Snowy Egret – Show Me Those Golden Slippers!

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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 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!


*I pre-scheduled this post because I am away, please feel free to share this with your friends & family!


  1. Julie Brown May 20, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Nice wing detail and eye contact, and of course those yellow feet!

  2. Elijah Goodwin May 18, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Very nice flight shot Mia!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Elijah, I think the Snowy was giving me a showy! Thanks for commenting.

  3. Laurence Butler May 17, 2012 at 7:18 am

    How dainty! I love how the legs and feet perfectly match the color scheme of the bird’s face.

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you Laurence, they are a snazzy bird!

  4. Tammy Karr May 17, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Great capture of the Snowy Egret! Your photo gives a great view of those beautiful slippers!!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Tammy, those Golden Slippers sure stand out well! Thank you.

  5. judy watson May 17, 2012 at 5:54 am

    It’s so beautiful!

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