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Great egret

Great egret
Photo Information
Copyright: Oana Otilia Saracutu (oanaotilia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 529 W: 28 N: 964] (3416)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-01
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-30 8:51
Viewed: 3472
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Great Egret (Ardea alba), also known as the Great White Egret or Common Egret or (now not in use) Great White Heron,[1] and called kōtuku in New Zealand, is a large egret. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, in southern Europe and Asia it is rather localized. In North America it is more widely distributed ubquitously across the sun belt states in the Unites States. It is sometimes confused with the Great White Heron in Florida, which is a white morph of the closely related Great Blue Heron (A. herodias). Note however that the name Great White Heron has occasionally been used to refer to the Great Egret.
he Great Egret is a large bird with all-white plumage that can reach one meter in height and weigh up to 950 grams (2.1 lb). It is thus only slightly smaller than the Great Blue or Grey Heron (A. cinerea). Apart from size, the Great Egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet, though the bill may become darker and the lower legs lighter in the breeding season. In breeding plumage, delicate ornamental feathers are borne on the back. Males and females are identical in appearance; juveniles look like non-breeding adults.
In flight

It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes, ibises and spoonbills, which extend their necks in flight.

The Great Egret is not normally a vocal bird; at breeding colonies, however, it often gives a loud croaking cuk cuk cuk.
from wikipedia
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Picture taken in Danube Delta, near Uzlina Lake, on an old arm.
More informations about Danube Delta:

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-08-30 8:54]

Salut Oana,
super captura. Bine ca mai exista inca asemenea specimene.
Sper sa mai avem si peste ani cit mai multe specii de fotografiat in Delta.
Iti doresc o duminica frumoasa,

Hello Oana,
Very well shot inflight display of this elegant bird against clear blue sky. TFS


This is a lovely photo. Nice detail and color of this bird in flight.


Hello Oana,

Great capture.
Beautiful colours with fantastic details.
Lighting and composition are excellent.
Good composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-30 12:23]

Hi Oana. A good inflight shot of this beautiful looking Great egret . Your timing was spot on to have got this one. good detail and natural colours. Stands out well from the plain blue sky . All with interesting notes. well done TFS.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-08-30 12:55]

Hello Oana,

I like this pure capture in this blue sky!
Very fine! Congratulation!


Hello Oana,
Very nice shot of this beautiful bird! Nice composition and tones. Very good timing too. Good for you to have the time this summer to go tot this nice place. Cheers,

hello Oana

excellent photo of this Great egret in-flight, with fine POV,
fine focus on it great sharpness and details,
you managed very well your camera to obtain details
of the white plumage and the shadowed parts under the wing,



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-31 7:32]

Hello Oana,
A lovely in-flight capture of the Great Egret in flight. Beautiful light and colours and well timed!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Excelenta imagine Oana,
O claritate buna ,detalii bine reprezentate si culori naturale.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-31 10:51]

Buna Oana
Superba poza, eu unul inca nu am reusit sa ma apropii suficient de aceasta specie.
O seara placuta.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-01 7:56]

Hello Oana,
Very good photo in beautiful contrasting colours. Good timing. Excellent sharpness, composition and a beautiful blue sky.

Hello Oana,
what a nice capture for beautiful Great Egret. wing movements superb, as like focus, POV, eyes contact and composition. yellow bill and blue sky also very nice. thanks for sharing,
have a nice week.

Hello Oana,

Thanks for sharing a beautiful photo! The line of the legs draws my eye into the well detailed plumage only to be delighted by the detail in the eye and then the golden beak. This is a beautiful composition with wonderful detail. Nice job!


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-09-20 22:32]

Hello Oana !
Wow, this is impressive - your timing was just perfect ! You have frozen the bird in a wonderful pose, so elegant ! I also like the way its white plumage stands out on the blue sky, and the composition is great as well as the details. Couldn't be more beautiful than it is. Very well done !

Bine prins,frumos lucrat,daca nu te superi,eu lasam mai mult spatiu in fata,dar poate nu te lasa imaginea originala...oricum felicitari. Istvan

hello oana
superb timing and sharpness

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2009-11-03 17:00]

Hello Oana,
What a beautiful iamge of this beautiful egret in flight, it is a perfect moment, not easy to capture with such good sharpness and clarity. the soft blue background is wonderful complementary color to bring out the soft white of the bird illuminated with warm golden light. Minimalist composition which allow us to fully appreciate the beauty of this elegant bird. My complements.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-10 19:39]

Hi Oana,
this is an elegance shot of a bird in flight. Very well taken with sharpness and the soft blue sky give a nice background.
well composed and the light hitting the wings make this shot very attractive.
Well done and well thought photo.


Wow! Very nice shot!!!Lovely flight!!Congratulations!!

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