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Ardea alba

Ardea alba
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of PERU [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-17 3:05
Viewed: 6193
Points: 46
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Great Egret
Ardea alba

*The Great Egret Ardea alba, also known as the Great White Egret, or Common Egret, is a wading egret, found in most of the tropical and warmer temperate parts of the world, although it is very local in southern Europe and Asia. It is called Kōtuku in New Zealand. It is sometimes confused with the Great White Heron in Florida, which is a white morph of the Great Blue Heron.

The Great Egret is a large bird with all white plumage that can reach 101 cm in height and weigh up to 950 g. It is only slightly smaller than the Great Blue or Grey Herons. Apart from size, the Great Egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet. It also has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks.

The Great Egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, spearing fish, frogs or insects with its long, sharp bill. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It is a common species, usually easily seen.

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. The call at breeding colonies is a loud croaking "cuk cuk cuk".
(*Source: Wikipedia)

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Hello Selen! Amazing scene. Wonderful background. Original composition. Nice natural light and colours. Good focus, very good sharp. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-17 3:36]

Hello Selen,
Beautiful capture of Great White Egret.Details and pose of bird are perfect.
Thanks for posting.Best regards Siggi

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-17 6:02]

Selen hanım selamlar,
Başarılı bir an fotografı...
Alan derinliği güzel kullanılmış.
Soft renk ve netliği çok şık.
Emeğinize sağlık.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-04-17 6:10]

Hi Selen
Nice composition.I like that low POV.Sahrp image and great pose.Nice plumage detail also.Very interesting text.
TFS Michel

Merhaba Selen, splendid focus on elegant great egret in wonderful pose, fantastic details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Selen,
Great capture of this beautiful egret with excellent timing, details & sharpness & superb light effect over plumage. TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-17 6:30]

Hello Selen,
Beautiful photo of this egret in a wonderful pose. Excellent sharpness and splendid natural colours. Great composition and low POV. Beautiful surroundings.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-17 7:39]

Hello Selen,
Nice action shot of a great white wegret about to take off. the fron wing position is great and taken from a fine POV with excellent sharpness. I like the BG with the OOF egrets.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Selen
Beautiful capture!
I love the soft colours and sharp clarity. The Egrets in the background create more interest in your composition. Well done.
TFS Janice

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-17 8:27]

Hi Selen.
What an elegant shot of the beautiful scene and bird. First of all I am impressed with soft lighting and very delicate and wonderful colour palette. Nearest egret is captured at amazing pose and with fantastic exposure and nice details. Other birds on a BG are excellent decorates the scene at whole as well as tall grass an mirror of the lake. Bravo. Perfect art work.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-17 8:31]

Hello Selen
Nice capture. I like colors and details.

very nice ... with the figure of slender but elegant Great Egret and the background
with the white blurry figures of other birds
well seen Selen!!

compliments sERGIO

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-17 11:22]

Hi Selen. Nice to see a picture from you. You have taken The Great Egret in a fine pose with its wings open. You have taken the wings with fine detail and just the right exposure on the white feathers. A good POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

Merhaba ve Günaydınlar Selan Hanım, yeniden TN de aktif olduğunuz görmek güzel. Blıkçılı çok da güzel biranında yakalamışsınız. Yelpaze şeklinde açılmış kanatlar, arka fonddaki yandaşlar harika bitrr bütünlük oluşturmuş.
Elinize sağlık. İyi hafta sonları dileklerimle.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-04-19 19:37]

Excellent capture Selen!!
Love the full open winged pose and the wonderful detail. The egrets in the BG. remind me of white exclamation points saying great job!! Perfect exposure with very natural colors!!! TFS.

hello Selen
good glance, very beautiful moment and marvellously photo

merhaba Selen Hanım,
Perudan bir başka kare gönderdiğinize sevindim. inşallah bu yıl da tropiklerden yeni karelerinizi görürüz.
balıkçılı harika bir zamanlama ile nefis görüntülemişsiniz, pozlandırması, diğer balıkçıllarla süslenmiş fonu, netliği, kadrajı çok güzel olmuş. elinize sağlık, selamlar.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-04-22 8:46]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Çok güzel,sanatsal bir çalışma olmuş.
Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

Hello Selen,

Wow! What a fantastic shot!!! The exposition is greatly mastered and the pov and composition are awesome! The fact of seing others Great Egret at the bg brings depths at the picture and let us see that they can be gregarious. The presence of the water brings another nice environmental element to the picture!

Great shot!



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-06 21:53]

Hello Selen,
Lovely capture of this Egret just about to take off and showing its beautiful wings. Great focus and sharpness and nice natural colours. There seem to be plenty of them in the backround too - what a lovely sight it must have been!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hello Selen,
a very beautiful capture of the Great White Egret taken with superb sharpness and good timing, bright colours, i like the nice composition with the OOF birds.
Best regards

Witaj Selen!
Original composition. Details and pose of bird are perfect. Excellent sharpness and splendid natural colours.
Very interesting text.
Gratulacje i pozdrowienia - Roma

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-16 14:27]

Hola Selen,
hermosa captura,
detalles y buen foco,
color y encuadre...
saludos amiga.

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