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Great White Egret

Great White Egret
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Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: FinePix HS20EXR
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-02-12 10:21
Viewed: 2231
Points: 17
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It was difficult filming this bird today as the Island was so far away and didn't have my tripod on me. Very windy as the cold front is coming into Florida, a thrill just the same! Will add in workshop what the Island looked like a little bit later, so you can get an idea about the habitat.

The much sought-after plumes of this magnificent creature, were worth twice their weight in gold as a fashion accessory at the turn of the century.

Fledgling Audubon groups fought for legal protection of the birds, eventually leading to the passing of the Audubon Plumage Law and turning public opinion against the wearing of feathers.

The snowy egret, which I thought this was at first, is about two feet in length and has a wingspan of about three feet. It has white feathers, a yellow patch of skin around its eyes, a black bill and black legs with bright yellow feet. In breeding season, it has lacy plumes on its head, neck and back. Males and females look alike. This one had the yellow bill so new it was the Great white instead of the Snowy which i so can't wait to capture next time out!

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To siggi: Thanks Siggi!!drchoneydew 1 02-13 03:07
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
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Hello Brenda.
Excellent closeup capture of this beautiful White Egret, the details show very nicely on the plumage.Best regards Siggi

your nature shot is one think that create a sparks in the heart.
Thanks a lot.

Ciao Brenda. Bit low sharp here. Colours and light are very good.


Hello Brenda
Very nice photo, good sharpness and POV
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Hello Brenda,
An attractive image, especially since you were so far away and didn't use a tripod. These birds are extremely beautiful as you already stated, and because of that they were becoming eradicated for their gorgeous plumage feathers. Well done!!
As you know white subjects are always a challenge when it comes to getting just the right exposure. You faced an even harder problem since this shot was taken on what looks to be a very sunny day.
I did a WS to try to recouperate some of the detail in it's plumage that was lost due to high exposure. I'm not all that pleased with my results, as the photo turned out darker then I would have liked. Hope you don't mind.


What a magnificent image! Well done. The wind certainly improved the image by blowing the plumes a bit. Too bad the beak got behind the twig, but we can't always control the artifacts that get in the way of an otherwise perfect POV. A little difficulty in managing the white (feathers on body somewhat blurrred into "white". I don't know how to advise you to improve that. Hope someone can help you in these critiques. TFS

Have a great week,


I've never seen a bird with such a strange plumage, Brenda! Good day! I am totally hooked with that natural fad which seems to be an admitted thing in certain period of time. Looks like you've used the full power of your zoom lens here. Good...I hope your digital zoom is set to OFF!!! If I have to be critical....Brenda .... I need to admit that you have ignored the highlights here completely....I mean just look at that part of the white plumage where the Sun has spread its rays ... the detail is gone there...Brenda....completely! Well, that was a difficult shot, no doubt about that! But did you took it in RAW? NO ..I guess...then ...the result is not far from catastrophic ...in my opinion! Have a blessed week my friend!
George Veltchev

Hi Brenda,
nice photo of this bird. Excellent point of view. Nice composition.
Have a nice evening,

Excelente composición del conjunto.
Saludos Brenda: J. Ignasi.

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