Great Egret – Preening

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Great Egret Preening Great Egret Preening – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 340mm, natural light

Just a simple Great Egret (Ardea alba) image that always seems to tickle my funny bone when I view it because of the pose. I was wandering through a Florida Spartina marsh when I came across this egret preening and watched as it seemed to turn itself into a pretzel!



  1. Julie G. April 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Those long, elegant necks can twist and turn so! Glorious plumage! Fantastic photograph!

    • Mia McPherson May 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Thanks for your wonderful comment on this image Julie!

  2. Susan April 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

  3. Carol Mattingly April 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I really like this image. He looks like a contortionist. Carol

    • Mia McPherson May 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Carol, I think of the as the Great Egret Pretzel bird! Thanks for your comment.

  4. Laurence Butler April 30, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Ah…if only we all could scratch our own backs so easily.

    • Mia McPherson May 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Yeah, I wish I could scratch my back so easy Laurence!

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