Calm Snowy Egret – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 360mm, natural light
This image soothes me because of the still water, the relaxed pose of the Snowy Egret and the memories of how delightful it was to be on the north beach of Fort De Soto with my fellow photographer friends with the warmth of the rising sun on my back as I lay in the tidal mud next to this lagoon. Calm is the first thing I think of when I view this photo.
Who doesn’t need “calm” in their lives now and then? I know I do. Sometimes more than others.
I was photographing at Fort De Soto’s north beach on May 30th, 2008 when I had a very cooperative Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) start fishing in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico right in front of me.
Snowy Egret about to land – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 185mm, natural light, not baited
People have nicknamed Snowy Egrets “Golden Slippers” because of their yellow feet, this image really shows off those yellow feet.
I have a very nice series of images of this Snowy, all of them photographed with me sitting on the sand instead of laying on it like I do for smaller shorebirds. I still had Sandy Pants at the end of the day though.
Love that beautiful snowy white plumage against the rich blues of the Gulf!
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