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Flying Angel
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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 800mm f5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 2, aquatic birds! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-10 23:18
Viewed: 4536
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,
Thank you for your critiques on my previous post.
This photo was taken at first day 2010 near Riva River.
I think fishes and froges are not agree with the title but Azreal is also an angel:)
Have a great week and thanks for looking!

Great Egret
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Great Egret
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Subclass: Neornithes
Infraclass: Neognathae
Superorder: Neoaves
Order: Ciconiiformes (disputed)
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: A. alb
Binomial name
Ardea alba
Casmerodius albus
Egretta alba
The Great Egret (Ardea alba), also known as the Great White Egret or Common Egret or (now not in use) Great White Heron,and called kōtuku in New Zealand, is a large egret. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, in southern Europe and Asia it is rather localized. In North America it is more widely distributed ubquitously across the sun belt states in the Unites States. It is sometimes confused with the Great White Heron in Florida, which is a white morph of the closely related Great Blue Heron (A. herodias). Note however that the name Great White Heron has occasionally been used to refer to the Great Egret.
1 Description
2 Systematics and taxonomy
2.1 Subspecies
3 Ecology and status
4 Food

The Great Egret is a large bird with all-white plumage that can reach one meter in height and weigh up to 950 grams (2.1 lb). It is thus only slightly smaller than the Great Blue or Grey Heron (A. cinerea). Apart from size, the Great Egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet, though the bill may become darker and the lower legs lighter in the breeding season. In breeding plumage, delicate ornamental feathers are borne on the back. Males and females are identical in appearance; juveniles look like non-breeding adults.
In flightIt has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes, ibises and spoonbills, which extend their necks in flight
The Great Egret is not normally a vocal bird; at breeding colonies, however, it often gives a loud croaking cuk cuk cuk.

Systematics and taxonomy
Like all egrets, it is a member of the heron family, Ardeidae. Traditionally classified with the storks in the Ciconiiformes, the Ardeidae now, under the International Ornithological Congress, are closer relatives of pelicans and belong in the Pelecaniformes instead. The Great Egret – unlike the typical egrets – does not belong to the genus Egretta but together with the great herons is today placed in Ardea. In the past, however, it was sometimes placed in Egretta or separated in a monotypic genus Casmerodius.

There were four subspecies in various parts of the world, which differ but little. Differences are bare part coloration in the breeding season and size; the largest A. a. modesta from Asia and Australasia is now considered a full species, the Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta). The remaining three subspecies are:

Ardea alba alba from Europe
Ardea alba egretta from Americas
Ardea alba melanorhynchos from Africa
Ecology and status

Parent on nest in a tree with chicks at Morro Bay, California, USA.The Great Egret is partially migratory, with northern hemisphere birds moving south from areas with cold winters. It breeds in colonies in trees close to large lakes with reed beds or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.
Although generally a very successful species with a large and expanding range, the Great Egret is highly endangered in New Zealand, with only one breeding site at Okarito Lagoon.In North America, large numbers of Great Egrets were killed around the end of the 19th century so that their plumes could be used to decorate hats. Numbers have since recovered as a result of conservation measures. Its range has expanded as far north as southern Canada. However, in some parts of the southern United States, its numbers have declined due to habitat loss. Nevertheless, it adapts well to human habitation and can be readily seen near wetlands and bodies of water in urban and suburban areas. In 1953 the Great Egret in flight was chosen as the symbol of the National Audubon Society, which was formed in part to prevent the killing of birds for their feathers.
They are Protected in Australia under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974.
The Great Egret is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Spearing a fishThe Great Egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small birds and reptiles, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It is a common species, usually easily seen.
Though it might appear that they feed on the parasites off buffalos, they actually feed on leaf hoppers, grass hoppers and other insects which are stirred open as buffalos move about in water.

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  • Great 
  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-10 23:21]

Günaydın Ömer bey. Uçan melek adı çok yakışmış bu büyük beyza balıkçıla. Elinize sağlık. Harika zamanlama olmuş.

Omer bey harika foto. Ucmayi dondurmussunuz havada. Uc boyutlu gibi durmus. Emeginize saglik.

hello Omer,
a beautiful scene with the reed thicket as background, the pose in flight is impressive with the feathers they reveal all their details, very good white balance, attribution of colors focus and clarity, it's a great shot and photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Omer bey ucan melegi cok guzel cekmissiniz... Derinlik hissi cok etkileyici olmus... elinize saglik...

Ciao Omer, beautiful Great Egret in fantastic Fly, splendid capture with superb sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio

Günaydın Dostum, Muhteşem pozlama! f/5.6 ile muhteşem bir derinlik etkisi yaratmışsın. Detaylar ve kompozisyon da 1 numara! Eline ve emeğine sağlık.
Keyifli bir yeni hafta dileklerimle.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-01-11 1:19]

Ömer bey selamlar,
Estetik ...
Kompozisyon ve detaylar mükemmel güzellikte.
Emeklerinize sağlık.

  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-11 1:49]

Hello Omer
Excellent in flight capture of this egret.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Omer
You have nice action shot here captured with good quality.

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-11 2:21]

Hello Omer,
Very nice photo of this Great Egret in flight. Excellent timing, sharpness and composition. Good POV, BG and contrasts.

Ömer bey muhteşem bir uçar karesi. Emeğinize sağlık.

  • Great 
  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-01-11 3:50]

Ömer Bey merhaba,
Bu güzel Beyaz heronu uçarken çok iyi bir zamanlama ile harika görüntülemişsiniz.Tam da belirttiğiniz gibi:"Uçan Melek".Renkler,netlik ve alan derinliği harika.Emeklerinize sağlık.
Bi slavên germ

Hallo Omer
Great shot of this Great Egret in flight. You have captured details like the yellow beak, the longish neck, the impressive and beautiful wings and especially the eye well. I like the suppleness of the bird that is well seen in the image and displays really beautiful. It was indeed a great pleasure stopping by such a charming bird. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Ps. I also want to compliment you on your notes that are always well detailed and presented.

Ciao Omer. An imponent flying dynamic capture. beuatifucl colours and light. Excellent compo.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-11 5:32]

Merhaba Omer,
superbs presentation. Thge elegence is well seen with ecellent colours. I like the brown background. The effect is stunning- white aginst brown. Very sharp nd clear indeed.


hello Omer

an excellent in-flight shot of the Great Egret, with fine POV
and framing, superb focus sharpness and details of the bird in-flight,
i love the way the background is blurred with showing details
of the natural habitat, excellent management of your camera
to obtain details of the white plumage, TFS


  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-11 6:38]

Merhaba Ömer,
A well timed in-flight shot of the great White Egret taken from a nice POV with fine sharpness and colours. Nice composition too.
It looks like you had to clone the reed BG on the left but the result is OK.
Thanks and have a good week,

Hello Omer,
Great shot with very sharp details and exceptional colours. Beautiful Great Egret in flight. Fantastic contrast between the reed environment as background and the Great Egret.
Lovely composition.

  • Great 
  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-11 8:24]

What a great capture this wonderful egret!
Details are so sharp and colors are fantastic!

Hi Omer,
A picture quite well accomplished! impressive "Freezing" of action flight, just when the wings placed in a beautiful form. The details are very good and light may be the most interesting point of this photo, is supreme! very sober and elegant! Excellent depth and a beautiful composition division of dry grass in low and the dark background in the upper. A great atmosphere! and also (in case we seem little)whith an excellent documentation!
Good to see this kind of work done with great care!
Greetings and thanks for sharing.

Ömer bey süper. Uçuşu hava dondurmuşsunuz. Elinize sağlık.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-11 11:27]

Hello Omer,
excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely bird nice pov and bg with superb colours. Well done . Best regards Siggi

Merhaba Omer,
it's amazing - this moment is spectacular, we can see every detail of the wings - and it is flying, how in hell can you capture this moment in such excellent sharpness?
I'm impressed, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Merhaba Omer,

An excellent in-flight capture with fine colors, sharpness & timing. Very well taken, composed & presented. TFS & salam.


Beautiful inflight capture. Exposure worked out very well. What did you clone out of the picture? Nicely done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-11 15:46]

Hi Omer,

I knew this was yours before I read the name! There is always something very special about your pictures. This Great Egret is beautiful with the wings in such a graceful position. Excellent whites and super fine details of the face, eye, and feathers. He really does look like and angel flying over the reeds.


merhaba Ömer Bey,
merakla beklediğim yeni fotoğrafınız yine Riva'dan. pek boş çevirmiyor sanırım ziyaret edenleri. son İstanbul gezimizde birkaç saatliğine de olsa Hami Beyle ziyaret ettik Rivayı. tür açısından pek zengin bir gününde değilse de, evcil gibi poz veren Şahin bile yetti bizim için.
bu güzel karenize söz söylemeye kalmadan epeyce uzatmışım mesajı:)
netliğinden, beyaz ayarına, açısından, zamanlamasına ve doğal habitatlı fonuna kadar yine enfes bir parça. elinize sağlık.
sonraki kareyi de merakla bekleyeceğim.
iyi geceler, saygı ve selamlar.

Hello Omer,

another nice inflight image from you with good pov and details.
Fine colours.


Ömer bey, oldukça dinamik ve harika bir balıkçık fotoğrafı.
Derinlik gerçekten çok etkileyici.
Emeğinize sağlık. Saygılarımla,

  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-12 0:41]

Hi Omer

Excellent timing and exposure on this egret - a great composition.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-12 1:20]

Hello Omer,
A very elegant angel too! I just wonder how you succeed to make a such a pin sharp picture with a flying bird. Very beautiful color-contrast and excellent decentred composition. Again a most beautiful picture.
Kind regards

Hello Omer,
Excellent inflight shot taken at a low level POV.Good feather details and position of the wing.. The neutral brown background provides a good contrast to the white egret.
Thanks and Regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-12 8:47]

Hi Omer,this pic is simply fantastic.What a incredible sharpness,the bird seem still....just my best compliments,this is a very professional work.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

beautiful and majestic, TFS Ori

Merhaba Omer,
This bird brings me back a lot of memories back in my country, I used a photo of it to commemorate my first year here in TN.
Excellent focus and total control on the whites.
Congratulations and thanks for share.

Independientemente de esa extraordinaria lente que usabas, hay que tener habilidad para captar con esa delicadeza y eficacia al ave en vuelo.
El apartado de los colores y sus contrastes también es destacable en esta fotografía, así como la luz: enhorabuena Omer!!
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Omer
what a great in-flight shot of this Great Egret, each detail on the bird is very sharp, i ike the contrast against the brown BG, superb management of the colors and especially of the white plumage
Have a good night

Merhaba Ömer bey,
Fantastic capture of the fly ing heron with excellent timing - as always from You, because You're the master of capturing moving birds. Great composition, and cloning of the garbage was a good idea, too. I didn't realize You cloned anything out before reading Your reply to Paul. Awesome work. Bravo.
Friendly regards from Hungary, László

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-31 6:54]

Hello Omer,
What an outstanding in flight image tack sharp and superbly exposed. This is a real treat Omer, thank you.

Hi Omer.

What a beautiful title complementing well with this graceful shot. Nice framing and tack sharp focus.

Well done and TFS.
Best regards.

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