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Casmerodius albus

Casmerodius albus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-11 11:36
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Casmerodius albus (Linnaeus 1758), (Ardea alba),
Great Egret, Great White Egret.

Casmerodius albus is a large, white heron (Family Ardeidae). It is a large bird with all-white plumage that can reach one meter in height and a wingspan of 165 to 215 cm. It has 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.

It distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world. In southern Europe it is rather localized. In North America it is more widely distributed, and it is ubiquitous across the Sun Belt of the United States and in the rainforests of South America.

There were four subspecies in various parts of the world, which differ but little. Differences are bare part coloration in the breeding season and size; the largest A. a. modesta from Asia and Australasia is now considered a full species, the Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta). The remaining three subspecies are:
Ardea alba alba (Europe)
Ardea alba egretta (Americas)
Ardea alba melanorhynchos (Africa)
The Great Egret is partially migratory, with northern hemisphere birds moving south from areas with colder winters. It breeds in colonies in trees close to large lakes with reed beds or other extensive wetlands.
The Great Egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small birds and reptiles, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.

In Cyprus Casmerodius albus is a scarce passage migrant in very small numbers during March and April. It is less frequent on return passage August to November. Occasionally over winters in small numbers. .

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Amazing moment captured in time once again Christodoulos! Superb point of view and stunning colors. I love this intense green and the deep yellow beak. Even the small fish eye is clearly visible! Amazing indeed!
George Veltchev

Hi Christodoulos!
Perfect portrait of this casmerodius albus with very interesting reflection in water. Amazing natural colour (especially white and orange).
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-11 11:51]

Hello Christodoulos,
I'm wondering how you get this perfect clarity in all of your photos. It's amazing. The sharpness, details, low POV, DOF and colours are really gorgeous. Even the eye of the fish is visible and I think it is struggling. You're a master!
Have a great weekend,

Ciao Christodoulos.
Grande scatto una nitidezza inpressionante complimenti ottimi i colori del becco come quelli del'occhio,ottima la composizione. Ti auguro un buon fine settimana Marco ciao

Ciao Christodoulos. Fabolouse symetric one with razor detals and sharp. Impressive white's managment. Exciting colours.


Ciao Christodoulos, wonderful capture of fantastic Great Egret, beautiful light, fascinating reflections, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-11 12:49]

Hello Christodoulos,
A beautiful well composed shot of the Great White Egret and its reflection. The sharpness is top and the exposure just right.
An expert could identify the small captured fish!
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hi Christodoulos

A common species, but this is expertly captured. Beautiful composition and great sharpness


Hallo Christodoulos,
another fantastic picture from you, outstanding sharpness, marvellous colour tones, i like very much, superb visual impact
Have a good weekend

hello Christodoulos

once again great photo shot with excellent timing,
very fine POV, DOF, great focus sharpness details,



Perfect timing, composition is also very beautiful. Reflection is also added beauty of the picture. Congratulation.

This is I would say a perfectly exposed picture.
great work. My congratulations to you.

Hello Christodoulos,
Another amazing image captured with great sharp details, natural colours, excellent POV and exposure. Well done!

Hello Christodoulos,

what an great shot from this Egret with exellent composition and refelections in the water.
Good pov and detailed image.
Fine colors.
Well done.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-12 1:24]

Hello Christodoulos,
very lively capture of this white egret aginst the muddy water. The contrast is beautifully rendered in smoothness and reflection.
Very sharp indeed and the eye isso stunning clear.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-02-12 4:39]

Hello Christodoulos,
Funny situation, the big bird and the tiny fish..
As usual best sharpness and a simple and efficient presentation. Love the reflection on the water-surface. Lovely subtle colors too.
Have a nice weekend
Kind regards

Hi Chris - a favulous capture of the Egret. What i like is the fish captured in the mouth. Great Sharpness and nice POV. TFS

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-12 6:45]

Lovely 'S' curve achieved here, fine species and well captured with its reflection, I would have preferred a rectangle format for this frame. tfs.

Perfect photograph with amazing action! regards Yiannis

Hello Christodoulos,
Splendid details, colors and outstanding focus. Excellent capture with wonderful
sharpness. Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-12 9:16]

Hello Christodoulos.
Excellent shot.Great lighting, details and sharpness, nice reflections and contrast. Great colours, POV and composition too. Very well done, thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

ωραίος και με θήραμα, πολύ καλή απόδοση στα λευκά του, υπέροχη φυσική αλλά και καλιτεχνική σκηνή! καλό βράδυ Χριστόδουλε!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-12 15:03]

No comment my friend,this pic talk alone....fantastic quality,composition and reflections!Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-02-13 11:01]

Hi Christodoulos!
Impressive capture my friend! Great details...the droplets on the beak is lovely :)
Wonderful reflections...it seems that the bird is looking on the water.
ciao! vanda

Hello Christodoulos,

A fine pose and a lovely mirror effect!
Excellent details in the shining white plumage, a fine exposure indeed...
The feeding action is well recorded, educational quality!

Pablo -

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