Great white egret, sailing over the water by steppeland

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The Great White Egret (Ardea alba), sailing over the water, looking for a next great fishing spot.
Diemerbos (Diemen woods), Diemen near Amsterdam SouthEast, Netherlands
Copyright © 2012 Steppeland – All rights reserved

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The great white egret!! I knew they were breeding in the Netherlands, but never before succeeded to see them in the wild. Now, this week, I discovered there are several in Diemerbos, so close to home… Apart from the abundantly flowering wild flowers, this was reason enough for me to raise early and go back there a few mornings already this week, and hopefully in the coming days as well…
Same area where I observed and photographed the Spoonbills a few years ago.

Conservation Status:
The Great White Egret (Lat. Ardea alba, Dutch Grote Zilverreiger – Wikipedia) is partially migratory, with northern hemisphere birds moving south from areas with colder winters. It breeds in colonies in trees close to large lakes with reed beds or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.

It is on the IUCN list of threatened species – status: Least Concern

Technical details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/125 sec, f. 300 mm
focal length 300 mm , ISO 400
Date: May 18, 2012

Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)

Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 3 years ago

    Excellent Capture!

  • Thanks a lot, Pauline, happy you like it!

    – steppeland

  • steppeland
    steppelandalmost 3 years ago


  • – steppeland

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    19 May 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thank you, Konstantinos!

    – steppeland

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thanks a lot, Larry!

    – steppeland

  • AnnieSnel
    AnnieSnelalmost 3 years ago

    Prachtige houdig, mooi vastgelegd Steppe!

  • Dank je wel voor je bezoekje, en fijne commentaar!

    – steppeland

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxalmost 3 years ago

    WOW! Prachtig moment vastgelegd!
    Groeten en mooi weekend verder!

  • Dank je wel, Hans! Ik was ook helemaal verrukt van deze ‘toevalstreffer’ :D – Ook voor jou een mooi weekend!

    – steppeland

  • Bernhard Matejka
    Bernhard Matejkaalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • Thanks a lot, Bernhard, for the compliment and fav! Much appreciated!

    – steppeland

  • Chris Armytage™
    Chris Armytage™over 2 years ago

    Love these beautiful birds – great shot Steppe!

  • Aww, thank you! Happy you like this one!

    – steppeland

  • patcheah
    patcheahover 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured. Love this tranquil scene.

  • Thank you so much, patcheah! Glad you like it!

    – steppeland

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