Reddish Egret – White Morph

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White Morph Reddish Egret in flight

White Morph Reddish Egret in flight –  D200, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 250, 70-300mm VR at 125mm, natural light

I had been taking images of this breeding plumage white morph Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) while it hunted and danced in the waves on the Gulf coast of Florida. It must have decided to look for better hunting grounds and lifted off almost right in front of me. I zoomed back because I didn’t want to clip the wings and at first it looked like the white morph was going to head towards me. I love the clouds in the background of this shot.

The white morph of the Reddish Egret isn’t all that common so I was always thrilled to see them on the sugar sand beaches at Fort De Soto. The deep purple blue of the lores along with the pink and black bi-colored bill can be stunning against the creamy white feathers of the White Morph.

I took many images of this egret that day as it delighted me with its dancing.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Mia

One Comment

  1. Nicole MacP November 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Wow! No idea what to say about this image, it’s just perfect!

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