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Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-10 14:30
Viewed: 4046
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
I taking this photo during my vacation at the San Salvador in the center América This is a beautiful contry

Snowy Egret
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Snowy Egret

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Subclass: Neornithes

Infraclass: Neognathae

Superorder: Neoaves

Order: Ciconiiformes

Family: Ardeidae

Genus: Egretta

Species: E. thula

Binomial name
Egretta thula
(Molina, 1782)
Leucophoyx thula

The Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) is a small white heron. It is the American counterpart to the very similar Old World Little Egret, which has established a foothold in the Bahamas.

Adults are typically 61 cm long and weigh 375 g. They have a slim black bill and long black legs with yellow feet. The area of the upper bill, in front of the eyes, is yellow but turns red during the breeding season, when the adults also gain recurved plumes on the back, making for a "shaggy" effect. The juvenile looks similar to the adult, but the base of the bill is paler, and a green or yellow line runs down the back of the legs.

Winter plumage, showing leg and foot color; Lk. Jackson, Florida.
Winter plumage
Profile view
Sitting on roofTheir breeding habitat is large inland and coastal wetlands from the lower Great Lakes and southwestern United States to South America. The breeding range in eastern North America extends along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts from Maine to Texas, and inland along major rivers and lakes. They nest in colonies, often with other waders, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. Their flat, shallow nests are made of sticks and lined with fine twigs and rushes. Three to four greenish-blue, oval eggs are incubated by both adults. The young leave the nest in 20 to 25 days and hop about on branches near the nest before finally departing.

In warmer locations, some Snowy Egret are permanent residents; northern populations migrate to Central America and the West Indies. They may wander north after the breeding season, very rarely venturing to western Europe—the first bird sighted in Britain wintered in Scotland from 2001–2002.

The birds eat fish, crustaceans, and insects. They stalk prey in shallow water, often running or shuffling their feet, flushing prey into view, as well "dip-fishing" by flying with their feet just over the water. Snowy Egrets may also stand still and wait to ambush prey, or hunt for insects stirred up by domestic animals in open fields.

At one time, the beautiful plumes of the Snowy Egret were in great demand by market hunters as decorations for women's hats. This reduced the population of the species to dangerously low levels.

Now it is protected by law, under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, this bird's population has rebounded.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-03-10 14:39]

Very curious bird, white I did not it see yet

Bonsoir Jean-Paul,

L'aigrette neigeuse sur ce rocher est impressionnante. Lew sujet est bien cadré. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. La photo est claire et précise. Ta note a beaucoup d'informations. Bonne soirée.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-10 14:51]

Salut Jean-Paul
Jolie présentation.Bon PDV et image bien en focus.La lumiere et les couleurs sont tres bonne.
Merci Michel

Hola Jeanpaul.
Una interesante nota para ilustrar esta imagen.
Buenos detalles en una extraña ave.
Saludos, Jl.

Salut Jeanpaul,
A very elegant pose of this egret.
I like the way it stands out from the dark surroundings.
Different shapes and forms of the stones made an appealing composition.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

bonjour Jean-Paul

belle image de cette aigrette posée sur des rochers au bords de l'eau,
excellent POV, belle luminosité de l'image, excellente netteté
et détails de l'image, TFS


Bonjour JeanPaul,
Delighted to see your beautiful posting once again!
good pov to capture the snowy Egret with perfect clarity, good colour and details in the shot
well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-10 21:30]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Wonderful shot of this lonely Snowy Egret and I like this natural setting and environment. Very impressive sharpness and colours with fine natural lighting and exposure. You have captured a fabulous pose here. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-11 5:41]

Bonjour Jean Paul,
lovely shot of this Egret.
You captured it in a wonderful pose with an interesting background.
I like the long shadows and the differnt texture in this composition.Very well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-11 8:37]

Hi Jean Paul,

It's nice to see you posting again. The white Egret is very striking posing on the rocks. A wonderful composition with the water below.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-11 9:05]

Hi Jean-Paul.
What a beauty you managed to photograph. I like its elegant pose and brilliant reproduction of all its charming features (despite the long subject distance). Surroundings are very impressive and combine with tender bird perfectly. Lighting and exposure are superb too. Bravo. Excellent job.

Hello JP,
It is nice to see the bird in a wider setting for once!
They are indeed beautiful birds and could be given no other name...
A pleasant composition, well balanced and with fine details!
Pablo -

Hi Jeanpaul,
A wonderful Snowy Egret picture from San Salvador. Nice seeing in natural habitat. Beautiful pov and composition.
PS. I just noticed that the picture was marked as taken in Quebec. Isn't it supposed to be from San Salvador.

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Tu semble avoir fait un super voyage! Cela a dû être impressionnant de voir ce bel oiseau que je n'ai vu qu'en photo. J'aime le fait que l'on voit bien son environnement. Tu a choisis une bonne composition avec une belle exposition. Merci!

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