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Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret
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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: 2013-04-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-04-05 13:18
Viewed: 1956
Points: 14
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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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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6551 W: 89 N: 15640] (65417)
  • [2013-04-05 13:49]

Hi Manyee,the plumage of this egret is really fantastic,what a timing and what a beautiful capture whit fine details,and great contrast whit the green background,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Manyee,
What a striking courtship pose this bird is displaying. The intricate lacy plumage is so beautiful and the bird has such a proud stance.
The plumage seems to be just a tad over exposed in a few spots, but that is always the biggest challenge with predominantly all white subjects.
Hope you don't mind, but I tried to see if I could cut down on exposure in a WS.

Amazing pose Manyee! Impressive photo!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-04-05 23:04]

Beautiful egret with breeding plumage..fine composition, yes Ron is right and his WS is good too. tfs.

鳥很可愛 好像跳舞一樣

Hello Manyee
Fantastic pose You caught.Wonderful colours and contrast.Excellent sharpness.Thank You
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

good image with good details and nice colors.


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