Geoff Wiggins, FAPS  

Cattle egret by Geoff Wiggins, FAPS

June 2021 - Cattle egret

About the Image(s)

Time for another post. Cattle egret taken the Menindee Lakes NSW. It has once again got water in it. 1/2000sec F8 ISO 200

10 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Geoff, what a lovely capture! I thought cattle egrets were shorter and had a golden head. Perhaps yours are a bit different? I'd love to see your original. Did you make any changes to your photo?

You've given it room to fly into it, nothing is overexposed (my issue this month and last month) and your background is not distracting.

I'll see if anyone else things if it might be a bit more dynamic if you cropped a bit off the bottom so the bird wasn't quite so centered.

If not entering in PSA Nature, you can flip the bird (Candy's trick),so that it is flying the same direction we read, instead of flying out of the scene.   Posted: 06/05/2021 21:20:18
Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Thanks for your comment Brenda, I think you are right, I have googled and it looks like a Great Egret not a Cattle Egret. I did next to nothing to the pic other than a small crop   Posted: 06/05/2021 21:37:39
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
Yes, it is a Great white Egret   Posted: 06/06/2021 11:34:36

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Geoff, your capture of the great egret gives a sharp image of a bird in flight. I feel that decreasing the highlights would bring more detail to the feathers. it also might be helpful to enhance the eye and beak just a bit.   Posted: 06/07/2021 15:27:59
Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Thanks for your thoughts Candy   Posted: 06/07/2021 18:55:38

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
You have captured the great egret in flight very well. The bird is sharp and you have handled the background nicely. I agree with Candy that it would be better if you can reduce the highlights to enhance the feather texture.
  Posted: 06/08/2021 12:50:04
Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Thanks Mervyn   Posted: 06/08/2021 18:19:27

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I am always impressed when someone is able to capture a clear image of a bird in flight - I expect 1/2000 helps a lot to do that. I am not bothered by the direction of flight. No everyone reads left to right. Good image.   Posted: 06/08/2021 13:51:24
Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Thanks Dean, yes the 1/2000 sec seems to work.   Posted: 06/08/2021 18:20:16

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Great image. I agree with all the previous comments. There is certainly nothing wrong with selecting 1/2000 sec, especially when the light is good, but considering that this bird was gliding - and depending on your equipment, lens/sensor stabilization - 1/500 could have been fine too. Your Great Egret is sharp throughout from the tip of the left to the tip of the right wing, even with f/8. I would have probably used a slightly higher f-stop to be on the safe side.
Nicely done.   Posted: 06/23/2021 10:48:16


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