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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: 2006-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-21 21:37
Viewed: 4293
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These egrets are truly beautiful birds, especially with their breeding plumage on. I caught this one admiring himself. : )

Great Egret
Ardea alba

Grande Aigrette (French)
Garza blanca, Garza grande, Garza real (Spanish)
Great White Egret (British) (English)

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. But in the Americas, the white form of the Great Blue Heron is larger and warrants that name. In the United States, the Great Egret used to be called the American Egret but that was hardly appropriate, since the species range extends beyond America and indeed farther than other herons.

Large, all white heron.
Long, black legs and feet.
Yellow bill is long, stout, and straight.
Flies with neck pulled back in S-curve.
Size: 94-104 cm (37-41 in)
Wingspan: 131-145 cm (52-57 in)
Weight: 1000 g (35.3 ounces)

A deep croak when disturbed. Other low calls around nest.

Conservation Status:
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.

Cool Facts
The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Audubon was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.
Not all young that hatch survive the nestling period. Aggression among nestlings is common and large chicks frequently kill their smaller siblings.
The longevity record for a wild Great Egret is nearly 23 years.


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  • Great 
  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-05-21 21:50]

Manyee, you captured this one well. Nice pose, DOF, fine photograph.


Hi Manyee,
An excellent shot on this Great Egret. Beautiful anytime, but in thir breeding plumage they really are amazing. Excellent exposure. Colors and detail in the plumage ae superb. Nice shot!


Une très belle image, l'exposition du blanc est très bien maitrisé et l'oiseau est bien mis en évidence avec cet arrière-plan bleu gris.

Bien rendu, Bravo !

Gorgeous! A picture to be proud of. Good note too.

Hi Manyee

Why so few points? I do not understand! This is a brilliant shot. Lovely pose. Good management of the white plumage, excellent depth of blue to the water. Top marks... well done!

amazing clear shot, manyee! :-)
excellent pose and composition,
wonderful details, especially on the plumage
and a great contrast between the white heron
and the dark water.
well seen & captured, thor.

Hi Manyee, great pic of this egret in breeding plumage. They're wonderfull in this season and you caught it well.
Good exposure and white balance.

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-22 1:59]
  • [+]

SUPERB ! The shot is superb ! The composition is simple and smart. The exposure of white is great and the contrast on dark blue is powerful. Excellent sharpness. Interesting complementary note... BRAVO my friend and thanks for sharing this BEAUTY.

Hi Manyee!
Excellent photo. I know how hard is to capture so white bird. You did it very well. Exposure is perfect, BG is perfect too.
Beautiful bird.

  • Great 
  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-05-22 4:27]

Hello Manyee, well caught this beautiful Egret, always you caught this one very well. Great sharpness and BG. I like this superb white plumage and so gracious attitude of the bird. Best regards, Didier.

  • Great 
  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-05-22 5:21]

Hi Manyee,

Great contrasts in this egret! I like the combination of dark blue and white. The photo is very sharp. Well done.


Hi Manyee,
Very nice shot! Perfect exposure and great details, great background.
Thanks for sharing

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-22 7:50]


Félicitations pour cette belle composition. Le contraste est superbe et fait bien ressortir l'oiseau. Bravo pour l'éclairag,l'exposition,les couleurs et la netteté.

Merci pour l'envoie.


Fantastic exposure and colours - what a lovely shot!

  • Great 
  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-05-22 11:38]

great picture - and interesting note. i lik ethe contrast between the whites and dark colours in the picture, but feel that it may be a touch too tight on the crop...



  • Great 
  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-05-22 13:37]

Hi Manyee,
Excellent Egret capture.
Excellent pov,colors,bg,focus,dof,sharpness,note and frame.Well Done.TFS

Wow Manyee, this a fantastically beautiful picture. Excellent game with lighting and colours. I love your picture. I think this is one of your best. As usual an excellent note too. This is a suberb presentation from you. Thank you my friend.

  • Great 
  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-05-22 18:35]

Excellent capture - the expression and everything is spot on.
Regards, Krzysztof.

Hi Manyee,
Top shot! Love the timing and that contrast of white against the blue.

Salut Manyee
Superbe de photo de cette jolie aigrette après chercher son repas, les couleurs sont ravissantes les détails sont très bien définis au niveau du plumage et très beau cadrage.
Bravo et a la prochaine....JP

Hello Manyee,
Lovely shot! These is truly beauytiful creature. It has a superb plumage.
The picture has very good details and lighting. I like the pose you've captured it in, too.

  • Great 
  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-05-25 18:14]

WOW what a beauty, perfectly presented with the blue sky refelcted in the waves. Beautiful colours. Composition works well, inviting the eye to wander around and linger at the important points, nicely balanced. Very apt title too.

  • Great 
  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-05-28 2:43]

very beautiful shot of Great White Egret...
nicely exposed...
the composition and the colors are great...

well done manyee...
I like it...

Beautiful indeed, Manyee. As usual, sharp (and not oversharpened!), well composed and great colours. The water gives a good contrast and depth to this image and with its pattern adds to its beauty.

I am amazed at the quality of the photos you get out of that little camera! What's your secret? Smile, you don't have to tell us!

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