Great Egret close up

Great Egret close upGreat Egret close up – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 260mm, natural light

Well, if you are reading this the world hasn’t come to an end which I think is a really good thing since I have high hopes of photographing many more birds and animals before my time is up. :-)

This Great Egret image was taken in Florida in 2009, the beautiful blue in the background is the water of the Gulf of Mexico. The image was taken a bit later in the morning than I usually like because the light can get harsh but high thin clouds diffused the light just enough that the whites weren’t blown and beautiful details are evident in the plumage.  I have quite a few images of this same bird that showed it preening and walking the shoreline and I’m glad the bird walked close enough to me to get this close up.

We are all still here, the earth wasn’t struck by an asteroid and the doom & gloom predictions of the end of the world weren’t accurate. I’m going out to find some birds and photograph them! Let’s all celebrate!


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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. Hi! beautiful photo! So breathe taking!

  2. This is the “S” curve of their necks that I so much love.

  3. What?? The world was supposed to end? I didn’t get the memo.

    Spectacular detail. It’s easy to see why it’s National Audubon’s symbol.

    • Wally, you might have been out in the field photographing birds when the end of the world memo was sent out and the memo got caught in the ethers. :-) Thanks for your comment.

  4. Absolutely STUNNING shot Mia. I too am glad the world is still spinning and looking forward as well to lots of photo ops (with any luck) this weekend.

  5. Gorgeous detail in this bird Mia! I have many more birds to see and photograph as well. Besides, what’s with all these people that listen to the doom and gloom news on the idiot box and actually believe what they say? Folks need to get out into nature more and realize what a special place we have on this planet and what they can do to help pass on a cleaner more beautiful place to their children.

    • I agree Larry, more people need to get out into nature and take their children with them because the children will one day be the defender’s of the earth if we teach them to value nature. Thanks much for your comment Larry.

  6. Brilliant close up Mia, it doesn’t seem to mind you at all.

    • Thanks Bob. Some of the waders in Florida are fairly unafraid of people, a few times they moved in close enough to me I grew concerned about being speared with those very sharp bills

  7. beautiful image and YAY more time to photograph birds :)

  8. Beautiful shot Mia and glad we survived hehe :)

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