A Snowy Egret resting in the mangroves at Fort De Soto

Snowy Egret resting in the mangrovesSnowy Egret resting in the mangroves – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/200, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

My 1000th post was long and contained many images so for my 1001st post I am keeping it simple with a Snowy Egret resting near the mangroves of the north beach at Fort De Soto. I liked the dark background which contrasts nicely with the white plumage of the egret and its yellow lores and feet. I could have darkened the background for more drama; and some photographers would, but that really would not represent how it actually looked when I took this image.  I like to keep my post processing to the minimum.

That spikey “do” is something else!


Taken in December of 2008

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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. Beautiful bird and wonderful image! Thanks for keeping it natural. I’ve seen these at the Bear River Bird Refuge but the background was missing the contrast.

  2. Wow! How does this bird stay so white? I love the contrast against the darker mangroves and the peaceful feeling that I get from this image.

  3. This egret is always very striking. Wonderful capture with the wind blowing the plumage:)

  4. Incredibly beautiful…gorgeous!!!! What a great way to start a horrible day…cold.grey, freezing rain….Thanks!

  5. Absolutely stunning and the exposure was just right!

  6. Beautiful image. I like it just the way it is. Very natural looking.

  7. Looks 3D Mia – Superb!

  8. It looks perfectly fine the way it is. Great shot, Mia.

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