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Nesting Time!

Nesting Time!
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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: 2006-04-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-19 4:09
Viewed: 3450
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
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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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Hello Manyee,
What a beautiful, polite lady you captured. Great pov! Framing, sharpness, pose of the egret are wonderful! Thank you...

Great shot and interesting moment captured.
Well white balanced,
Good composition.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-19 6:29]

Hi Manyee
Very cool capture of this bird in its breeding plumage and colours. I like the delicate way the bird seems to handle the twig, obviously collecting nest building material.
The dark colour of the water in the BG enhances the bird and makes it stand out in the composition. The colours are stunning and the FOF is excellent. The exposure is near perfect with amazing contrast on the whites.
Good work and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-19 6:42]

Hello Manyee!
I dont know is it famale but seems wearing a wedding dress:)
Details on white feathers,moment you caught,falling waterdrops,framing and composition are excellent.
Thanks for sharing this beauty...:-)

Hi Manyee, excellent photo. Everthing is perfect, the photo is so crisp, excellent lighting and exposure, exllent work. TFS Kyle

Lovely capture Manyee,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV, notes and framing.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-19 21:43]

So sharp Manyee ! Well composed and shot just at the right time. Very well done again ! Thanks.


Hi ManYee,
Very nice shot.
Well exposed whites, with very good sharpness, detail, and DOF. I like the POV and pose, as the egret gathers nesting material..down to the drops running off the end of the branch :)
Well done!

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-04-21 15:05]

Privet Manyee.
Pose of model, composition and quality of a photo - the most maximum estimations. Droplets from a stick flow down - an alive photo.

This is absolute perfection. It has to be one of the best images on this site. Perfectly composed, sharp as can be, exquisite patterns in the water as a background. As a bonus - the drops of water off the stick!!

Classy sharpness and a wonderful composition. Very well captured. Nice work, Manyee.

Now this is a nice Egret shot. Very very informative note and very useful too.

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