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Put Your Best Foot Forward

Put Your Best Foot Forward
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Personal Bird Photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-06 0:24
Viewed: 4236
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Originating in the Old World, the Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis,crossed the Atlantic, probably flying from Africa to South America, where this species was first reported in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The birds gradually spread northward through the West Indies and into Florida, then northward and westward. As in the Old World, Cattle Egrets in North America follow large grazing animals to feed on the insects they disturb and can often be seen perched on the backs of livestock. At some airports, especially those near salt marshes, these small herons wait at the edge of runways for passing airplanes to blow insects out of the grass. Unlike other egrets, this species rarely takes fish, although it is known to capture an occasional frog or toad.
Taken at the Columbus Zoo.

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Hi Greg,
A bit rushed this morning, just time for a quick visit.
Well worth a big :)

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-07-06 4:02]

Thsi cute back profile shot !:)..The branch works as natural frame.Lovely shot!


Very well composed pic showing good detail, of a white subject against a dark BG. I like the sharpness, detail of the subject and the POV. TFS,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-06 5:17]

Bonjour Greg!

Félicitations pour cette belle présentation,l'oiseau est superbe et contraste bein avec l'environnement. Bravo pour l'éclairage et la netteté.

Hi Greg

Lovely shot. Very good exposure. Love the pose of your model. Well done. :-)

Hi Greg,
An excellent shot on this Cattle Egret. Perfectly framed in the surrounding branches. Very beautiful and subtle colors from the cloudy day light. Nice sharp detail and the green vegetation makes a great backround. Looks great!

Hello Greg, excllent details, Bg, POV, DOFperfect colors well done, TFS Kyle

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-06 18:57]

Hi Greg,
Great shot. Excellent sharp details with well exposed colours. Good lighting and well composed. Very well done and TFS.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-07 0:15]
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Hi Greg
A stunning capture of this lovely bird which from a distance normally look pretty average, but seeing it this close really shows its striking beauty. I think it is sporting its breeding plumage with that long thin hair like feathers down its back. These are not normally visible on some of the heron family unless they are breeding.
A lovely composition with the surrounding branches framing the bird. The colours are splendid, the dark foliage provide a lovely contrasting BG, the details are tack sharp, and the exposure was perfectly managed showing excellent definition and contrast on the white bird.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-07-09 9:35]

Oh wow! Fabulous shot in so many technical aspects (POV, DOF, contrast BG, etc)and topped off by the superb framing provided by the branches. A real stunner!
Best regards

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