One of the shots I took while wading in the dam.


I think these are Cattle Egrets. they could be Intermediate Egrets.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 25th April 2009, This photo: 6:53am

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  • [ Rodelicious ] said:
    very nice capture david. good morning!
  • David de Groot said:
    Morning Rodel :)
    I was up to my waist in water when shooting this one.
  • accesser said:
    Ahh nice did you get your 100-400 before the price went crazy I so wish I got one when they where about 1/2 what they are priced at now.
    Places like DDP are not much cheaper now . Nice shot tho worth getting wet for, I really want some eagle shots one day if you know any good places around or plan something let me know :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Not my lens unfortunately. This one belongs to Allan as well.
    Plenty of Kites, Ospreys and the odd White-bellied Sea Eagle over North Pine Dam, although I missed shooting any of them yesterday.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Great photo Dave gret job with the lighting :-)
    Hope you have no re-egrets about being in the water :-) he he he
  • Xenedis said:
    Nicely captured.
  • David de Groot said:
    *groan* it's too early for that sort of thing :P
    Danke :)
  • SkattyKat said:
    Nice one David :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kat :)
  • hari_kr said:
    amazing shot ......... brilliant work .......... my friend
  • jaclyn_teh2000 said:
    Wow...very sharp...beautiful click..
  • strop_au said:
    The Sunday breakfast Order ending your Sunday morning prospects was well worth it David, you spent your Saturday well.. This is visually very beautiful and powerful, and of course the exposure and camera work are expert as we have come to expect from your work. EXCELLENT.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Thanks David. 'tweren't a bad day out.
  • teejaybee said:
    Nice shot - in summer they hunt beside me all day long and I still can't make up my mind if it's a cattle egret or not - the things that bother me are leg colour, how the feathers look on the back of the head (usually the plain white ones have very conforming feathers and not fluffy or ruffled), and how the beak joins the colour around the eyes.
  • looby88 said:
    Wouldnt know what sort of egret it is, we get the little ones, ours wear yellow socks !
    I want to go out with my camera, weather is lovely, feeling grotty, typical !
    I admire your wading about in water for the birds, wont catch me doing it though, I cant swim for one thing, and there could always be nasties lurking in the water !
    .... having admired James' photo, you have a very low waist ; P
    .... actually thats a good photo of you
  • David de Groot said:
    General consensus seems to be that these were all Intermediate Egrets, but yeah, they're very hard to tell apart in the non-breeding season.
    hehehe well the waders protect against any nibbling fish, and the frogs wouldn't bother me. The snakes around here are all on the land, so I was safer in the water ;-)
  • James Lagden said:
    I would go with Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah I reckon that's spot on as I saw some Cattle Egrets this morning and their necks are a lot shorter.
  • James Lagden said:
    Plus the thigh feathers are just above the tarsal joint on the Cattle Egret, but much higher on the Intermediate Egret.
  • johnrolens said:
    This morning the Missouri carried, with wide determination and awesome speed, the dead and fallen into the ravenous sunrise. The northern storms offered, to the god of morning, their meager sacrifices of logs and brush and masses of tangled roots, still holding tightly to yesterday’s river banks.
    On the other side of the levy, in the marshes, in the grassy orange pools of sunrise, the egrets stood tall and brilliant white, their reflections adding depth to shallow waters and giving symmetry to stoic grace.
    The god of morning - pleased.
  • Jon McManus said:
    Is an Intermediate Egret considerably more difficult than a Beginner Egret, or easier than a Hard Egret? It sounds a bit like an old Nintendo video game! ;)
    I love the lighting on it, it really helps to differentiate it from the background--which is itself great, the blur is lovely. At least I don't have to envy you this lens. :D
  • David de Groot said:
    hahaha yeah you can tell it's not levelled up to Hard yet by it's ungainly flight mode ;-)
    Aye, not my lens, alas...