Great White Egret flying
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|The Great Egret (Ardea alba), also known as the Great White Egret, White Heron, 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 should not be confused with the Great White Heron, which is a white morph of the Great Blue Heron found in Florida.|
The Great White Egret is a large bird, only slightly smaller than the Great Blue or Grey Herons. It has all white plumage. Apart from size, it can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet. It also has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks.
It 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 conspicuous 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 "krrrk ".
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- [2005-08-14 14:10]
This is a good shot, but I dont think this is an Egret and I will tell you why:
An Egret have a pointy beak so in the picture you need to see the beak, the whole beak, and here we se only a line for the beak, so I think this bird is a SpoonBill.
And an other thing' an Egret fly with her head "folded" back and this bird dosen't fly like that' so this isn't an Egret.
- [2005-08-15 3:47]
Lovely action capture.POV and DOF are wonderful.TFS...:-)
Πολύ καλή και αυτή Γιάννη.
Μ'αρεσε στο φόντο που φαίνονται και άλλα πουλιά που πάνε αντίθετα.