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Great Egrets

The Great Egret is a fascinating bird and one I’ve never encountered until just recently. When I was out taking photographs last Saturday I not only saw a Great Blue Heron but 3 great Egret.  I wasn’t able to get close enough to the Egrets for any usable photos that day but returned to the same spot today and to my surprise…6 Great Egret!  One in particular was so focused on his hunting that it let me get close enough for some decent pics despite the rain and dark overcast.  Here is a series of 8 photos taken today.  Click on the images to view larger.

DSC_6235 by Christopher L. Nelson.

 

DSC_6237 by Christopher L. Nelson.

 

After watching him in the trees for a while I left for just a bit and came back to find him down in the water hunting.

DSC_6251 by Christopher L. Nelson. DSC_6258 by Christopher L. Nelson.

 

It was really fun to watch this one hunt.  Standing perfectly still and then striking lightning fast.  Although at times it would kind of wobble its head and neck.  I’m learning quit a lot about them as I go.  A good resource I use is The  Cornell Lab of Ornithology @ http://www.allaboutbirds.org.

DSC_6257 by Christopher L. Nelson. DSC_6258 by Christopher L. Nelson.

 

DSC_6263 by Christopher L. Nelson. DSC_6266 by Christopher L. Nelson.

 

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It was fun while it lasted!

As per my usual Saturday morning routine, I was up early and out to one of my favorite places to take wildlife photos. I knew it was going to be a productive day when the first thing I saw when I arrived at my chosen site were 3 Great Egret! Of course as soon as I was within 100 yards of them they flew off.  I got my self blinded up and waited and waited….and waited. To my delight the Egret returned and brought a Great Blue Heron with them!  I’ll let my pictures tell the rest of the story…….

 

                                   He’s Getting closer and closer!

DSC_5215 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1400, 420 mm, f 8.0, 1/2000th sec
DSC_5217 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1250, 420 mm, f 6.3, 1/2000th sec

                                     Oh Crap, I think he see’s me!

DSC_5223 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1100, 420 mm, f 6.3, 1/2000th sec
DSC_5227 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1600, 420 mm, f 7.1, 1/2000th sec

DSC_5226 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1250, 420 mm, f 7.1, 1/2000th sec

 

Yep!!

DSC_5230 by Christopher L. Nelson.
ISO 1400, 420 mm, f 7.1, 1/2000th sec

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