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Little Egret (in mating plumage)

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Hi all,

It's getting to that time of the year, starting to develop his mating plumage, and on the lookout for a mate already.

C&C Always welcome.

Regards

Barry H

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Not bad. Really hard to expose for the highlights on these. Maybe dial in a little negative EV compensation next time to drag a bit more detail on the bird. Maybe also try getting a little lower if possible, that would hide the little bits of foliage sneaking up behind the bird.
 

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Looks good. I think Phill has some good points but otherwise you did a good job here.
 

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The birdy population are all perking up now...great photo................:D
 

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Little Egrets usually have yellow feet................Does this change during the spring time...???

I think (ref Collins) it might be a Great Egret in Spring plumage...
 

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Little Egrets usually have yellow feet................Does this change during the spring time...???

I think (ref Collins) it might be a Great Egret in Spring plumage...
I thought that but great egrets have yellow bills. The bill does darken in breeding plumage but not that far. Also the legs seem too light. So much easier in person as the size is the big giveaway.

Little egrets do have yellow feet, but there are a couple of sub-species with bleach feet. Could also be covered in mud, hard to tell.
 

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Hi Phil 104 & Mj224,

I went back and checked my birding book (Simpson &Day) and I think I will stick with Little Egret.

It was a physically small egret ( smaller than some great egrets I have seen)

And yes he had been wallowing in the mud earlier.

He is a sub species of egret (egretta garzetta).

Regards

Barry H
 
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