Reddish Egret cleared for landing

Reddish Egret landingReddish Egret landing – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/750, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm at 260mm, natural light, not baited

This is one of my favorite Reddish Egret images that I have taken at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach. Sure I have closer images of Reddish Egrets, images that show more fine details, images that were taken in better or sweet light but I love this landing pose, the egret’s apparent concentration and the story behind this image.

I had been photographing this Reddish Egret for most of the morning and have a series of it where it was hunting for prey along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico.

What can’t been seen in this image is a white morph Reddish Egret outside of the frame and the reason this Reddish Egret flew in like it did was that this egret was defending it’s territory from the white morph. At the time I thought I was going to see a battle between the two birds but I guess the white morph Reddish Egret decided “there were other fish in the sea” and it flew off right away.

Mia

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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.

13 Comments

  1. Beautiful photo, Mia.

  2. Love, love, love this image Mia! The wave in the background and the motion derived from the wing and head feather pattern of the dark morph Reddish Egret in flight is so moving.

  3. You are right not every image has to be about the detail. I love the stories.

  4. dancing on air!!!!! beautiful!!!

  5. Wonderful action shot and background Mia. Thanks for sharing this image and the story too.

  6. Good work getting the crashing wave, the oblique wing angle, and the dangling landing gear all in one image.

  7. Wow! What an amazing thing for you (and us) to see. Thank you.

  8. Splendid quality and composition, Mia! Your wonderful photograph immediately transported my spirit to the Fort!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. What a great photo!

    The egret itself is beautiful, but the wave background is just stunning.

  10. Beautiful image…lov positions of legs, wings and head…and love, love the waves!!!

  11. Excellent shot Mia, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Wow, that is a beauty, well photographed Mia.

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