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Great Egret

Great Egret
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-07 5:00
Viewed: 3820
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Here's a Great Egret, it may be not the best of shots but I still like it because of the transparency of the feathers and the pose of the bird. It's also a lifer for me.

A large white heron, the Great Egret is found across much of the world, from southern Canada southward to Argentina, and in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. It's the largest egret in the Old World, and thus has garnered the name Great White Egret. But in the Americas, the white form of the Great Blue Heron is larger and warrants that name. In the United States, the Great Egret used to be called the American Egret but that was hardly appropriate, since the species range extends beyond America and indeed farther than other herons.
Large, all white heron.
Long, black legs and feet.
Yellow bill is long, stout, and straight.
Flies with neck pulled back in S-curve.
Size: 94-104 cm (37-41 in)
Wingspan: 131-145 cm (52-57 in)
Weight: 1000 g (35.3 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes appear alike.
A deep croak when disturbed. Other low calls around nest.
Conservation Status
Plume hunters in the late 1800s and early 1900s reduced North American populations by more than 95 percent. The populations recovered after the birds were protected by law. No population is considered threatened, but the species is vulnerable to the loss of wetlands.
Other Names
Grande Aigrette (French)
Garza blanca, Garza grande, Garza real (Spanish)
Great White Egret (British) (English)
Cool Facts
The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Audubon was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.
Not all young that hatch survive the nestling period. Aggression among nestlings is common and large chicks frequently kill their smaller siblings.
The longevity record for a wild Great Egret is nearly 23 years.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-07 5:10]

Hello Mario,
Very good shot! I really like how the back lighting highlights the spread wings with such detail. Beautiful color and sharp detail.
Best regards Siggi

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-07 5:26]

Nice wings display,good compositIon and POV.

A beautiful landing Egret capture Mario in a perfectly frozen exposure, which reveals the salient plumage and form characteristics of this beautiful, white heron perfectly. Even alula feathers are discernible, good work indeed!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-07 6:39]

Hello Mario,
A fine capture of a Great White Egret about to land. As you say the lighting through the wings is the best feature here, but the POV, sharpness and composition are also very good.
TFS this beauty,

I wonder....did you buy Painstshop Pro? what PP program did you use to get the center and OOF? It comes with PSP...and it works here taking out the totally same background slowly. good notion on savaging!

salut Mario

une excellente image du Grande Aigrette à l'attérissage,
comme tu le dit ce n'ai peut-être pas la plus belle de tes
photos mais j'aime beaucoup ce genre de photo prise sur le vif,



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-07 10:04]

Hello Mario,
Have to go to a meeting. Don't have time.
Fantastic photo.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-07 10:51]

Hi Mario,

That is quite a pose with the beautiful wings and tail feathers spread wide open. Details, colors and shadings are superb. He seems to be dancing on the grass. Was he putting this show on for you or was there a lady Egret around? Congratulations on this excellent and most unique shot.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-07 11:58]

Ooooooh Mario,mais quelle beaute'!!!! Le moment de la capture et la position de la lumiere sont fantastiques!!!Une des plus aigrette de la saison de TN,mes plus gros compliments,Luciano

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-07 12:31]

Hi Mario. I like the way you have captured this Egret with its wing open. They look good with the light behind them Good detai land natural colours.with interesting notes . wel ldone TFS.

Hi Mario,

Excellent capture of this Great Egret, the backlight coming though the wings is just stunning, what a disply, real nice work,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-10-11 13:55]

Bonjour Mario, c'est un atterrissage réussi!! la transparence du plumage des ailes avec ce contre jour donne beaucoup de charme et de légèreté à cette photo. Mes félicitations, Didier.

Bonsoir Mario,

La grande aigrette aux ailes déployées est impressionnante. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. L'image est claire et précise. La lumière fait ressoirtir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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