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Casmerodius albus

Casmerodius albus
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-03-19 2:00
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Kurdish name: Masîxwurê mezin

The Great Egret (Ardea alba), also known as the Great White Egret or Common Egret or (now not in use) Great White Heron,[2][3] is a large, widely-distributed egret. 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. 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.

The Great Egret is a large bird with all-white plumage that can reach one meter in height, weigh up to 950 grams (2.1 lb) and a wingspan of 165 to 215 cm (65 to 85 in). 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. It is a common species, usually easily seen.

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.

Like all egrets, it is a member of the heron family, Ardeidae. Traditionally classified with the storks in the Ciconiiformes, the Ardeidae are closer relatives of pelicans and belong in the Pelecaniformes instead. The Great Egret—unlike the typical egrets—does not belong to the genus Egretta but together with the great herons is today placed in Ardea. In the past, however, it was sometimes placed in Egretta or separated in a monotypic genus Casmerodius.

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. It builds a bulky stick nest.

The Great Egret is generally a very successful species with a large and expanding range. In North America, large numbers of Great Egrets were killed around the end of the 19th century so that their plumes could be used to decorate hats. Numbers have since recovered as a result of conservation measures. Its range has expanded as far north as southern Canada. However, in some parts of the southern United States, its numbers have declined due to habitat loss. Nevertheless, it adapts well to human habitation and can be readily seen near wetlands and bodies of water in urban and suburban areas. In 1953 the Great Egret in flight was chosen as the symbol of the National Audubon Society, which was formed in part to prevent the killing of birds for their feathers.[4][5]

The Great Egret is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes (disputed)
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: A. alba
Binomial name
Ardea alba
Linnaeus, 1758

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FANTASTIC work Durzan! This one is truly special capture I think! Impressive composition timing and exposition! perfect white balance and well preserved tones in such a wide color gamut! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-19 2:11]

Hello Durzan.
Superb inflight capture of this egret with fine POV, very nice background colors and good exposure on the white plumage.TFS.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Durzan. Great time! And fantastic contrast against the warm graphic BG. Razor details and perfect DOF too.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-03-19 3:57]

Hello Durzan,
Like an angel..superb bird picture you caught here. Well chosen vertical composition, a perfect mangement of the difficult white color and a very warm background with the little blue patches of the water make this picture a really special one. Bravo!
Have a nice weekend
Kind regards

durzan - a perfect capture of the landing. great pov and the plumage looks awesome. tfs

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-19 4:58]

Hello Dûrzan,
Great photo! Light and colours are are splendid. Fantastic white balance. Lovely warm BG. Excellent sharpness, details and DOF.

Hi Durzan,

A really fabulous action shot you have here, quite remarkable timing and control for a vertical format,

Durzan, there's nothing i can add to the above accolades other than, "ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS",


Great photo Durzan!! The timing, the composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-19 9:24]

Slav Dürzan,
A beautiful capture of a Great White Egret taking off taken with fine sharpness and natural colours with excellent timing and superb contrast against the natural BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

hello Durzan
very good picture with great details nice light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2011-03-19 11:21]

Very well lid bird in this picture! good sharpness on the Heron and beautifull colours. You could perhaps crop te top of the picture to get a more calm composition.. Well done!


Slav Durzan,
what a fantastic capture of the Great Egret, perfect focusing and superb sharpness, very beautiful colours and warm lighting, a very nice visual impact
Best regards

Hi Durzan
what a nice landing! Perfect point of view. Excellent sharpness. I like these natural colours.
Thanks for sharing.

Selamlar hocam,
Hareketli bir sahne ama mükemmel bir fotoğraf olmuş.
Elinize sağlık.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-19 16:19]

Hi Durzan,just my greats compliments,this is one of your best pic and one of the most spectacular in-flight egret never seen on TN...The magic light of the moment and the magnificent composition need a great standing ovation!My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Very elegant capture with beautiful lighting!

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