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June 12, 2011 / hhsiegrist

The Great Egret

The Great Egret (Ardea alba or Casmerodius albus) is a large bird that can be found all over the world close to water surfaces. It is not to be confused with the Snowy Egret (Egretta garzetta) which is smaller than the Great Egret and has a black bill whereas the adult Great Egret’s bill is yellow.

Although its sheer size helps with photography as the distance to the bird can be longer, taking good photographs requires patience (tell me where it doesn’t) and unobtrusive behaviour such as using a hide.

Great Egret on frozen Lake Neuchâtel

Stretching its wings

As can be seen very easily, the best season for taking pictures of this bird is from autumn to early spring, at least in central Europe. As from early summer the birds will leave to go breeding in eastern Europe. Some colonies can be found in eastern Austria.

A bird in late winter

It is encouraging to see that a species that had virtually disappeared for a long time in western Europe is finding its way back. New breeding colonies around here would be a success for nature conservation in our country.

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  1. Rolf / Jun 12 2011 18:33

    Das sind ja wieder super Aufnahmen Hans. Beim zweiten Foto kann man erst die Größe des Vogels erahnen.
    Das untere Foto gefällt mir wegen der Spiegelung besonders gut.
    Viele Grüße

  2. underground34 / Jun 14 2012 17:38

    Beautiful photos, the Great Egret (Nagy Kócsag in hungarian) my favourite bird!

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