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
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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.
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
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