Hunting Snowy Egret

Hunting Snowy EgretHunting Snowy Egret – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 320, Nikkor 80-400mm at 300mm, natural light

I love the challenge of photographing white birds and getting the exposures right, I like to nail it. Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula) are great birds to practice getting exposures of the whites set correctly.

I photographed this hunting Snowy Egret while it was in a lagoon at Fort De Soto’s north beach. I was in the water with the bird and it ignored me completely, it probably didn’t feel threatened by me because I made myself kneel very still in the warm saltwater. I was able to shoot a very nice series of this egret while it hunted for its prey, now I need to find the time to edit the rest of them!

The light was at such a wonderful angle that I didn’t need to use any exposure compensation, gotta love that!



  1. Susan April 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Sweet capture Mia!

  2. Tammy Karr April 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Beautiful, as always! Great detail and sharpness!

    • Mia McPherson April 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thank you Tammy, they are a beautiful species.

  3. Julie G. April 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Perfection! Fantastic capture of an especially beautiful bird!

    • Mia McPherson April 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Julie, thanks for your very kind comment.

  4. Maria Thunholm April 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I love this kind of photo, but for the moment Paris for me… I like your photo !!!

  5. Prairie Birder April 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

    You captured this photo perfectly Mia. Love it!

    • Mia McPherson April 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Thank you PrairieBirder!

  6. Sheila Atwood April 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I love the shape you captured…the round body on the chimney legs.

    • Mia McPherson April 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Thank you Sheila, the legs do look a little like chimneys!

  7. Laurence Butler April 11, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Very Pretty. There looks to be a build up on power in that bird, poised as it is t strike.

    • Mia McPherson April 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

      They are fun to watch & photograph hunting and they can be very powerful when they strike, Thanks Laurance!

  8. Carol Mattingly April 11, 2012 at 6:46 am

    This egret is so stunning. You did a fantastic job. Not sure I could do anywhere close. He is gorgeous.

    • Mia McPherson April 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Carol, thanks for your comment on this Snowy Egret, they are gorgeous birds.

  9. Steve Creek April 11, 2012 at 6:21 am

    A great capture Mia! You did nail it!

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