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I often take some nice wildlife shots and am looking for advice on how I might improve them.

This is one of an Egret and whilst I like the subject I am not sure about the water definition.

And yes - I have just noticed the blue in the reed beds

 

Any advice would be much appreciated.  This is also a crop from a larger image so I do have more of the ripples

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Nice! That captures toe morning (or evening) reflections nicely

And the bird ... looks like an egret but is a bit bigger than our egrets

What time of day did you take this? I suspect early morning :)


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Thanks Rick G

This is at Bowling Green Marshes (Exeter UK) about 9:30am but still good light.

And yes it is a Little Egret; we get a lot of them on the south coast now and not sure how they compare to the American ones

 

 

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The posture would suggest that it was having difficulty extricating its foot from the substrate. I like the effect of the ripples on the water surface.

John


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16 minutes ago, Dr Astronomy said:

Thanks Rick G

This is at Bowling Green Marshes (Exeter UK) about 9:30am but still good light.

And yes it is a Little Egret; we get a lot of them on the south coast now and not sure how they compare to the American ones

 

 

They come in sizes but the most common around here seem a bit smaller than your picture. That could be an illusion too having to do with the angle of the shot. I am in Florida in the US and the old local name is "cow birds" The follow the cows around and whenever one "drops a load" they are on it xD I had a couple of shots of them nesting in  the branches of a fallen, dead tree for the evening

 

Your shot really captures the morning glow just before the day really opens for business

Thanks again


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47 minutes ago, John Rostron said:

The posture would suggest that it was having difficulty extricating its foot from the substrate. I like the effect of the ripples on the water surface.

John

Hadn't thought of it that way - LOL

It was originally walking right then as I pressed the shutter it turned to catch a fish.  Just a lucky shot.

I am going to re-work this one as the blue in the bushes isn't on the original image but has been introduced through 32bit processing.

Thanks again

 

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