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Courtship Day

Courtship Day
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2012-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: FinePix HS20EXR, Raynox DCR250
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-15 1:41
Viewed: 2272
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Haven't been free to play with the white balance and shooting with Raw yet. So instead of throwing away all my latest adventure dealt with the frustrating "off" colors by converting to a black and white format. More of an artistic form, not my intent :0)

Great White Egret

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. (Great Blue Heron is larger) Snowy Egret is similar but had a black beak and yellow feet.

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.

Long plumes (aigrettes) held up over back in courtship displays around the nest. Walks slowly, stands and stabs prey with quick lunge of the bill. Have this in video format clip here if you would like to see it. There is a nest to the left of him (our right) where chicks are feeding. It was a surreal moment, an honor to capture.

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Hi Brenda,
in my opinion very nice photo. Great artistic shot! Excellent point of view. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-16 20:34]

Hello Brenda,
Very unique and interesting shot, kind of reminds me of Phyllis Diller in a way:) I have never seen these birds display their tails feathers like this..pretty neat!!
PS.Great video!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-21 6:09]

Hello Brenda,
this is a nice composirion of graphical style. The feathers are really striking and exciting to look at.
Well presented image of a different kind.


Ciao Brenda, great capture of lovely bird in fantastic action, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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