Snowy Egret – Show Me Those Golden Slippers!

I was photographing at Fort De Soto’s north beach on May 30th, 2008 when I had a very cooperative Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) start fishing in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico right in front of me.

Snowy Egret about to land Snowy Egret about to land – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 185mm, natural light, not baited

People have nicknamed Snowy Egrets “Golden Slippers” because of their yellow feet, this image really shows off those yellow feet.

I have a very nice series of images of this Snowy, all of them photographed with me sitting on the sand instead of laying on it like I do for smaller shorebirds. I still had Sandy Pants at the end of the day though.

Love that beautiful snowy white plumage against the rich blues of the Gulf!


*I pre-scheduled this post because I am away, please feel free to share this with your friends & family!

Additional posts you might enjoy:

About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Pingback: Snowy Egret – Moody Blues

  2. Nice wing detail and eye contact, and of course those yellow feet!

  3. Very nice flight shot Mia!

  4. Pingback: Snowy Egret – Moody Blues | on the wing photography

  5. How dainty! I love how the legs and feet perfectly match the color scheme of the bird’s face.

  6. Great capture of the Snowy Egret! Your photo gives a great view of those beautiful slippers!!

Comments are closed