The Great Egret is the largest of the Australian egrets. It’s overall plumage is white, and, for most of the year, when not breeding, the bill and facial skin are yellow. The feet are dark olive-grey or sooty black, as are the legs. During the breeding season, the bill turns mostly black and the facial skin becomes green. Also at this time, long hair-like feathers (nuptial plumes) hang across the lower back, and the legs become pinkish-yellow at the top.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM


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Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • DBArt
    DBArtalmost 4 years ago

    fantastic shot… excellent

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful! A fantastic capture!

  • Thanks so much Barbara!

    – byronbackyard

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent work & composition, nicely done!

  • thanks so much Denis, I got a few as he passed over my head, gorgeous!

    – byronbackyard

  • wildwomenlove
    wildwomenlovealmost 4 years ago

    this is beautiful…x

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful sky and bird, they go so well together!!

  • Many thanks Deborah!

    – byronbackyard

  • k253
    k253almost 4 years ago

    One could take a hundred more shots and not top this. You could not have staged this with such fine positioning. Excellent.


  • Many thanks for your very kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

    Wow! Brilliant capture!

  • Thanks Trish! Have you been away again, I missed you!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

    Yes, went away for a few days camping on Exmoor :-)

  • Hope you had a lovely time, it was beautiful weather here. I’ll check out your pics, hope you got some good ones.

    – byronbackyard

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightalmost 4 years ago

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 4 years ago

    Hey another congratulations on yet another fabulous, stunning feature….Laura

  • Many thanks Laura!

    – byronbackyard

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