August 14th, 2018

Intermediate Egret - Ardea intermedia

Today's photograph is of an Intermediate egret.

The way you can tell them apart from their greater egret is the details around the eye. Great egrets have yellow extending above the eye, where lesser egrets have yellow extending beyond the underside of the eye.

These birds are very similar to their bigger variant species, the biggest difference is the size. They are much smaller. In breeding plumage, their legs and bill will turn red, and they lay anywhere between 1 to 5 eggs a season.

The photo itself, is of an egret gently gliding into land in the wetlands and begin hunting.

Entery: Australian Photographer Of The Year

To today I filtered through thousands of photographs in order to be an early entrant into the Australian Photographer Of The Year. With a lot of pressure on deciding whether to enter or not, I decided to give it a go. Since starting my blog I have improved a lot, and I think now is a right time to begin entering competitions. Photography has allways been a hobby, and now I have a chance for it to share my photographs with a new audience.

Below; in the tropical lands of northern Australia. I was lucky enough to make eye contact with this large and dangerous bird. In my entry, I spoke about how important eye contact is through the camera when photographing my subjects. Right at the moment, the camera shutter opens is a critical moment. This connection I have with wildlife can be seen in many ways; but to me, it's almost like taking a self-portrait. There are many things you can capture with a photograph, but without a connection to it; there is either no point or purpose. Today, I share this rather proud moment as I enter in a major photography competition as a passionate wildlife photographer and conservationist. The only thing left to discover is the result.

Until then; It's onward with the expedition.

Links to view my entries -

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