Friday Photos: Great Egret

Great Egret in a tidal lagoon Great Egret (Ardea alba) in a Florida tidal lagoon –   Nikon D200, f7.1, handheld, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 330mm, natural light

I remember clearly the day I photographed this Great Egret in a tidal lagoon at Fort De Soto, Florida. It was very hot and humid but there was a slight breeze coming in from the Gulf of Mexico, I was sitting in the water of the lagoon and the water felt cool against my skin. Tiny little shrimp were crawling on my legs and I wanted to laugh about that so much but didn’t dare for fear of scaring away the Great Egret.

I think that Great Egrets are beautiful though they can be difficult to expose the whites correctly. Here the morning sun helped me to keep the exposure under control without blowing the whites. This egret was either going into or coming out of breeding plumage as shown by the slightly green lores, in breeding plumage the green lores would be almost a lime color while in nonbreeding plumage they are more yellow.

I love how peaceful this image makes me feel and how the distant shoreline and sand dunes give this image a nice sense of place. I know it will always remind me of the great times I had photographing birds at Fort De Soto, one of my favorite places on earth.



  1. patty chadwick June 28, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I love to paint these birds…love the way you handled the background…just right.

    • Mia McPherson June 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks Patty, I love these egrets too.

  2. Nicole MacP June 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    VERY nice, love how much feather detail you’ve captured – and the multi-layered background is very cool…

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