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Old Aug 29, 2009, 8:41 PM   #1
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Old Aug 29, 2009, 10:07 PM   #2
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More fine pictures! I have never seen a Snowy Egret like #2 & #4. Is that breading plumage or the effect of wind? The BIF shots are great!

It amazes me that the birds can fish with such a concentration of Duckweed on the surface. It also amazes me that they stay so clean. Up here in New England they are walking around on mud flats and seem never to get soiled.

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Nice, Ed. The combo seems to be working well for you.

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I have never seen a Snowy Egret like #2 & #4. Is that breading plumage or the effect of wind?
The plumes are left over from the last breeding season. For the full breeding plumage, take a look at this two year old thread: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...okery-part.htm

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This is because of a special type of feathers that egrets and herons have, called powder down feathers. Powder downs are a modified form of down feathers that fragment into a fine powder that serves as a type of dry lubrication, when the bird preens itself. They do not use oil like most other birds do, as it would stick the plumes together. This powder absorbs and sheds soil in the same way that talcum powder does on soiled clothing.
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Nice pix Ed, looks like they are trying to learn how to do hang gliding.
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Nice, Ed. The combo seems to be working well for you.



The plumes are left over from the last breeding season. For the full breeding plumage, take a look at this two year old thread: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...okery-part.htm



This is because of a special type of feathers that egrets and herons have, called powder down feathers. Powder downs are a modified form of down feathers that fragment into a fine powder that serves as a type of dry lubrication, when the bird preens itself. They do not use oil like most other birds do, as it would stick the plumes together. This powder absorbs and sheds soil in the same way that talcum powder does on soiled clothing.
Thanks Penolta, that answers my questions. I have observed breeding plumage on the Great Egrets but never on the snowy.

The mystery of how they stay clean is now solved for me. Thanks again.

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Cool. Ed. These are really nice.

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Very nice! White birds are not easy and you have quite a few good ones here.

Also, thanks, Penolta, for the information about how egrets stay white - love learning about such things along with my photography.
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This is yet another example of what makes this frum so great. Great photos, and we learn some really interesting tid-bits as well. Fantastic shots Ed, and I also send my thanks to Penolta for teaching me something new.
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Wonderful, well taken.

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Ed - amazing photos of these impressive birds! Great illustration both of their beauty and of all the action. And thanks Penolta for the great explanations as well.
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