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Old Nov 6, 2007, 5:32 AM   #1
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Hello All,

I don't usually post in this section of the forums, but I DO sneak a look quite often at a lot of the fantastic photography you guys & gals post here.

Recently I captured this bird, but I'm really not sure what it is... my guess some type of heron... ? Maybe called a white heron?

Would love your feedback, BOTH on what bird it is AND generally what you think of the photo... I know it's not a pro shot... but I do like birds and hope to expand into this area of photography and increase my skills in this area too.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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Old Nov 6, 2007, 7:47 AM   #2
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Paul,

The picture is of a Great Egret. We also have them here in the states. Great Egrets are difficult to expose due to their stark white plumage and skittish behavior. You've done a great job on exposure, sharpness and framing.

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Old Nov 6, 2007, 11:39 AM   #3
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nice shot on the great heron. the vertical framing works well for this shot. good job protecting the whites on the exposure. my only suggestion is to leave a bit more room in front of the subject.

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Old Nov 7, 2007, 1:37 AM   #4
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Thanks guys!

I appreciate both of your insightful replies. Thanks!!

So... is it great Egret or great Heron? (two conflicting answers..) Anyone else?

KM, yes you're totally right - exposure for such a bird is (was) difficult, because of the brilliant white plumage! And against a dark background didn't help... but I think I did ok on this one.

Actually this one was not quite so skittish because it was walking around waiting on a fisherman to throw it small fish he was catching.. (as were a couple of pelicans and some seagulls). The birds and the fisherman seemed like "old buddies"..! quite commical to watch, especially when one bird got a feed and some others tried to "steal it"!

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Hung, thanks also for your comments.

It was difficult to get any other orientation to capture this (as I was quite close and wanted to highlight the bird's tall stance!) I'm glad you think that the portrait version worked well!

You're quite right, I should have given a bit more room in FRONT of it... (to "walk into")... thanks for the great tip!

So are herons and egrets related / family ? (any zoologists out there?!)

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woops. sorry. i meant to agree that it is a great egret. i typed it in wrong. *bonk*
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Old Nov 8, 2007, 3:07 PM   #6
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Royce10,

Thanks for confirming that it IS a great egret!

I'll have to keep my eye out for more photo opportunities of this magnificent bird... and of course share them...

I'll keep practising.

Regards, and have a great day!

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