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Little Egret


Little Egret
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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-17
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-25 1:07
Viewed: 2291
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another bird at the dams is the Little Egret. If you look at all the photos of the birds I’ve placed so far that I took at the dams on the mine then you will understand why I could just stay there all day long.
Just wished I could get closer but will only be able to do that if I can stay there all day long. There is a bigger variety of birds than at the Sabledam in the KNP.

Enjoy and comments are welcome.

Little Egret
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) is a small white heron. It is the Old World counterpart to the very similar New World Snowy Egret

Description
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.

Distribution and conservation
Its breeding distribution is in wetlands in warm temperate to tropical parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. In warmer locations, most birds are permanent residents; northern populations, including many European birds, migrate to Africa and southern Asia. They may also wander north in late summer after the breeding season, which may have assisted its current range expansion. Globally, the Little Egret is not listed as a threatened species.

Reproduction
The Little Egret nests in colonies, often with other wading birds, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs or in a reedbed or bamboo grove. In some locations such as the Cape Verde Islands, they nest on cliffs. Pairs defend a small breeding territory, usually extending around 3–4 m from the nest. The three to five eggs are incubated by both adults for 21–25 days to hatching. They are oval in shape and have a pale, non-glossy, blue-green colour. The young birds are covered in white down feathers, are cared for by both parents and fledge after 40 to 45 days.

Feeding
Little Egrets eat fish, insects, amphibians, crustaceans, and reptiles. They stalk their prey in shallow water, often running with raised wings or shuffling its feet to disturb small fish. They may also stand still and wait to ambush prey.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-25 1:21]

Hi Natley,a very professional work in this difficult situation and light,i like the great light balance for the best white of plums and the great sharpness too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Natley,
A beautifull bird indeed. Always difficult to take a photo on the shadow side. But the clarity is there and of course the eye detail which I love.
Love,
Carl

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-25 18:26]

Hello Natley,
A beautiful Egret indeed, and shown in an attractive pose. White is always hard for me when it comes to getting the correct exposure, but you did a fine job in this instance. Excellent sharp focus and nicely composed. Well done!!
Ron

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-25 22:33]

Bonjour Natley,
Cet oiseau attendait la photo car il semble prendre la pose. Belle attitude du sujet dans une très agréable composition.
Belle mise en scène.
Amitiés
Serge

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-09-26 14:17]

Hola Natley.
It is not an easy work to have such a great photo of a white subjet when there is to much light on BG.
This photo is a prowork.
Lovely image of this Little Erget.
Luis52.

Bonjour Natley,
Le sujet est relativement bien valorisé dans son environnement malgré un manque de contraste avec l'arrière-plan, compte tenu du mimétisme de couleurs, et d'une profondeur de champ insuffisante ne permettant pas d'apprécier la finesse du plumage de l'oiseau d'une couleur difficile à exploiter.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

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