Great Egret (Ardea alba)


Although we have Great Egrets in Durham Township, this photo was taken on Sunday at Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, where I spent the last week swimming, relaxing and observing wildlife.

It was a wonderfully foggy day on Sunday with excellent soft light to photograph birds. I was sitting on the edge of a marina pier when this Egret flew overhead.

The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America.

Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens at 200mm, ISO 400, f/8, shutter 1/2000s. 80% crop plus Curves for a contrast boost. No other processing needed -- the fog provided a great backdrop to bring out the bird's details.

Thank you for visiting Durham Township!



Wow. Gorgeous.

Posted by hwalk on July 9, 2008 11:45 PM

Outstanding capture with great details of the wing feathers

Posted by Suzette on July 10, 2008 12:38 AM

Wonderful! I've always just loved the way egrets' legs float behind them. I always check to see what lens you're using. I've just rented that one! It arrived today.

Posted by Julianne on July 10, 2008 1:20 AM

What an elegant shot to open the second half! Make a great duck stamp except for one little........(really way too sophisticated for a duck stamp anyway!)

Posted by david tinnon on July 10, 2008 1:32 AM

Prehistorically impressive . . you have made this looks so easy . .

Posted by AG on July 10, 2008 6:02 AM

WOW! Awesome. So beautiful. It should be a stamp!

Posted by Noreen on July 10, 2008 7:19 AM

I literally made an "mm" noise when I saw this. I love the crispness of the wings, they look like they're made of paper.
It's beautiful how the light is captured; the egret stands out even though the sky is almost the same colour.

Posted by kristarella on July 10, 2008 8:16 AM

Superb capture, Kathleen. Perfect exposure!

Posted by Judith Polakoff on July 10, 2008 8:29 AM

so greatly captured...

Posted by amintorres on July 10, 2008 8:42 AM

Even when Kathleen is on her relaxing vacation
She shares with us this winged creation.
The egret flies, just looking for it's next dinner
Kathleen shoots, just hoping, the picture is a winner
And we enjoy the results as our recreation.

Posted by JPH on July 10, 2008 9:24 AM

It's hard to get birds sometimes, but you got a good shot there!

Posted by akinoluna on July 10, 2008 9:45 AM

It's so perfect it looks like it's been stuffed and put on display at a museum. Amazing that you managed to catch this while in mid-flight. Like others have said, the detail is wonderful.

Posted by Rafael on July 10, 2008 10:00 AM

I'm in awe of both creature and photograph. Just stunning.

Posted by Becky on July 10, 2008 10:30 AM

Wow. That's all I have to say.

Posted by Sandy on July 10, 2008 10:34 AM

Amazing capture, just the right moment of a bird in flight!

Posted by Clasu on July 10, 2008 11:00 AM

An amazing capture. A beautiful bird completely stopped in motion.

Posted by John Zeweniuk on July 10, 2008 11:02 AM

You can really light up my morning! What a beautiful, beautiful shot. Thank-you, Kathleen.

Posted by Laurie on July 10, 2008 11:30 AM

You're not kidding -- that's a great egret! WOW!

Posted by GrossePointer on July 10, 2008 12:52 PM

Beautiful colours and details! You really caught this one perfectly Kathleen. Excellent work.

Posted by Craig Wilson on July 10, 2008 1:04 PM

Exquisite capture. :)

Posted by kayt on July 10, 2008 8:08 PM

Damn Neat!
u got some talent!

Posted by Sandy on July 10, 2008 11:42 PM

I jumped in my chair when I saw this.
I think Audubon would have been proud to have made this image.

Posted by Seattleite on July 11, 2008 3:05 AM

Not your usual subject matter, and I like that.

Fantastic detail in the feathers. Perfect pose/beat of flight. Stunning bird, just stunning.

Posted by Detour on July 11, 2008 10:14 AM

Stunning! Perfect capture.

Posted by Marcie on July 11, 2008 11:29 AM

The details are fantastic... And tack sharp picture... Great picture...

Posted by Anurag on July 11, 2008 11:47 AM

"Capture" this lingo is new to me (I got my photography degree just before the digital age).

Is this the new word for "shot" and "picture"?

great picture.

Posted by beate on July 11, 2008 12:29 PM

Stunning... This is one of my favorites of your photos.

Your photoblog is my homepage when I get onto the internet. I love seeing what you've done, what images you've captured. And now, I await your next one....!

Posted by Gail on July 11, 2008 8:11 PM

i love your photos.
would you like to see my photo blog?
i will be happy.

Posted by gambron on July 12, 2008 2:24 AM

This is stunning. He/she looks perfect. The balance of tones in this photo is superb.

Posted by Laurie on July 12, 2008 9:21 AM

very clean one, nice shot.

Posted by hippolyte on July 12, 2008 11:16 AM

beate, I have noticed the insertion of "capture" since being exposed to (sorry) younger digital creative types, (like that K woman) and in the earlier days of digital, the "shutter" delay was extremely pronounced. The attempt to accurately snap a given event moment was (and on most digital cameras still is) a real timing contest. I have tried to catch birds, planes, cats, dogs and kids in motion and after a while I feel like a hunter trying to anticipate the next move of the "prey" in order to successfully execute the "capture." Another factor in the changing lexicon is the attempt by "marketing forces" to get and hold our attention by making the most boring, or at least ordinary things sound new and/or exciting--like referring to a computer software program or an accounting system as being "robust!" LOL! If we now indicate a rose as being an "extraordinary, chromatic/aromatic, multi-layered, sensory stimulous event display, is it still a ........?

Or to put it another way, yes.

Posted by david tinnon on July 12, 2008 12:13 PM

Absolutely amazing. How did you get the egret to stop and pose.

Posted by Grandfather on July 14, 2008 9:43 AM

Hai friend I like Your photos .

Posted by somakumar on July 15, 2008 10:17 AM

Posted a White Faced Heron in a very similar pose myself a few days ago. Not as sharp and thanks for your EXIF I will be increasing the shutter speed for the next attempt. Love the detail and as you stated the fog set off a nice background too.

Posted by ROB on July 16, 2008 6:47 AM

WOW ! absolutely stunning capture

Posted by Michael J. Matusinec on July 16, 2008 8:31 AM

Great snapshot and details.

Posted by Wolfgang Burzler on July 16, 2008 1:14 PM


Posted by Anita Bower on July 19, 2008 7:22 AM

White on white just disappears. We may blend into our surroundings; we may be invisible in a crowd, but that doesn't mean that we don't have the strength, the power and the determination to do what is right. Any one of us can be the stone that tips the scales, the straw that breaks the camels back, the snowflake that starts the avalanche. If we all work together, no matter our color, creed or religion, there is nothing we can't accomplish.

Posted by Willow on August 3, 2008 12:26 AM

We used to have eagrets in a tree next door when I lived at my parent's house. Those dude would make some crazy sounds. Aren't they endangered?

Posted by cohnsey on August 3, 2008 7:16 PM

Kathleen - another phenomenal image - sharp details - the usual AWESOME!!!!

Posted by Jerry Moores on August 9, 2008 1:33 PM

A fantastic studie of the feathers - superb shot.

Posted by Cerstin on August 13, 2008 2:53 AM

Simply Great!!!

Posted by Christian on December 1, 2008 1:06 PM
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