Great Egret Hunting in Still Waters

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Great Egret in tidal lagoonGreat Egret in tidal lagoon – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I’ve always liked the calm mood this image conveys partially because the stalking pose of the Great Egret (Ardea alba), the silky smooth surface of the water, the reflection and how the out of focus Snowy Egret and Little Blue Heron give the frame a depth that wouldn’t be there without them.  It also brings the memory of that morning to the surface of my mind, a cool February morning, my friend Adrian and I laying in the wet sand at the edge of the tidal lagoon, my other friends Mac and Rachel were photographing to my left, the salty smell of the Gulf of Mexico and the sun that had begun to gently warm my back. Friends. Birds. Photography.

Peaceful. Serene. Delightful. Ahhh.


Image taken at Fort De Soto County Park, Florida.



  1. Julie Brown April 3, 2012 at 4:39 am

    What a peaceful scene. The experience of place is vital, isn’t it?

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Yes Julie, I think the experience of the place is vital as is being a part of it.

  2. Ingrid April 3, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I can feel that mood from the photo. Love the trio of fishers here, too.

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you Ingrid, I enjoy the mood in the frame a lot.

  3. Debbie Miller @HooootOwl April 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Lovely reflection! A beautiful egret.

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks Debbie, your comment is much appreciated.

  4. Dan Huber April 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Lovely shot of the Egret Mia. Love the texture of the reflection and water.

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Dan, thanks very much for your comment, I love the reflection and water texture too.

  5. Tammy Karr April 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Beautiful photo and fond memories!

  6. Susan April 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Beautiful image of a beautiful bird:)

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you very much Susan.

  7. Julie G. April 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Such a serene scene, Mia! Gorgeous photograph, lovely thoughts …

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you Julie, this image does bring back fond memories.

  8. Carol Mattingly April 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Absolutely gorgeous image Mia. That egret looks so intent on stalking, it’s amazing. That blue water and that beautiful reflection. Carol

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you Carol, we have such amazing subject to photograph. Nature never disappoints.

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