A Snowy Egret in the mangroves

Snowy Egret in mangrovesSnowy Egret in mangroves – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/125, ISO 500, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 240mm, natural light

There is a short footbridge at Fort De Soto’s north beach that crosses over small tidal stream that is accessed from the northern most parking area. Walking over the footbridge some mornings I could see Wood Storks, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills and Snowy Egrets feeding in the warm, shallow waters. One morning as I was leaving the beach to head home I spotted a solitary Snowy Egret resting below the mangroves so I ducked down and hid behind the mangroves at the base of the bridge to photograph the egret. The water reflected the green leaves of the mangrove and the aerial roots that hung down added a mood to the setting I sometimes find hard to describe but I can say I always feel a sense of peace every time I open this image.

I took just a few frames and left the Snowy Egret to rest.


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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. wonderful Mia!! Looks like the Egret is all dressed up for the Opera!

  2. Gentle, beautiful serenity. Thank you so much.

  3. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    The bird seems to glow in the light… What a perfect photo! It transports us all back to that moment in time… a moment never to be repeated in all eternity… Many thanks for sharing.

  4. That is one if the most beautiful images of a snowy I’ve ever seen! Even the various elements of the background are PERFECT!!!

  5. Keep posting the Egrets, Mia. I love the mood of this photo as well. I’m sure the lighting in the mangroves is tricky. You, of course, pulled it off.

  6. oh WOW Mia, that’s reeeeealy beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Gorgeous photo of the Snowy Egret.

  8. I can certainly relate to your sense of peace when you look at this photograph.

  9. Stunning photo, Mia. He looks so unconcerned and peaceful.

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