In my two previous posts of a Snowy Egret and a Great Egret I mentioned how the early morning light and a nearby storm gave those images a feeling of drama. These white morph Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) images were taken that same morning not long after I created the Great Egret photos.
As the storm moved closer is began to pour directly under the clouds and that area looked rather gray but the light was still gorgeous on my subject. I had moved south from the Great Egret when I can across this white morph Reddish Egret hunting in the shallow waters of a narrow tidal pool in between the beach and a small spit of sand that touched the Gulf of Mexico at Fort De Soto’s north beach. The egret pretty ignored my presence while it hunted, I was laying flat on my stomach at right on the edge of the warm water. Again the weather conditions gave these images dramatic light.
While I photographed this egret the lighting conditions changed rapidly and often, it would get a little brighter and then get darker. I’ve learned to work with the light rather than fight with it so I was not distressed about the challenges and I kept firing away, I still wasn’t sure when or if the storm would come in and I wanted as many images as I could possibly take of my subjects in the enchanting light.
The Reddish Egret danced, pranced and dashed back and forth in front of me and struck some very interesting poses. They are fascinating to observe and photograph while they hunt. The storm off shore had kicked up the waves so I had to be careful to not dunk my gear into the water while still keeping my lens as low as I could.
The light brightened about the time I created this photo and I could see that the storm was heading towards the northeast, I knew about then that the storm was going to miss me at Fort De Soto and I spent another hours or so photographing other birds on the beach and tidal lagoons. As I drove home to Tampa I found the storm and drove home in a deluge. I lucked out though because I had several memory cards full of images that contained the great light that thunderstorm provided.
* I am out of town so I scheduled this post ahead of time, please feel free to share.