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Double Trouble

Double Trouble
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-22 2:13
Viewed: 3060
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I went to the Palo Alto Baylands (affectionally known as the "Duck Pond" to check on the egret and night-heron rookery. The place was like a playground at recess. There was a juvenile egret standing on every frond of the palm trees. They fanned out their wings to keep balance on their bobbing perches. They screeched and they made that funny noise they make. They fought with each other. They pushed each other off the fronds. It was a total free-for-all. There was so much energy and exuberance and action.... I could have watched them for hours, except for that horrible stench that seems to be associated with a densely populated colony of birds.
I spied these two juveniles standing still for a few minutes, and I took advantage of their break from rowdiness to snap this picture.

Snowy Egret
Egretta thula

The snowy egret 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.

The snowy egret breeds on the Atlantic Coast, the Pacific Coast and the Gulf Coast. It is also found in some inland areas. It winters from California south to South America on the west coast and from Virginia south to the West Indies on the east coast.

The snowy egret can be found in marshes, swamps, shorelines, mudflats and ponds.

The snowy egret runs after its food. It eats shrimp, minnows and other small fish, crustaceans and frogs. It often feeds in groups.

Life Cycle
The male selects a breeding area. Both the male and female build the nest. The male collects the materials and the female does the constructing. The nest is made of reeds and twigs and is placed in a bush or on the ground. The female lays three to five eggs and both parents share incubation duties. The eggs hatch in about three weeks. Both parents care for the chicks and feed them regurgitated food. The chicks fledge when they are about a month old.

Like other egrets, the snowy egret was once killed for its plumes. Its population was seriously damaged in the 1800's. It has made a recovery and is no longer hunted.


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Hola Manyee, bonta estampa de estos dos jovenzuelos. Un slaudoy TFS.

Josť Luis

Great exposure of all that white plumage ManYee, great detail retention there..
Well composed with good color, "double trouble" is a fitting title..Perhaps "double the trouble" with all that white :)
Have a nice weekend mf.

These two are lovely - again, great capture of the color white.
Wonderful shot - good composition - the two heads side by side, the S-shape of the necks. Lovely. :)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-22 11:08]

Hi Manyee
Excellent capture.Very sharp image with beautiful details in the plumage.BG is also lovely.
TFS Michel

Hi Manyee,
Beautiful portrait, great balance of white
well composed , nice capture TFS best regards/lawhill

Beautiful capture and detail. The light is superb. Well done, Manyee! I posted it to the workshop, to show you a way to deal with the chromatic abberations, that some lenses unfortunately produce. Cheers, Klaus!

It looks like you just got done rubbing balloons on their heads Manyee, this is a comical shot of these beautiful birds. This is also a wonderful shot. :)

I like how you kept them at the side of frame. This is a very good compo! Love the bit of feather up from head.
Nice work Manyee

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-06-24 19:33]
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Hi ManYee

A lovely capture of these two juveniles. One can quite sense that mean streaks, which your notes talk about, in those almost petulant faces. I can imagine the carnage a brood of these egrets can create. These are not small birds and the robust developmental or discovering play of their young obviously cannot be compared to the minor antics of a sparrow chick, for example.

A lovely composition with good balance and proportions. You did well with the exposure levels to contain all that white in the plumage and to bring out the lovely contrasts, especially in the facial areas, with nice light in the eyes. The colour saturation is good and the details are fine. The darkish BG is great to compliment the birds.

Great work and TFS.
Best regards.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-06-25 18:40]

Great shot. This is a great place to practice birding techniques due to the activity there. I love that place. Great for catching birds in flight. :) you did real well in this shot with controling your highlights and getting such a great shot in such harsh lighting. Great job. I think its time to move up and get a DSLR. I think your ready. ;)


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