White morph Reddish Egret on the hunt

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White morph Reddish Egret on the huntWhite morph Reddish Egret on the hunt – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 250, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 250mm, natural light

Yesterday I featured a Snowy Egret and today I am presenting another big white wading bird; the white morph of a Reddish Egret. Both the white and dark morphs of Reddish Egrets are great fun to watch as they hunt because they dance, twirl, whirl and stumble along like a “drunken sailor”.

This Reddish Egret in breeding plumage sure presented a funny pose and didn’t seem to care a bit that I that was sitting on the shoreline photographing it when it rushed towards me. I could almost see the newspaper headline “Bird photographer in a hit and run accident with a large white wading bird, whose feathers got ruffled?”

Fortunately I must not have looked like food and the egret didn’t spear me with its sharp bicolored bill.



  1. Jane Chesebrough October 16, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Does the red refer to the bill? looks like something that i could watch for a long while.

  2. Julie Brown October 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    That sure is a determined look!

  3. Eileen October 14, 2013 at 5:20 am

    I would never have known this was the Reddish Egret. Beautiful shot, Mia!

  4. Greg Gard October 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Great shot!

  5. eric c11 October 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    very good,
    it s an unusual position face to face and wings open like that, great shot mia =))
    have a nice evening

  6. Elephant's Child October 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    And how glad we are that you weren’t skewered. And that you caught and shared this wonderful image. Thank you.

  7. Utahbooklover October 13, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Nice I image Mia, and I also enjoyed your commentary — especially the funny part. I had to read more about the white morph, so I went to Kaufman’s Lives of N. American Birds: “…notable for its two color morphs, Reddish Egrets are either dark or white for life, beginning with the downy stage in the nest. Mated pairs may be of the same or different color morphs, and broods of young may include either or both morphs. Over most of range, dark birds are far more numerous.”

  8. Stu October 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Excellent Photograph! the composition, tone and detail across the birds wings and neck.. and then the cool pose too 😉 and great narrative.

  9. Montanagirl October 13, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Wonderful bird! Always enjoy your commentary describing the action.

  10. Ilze Long October 13, 2013 at 6:13 am

    great picture and love your commentary.

  11. Bob Bushell October 13, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Good looking bird.

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