sun and you did an excellent work, no hard shadows, excellent sharpness and very nice composition.
Have a nice day.

Beautiful coloured Heron, Luciano. Excellent exposure with nice POV. Hood sharp picture.

Bonsoir Luciano,

L'oiseau est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de l'Aigrette à gorge blanche. La bonne luminosité donne de belles teintes aux couleurs de l'image. Bopne soirée.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-01-31 16:20]

Hello Luciano,
I thought I had seen ever type of heron there was until now, what a beautiful species. I love its coal black plumage and snow white throat. Excellent detail and perfectly exposed. I like its contrasting yellow feet. Well done!!

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2017-01-31 18:57]

Hola Luciano; una belleza de toma de una especie que no conocía, me gusta la composición, el entorno y los detalles de la especie; que ave mas linda...

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2017-02-01 12:30]

Lovely species, Luciano, beautifully captured!



Ciao Luciano, bella ed elegante egretta in smoking, dettagli ottimi e splendida nitidezza, bravo, ciao Silvio

Gem of a picture from your outing to Senegal last year, Luciano.
The angle of exposure with water in the background is ideal.
The black Heron is a graceful bird, indeed.

Hi Luciano,
Nicely composed shot, and it's very interesting to see our well-known little egret in black. :-) Seriously, we, trekkers can't be grateful enough for you to share photos from your trips and travels, and we may be a bit familiar with species we never heard about before. Perfect exposure, great details on the black plumage. Excellent photo, thanks and congratulations!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2017-02-10 21:02]

Hi Luciano
It is interesting to see a black heron. Those I usually see in my country are white.
The composition is balanced, with enough space in front of its eyes.


Hello Luciano

Excellent photography of this species of Heron,
very fine POV, DOF, and framing, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details of its dark plumage, TFS


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