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Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-07 6:33
Viewed: 3368
Points: 44
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Cattle Egret - Bulbulcus ibis

A look into my archives and I found this Egret that was captured in the beautiful wetlands of s´Albufera on Mallorca a couple of years ago. It was the first time I’d seen this bird in beautiful breeding plumage.

The Cattle Egret is a stocky heron with a 88–96 cm (35–38 in) wingspan; it is 46–56 centimetres (18–22 in) long. It has a relatively short thick neck, sturdy bill, and a hunched posture. The non-breeding adult has mainly white plumage, a yellow bill and greyish-yellow legs. During the breeding season, adults of the nominate western subspecies develop orange-buff plumes on the back, breast and crown, and the bill, legs and irises become bright red for a brief period prior to pairing. The sexes are similar, but the male is marginally larger and has slightly longer breeding plumes than the female; juvenile birds lack coloured plumes and have a black bill.

The Cattle Egret was first described in 1758 by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae as Ardea ibis, but was moved to its current genus by Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1855. Its genus name Bubulcus is Latin for herdsman, referring, like the English name, to this species' association with cattle. Ibis is a Latin and Greek word which originally referred to another white wading bird, the Sacred Ibis. (Extract from Wikipedia)

This was taken from a hide and at a distance of about 15 metres. It has been cropped and sharpened. You can see another view of this bird in he WORKSHOP.

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Ciao Ulla, lovely Cattle Egret in nice pose, beautiful natural, ambientation, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Ulla

excellent photos of the Cattle Egret with fine
POVs and framing, from the 2 shots i love more
the one of the WS because of the walking movement,
beautiful light, excellent focus sharpness details,



Hallo Ulla.
a very beautiful picture of the Cattle Egret taken from an excellent POV in a beautiful pose with a splendid summer plumage, fine detail, a very nice composition with a beautiful natural environment
Best regards

hello Ulla
very nice moment in the waterside
good details and nice naturel colours
nice pose with the red eyes
the workshop picture is very good
greeting lou

Hello Ulla,
Splendid capture with excellent focus and very nice clarity.
Outstanding composition with great details and amazing good contrast.
Lovely image and excellent low POV.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-07 8:54]

Hi Ulla,how is nice and elegant thie egret!Beautiful hair,and beautiful pic too whit an impressive sharpness and nice composition.I like it!Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-07 9:08]

Hello Ulla
Nice capture of this rare specie in my country and that I never seen.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Ulla.
What a beautiful picture of cattle egret. Great sharpness, nice natural colours.
Well done,
thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Ulla. Great capture today with very good DOF and sharp. I like the vertical.


Hello Ulla,
Very beautiful composition of the bird and the surrounding habitat; lovely colours and good sharpness. Best wishes, Pambos

Scatto eccelente con colori reali ottima la composizione come la nitidezza. Molto molto bella.
Ciao Marco.

Precioso trabajo Ulla !
de inicio ya me gusta la pose del ave, que a pesar de estar de espaldas al
objetivo, no es motivo para que no puedan apreciarse perfectamente las características del ave.
El contraste ave-fondo es realmete bello y efectivo y esos tonos rojos del pico dan mucha vida
al conjunto.
Buen encuadre. Una manera interesante de presentarnos un ave... Mallorquina además.
- Yo viví parte de mi juventud en Ibiza y en Mallorca; guardo de allí grandes recuerdos,
sobre todo de la costa Este de Mallorca. Viví en Santany, Felanitx y Alqueria Blanca :-)

Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-07 22:46]

Hi Ulla,
Very good photo of this Cattle Rgret in breeding plumage, i never see this species by us, TFS!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-08 0:44]

Hello Ulla,
Very nice photo of this Cattle Egret in breeding plumage. You waited for the right moment when there was eye contact. Beautiful colours and excellent sharpness. Good choice of composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-08 6:43]

Hi Ulla.
I could not say what image is better. Both are simply amazing especially fantastic reproduction of their splendid feathers. Poses of the bird at both pictures are fine too. Details cannot be better too. You have a brilliant camera and brilliant hands. Well done and have a nice weekend.

Hi Ulla
Beautiful photo. with good composition and wonderful colours.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-01-08 8:02]

Lovely image, Ulla.

Indeed, it is rare to see this egret in this elegant plumage. I love the pose of the bird.

Thanks you for digging this out of your archives. Enjoy the weekend,


Hello Ulla,
Wow!... Nice egret and shoted in very eloquent pose. Well done!... Correctly exposure level here.
Regards, TFS

Hello Ulla,

an nice image from your archive.
Good pov and sharpness and i like the reflections in the water.
Fine colors.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-10 3:00]

Hello Ulla,
very beautiful indeed. The colours are so lovely and well defined details.
Very classical presentation and with grasses so pretty as well.
I like its little glance to give a good pose.


hello Ulla
very nice capture of pretty Cattle Egret in breeding plumage, with reddish eye iris and beak. I also like it very much, especially ones with cream colored head and dorsum. focus, colors and white balance very nice. WS post is also very nice. it looked for some edible thing among herbs.
nicely composed and presented.
thanks for sharing. have a nice new week.

Hello Ulla,

Wow! This fellow really put on the mean look, probably not so fond of photographers..!
But the capture was successful anyway, perfect details in the plumage and the shining white feathers are well exposed...
An interesting effect as the bird is looking over the shoulder like this!

Pablo -

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