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Great Egret

Ardea alba


The elegant Great Egret is a dazzling sight in many a North American wetland. Slightly smaller and more svelte than a Great Blue Heron, these are still large birds with impressive wingspans. They hunt in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading through wetlands to capture fish with a deadly jab of their yellow bill. Great Egrets were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds.


Lewisville Lake edge


There are several that fish daily along this edge of the lake.

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gatorfellows 9 years ago

Actually no I had not considered doing any color adjustment. I do have a UV lens, but did not have it with me that day. I do crop my photos, like other do, but have not done any other manipulation. I have read harsh comments directed at people who the commenter believed had "photoshoped" an image. I even got one about cropping and not doing a "good enough" photo. I took it down, but it did cause me distress. This day was very overcast but I was out there to get photos of the pelicans, so just did the best I could. Thanks for your suggestion, and your past supportive comments.

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Gatorfellows have you ever considered using a program to help with your color. Irfanview is a free program and does a nice job. When my color is washed out, I simply push the auto color button. I took one of your egret pictures to see what would happen and it was rather dramatic.

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