Reddish Egret cleared for landing

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Reddish Egret landingReddish Egret landing – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/750, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm at 260mm, natural light, not baited

This is one of my favorite Reddish Egret images that I have taken at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach. Sure I have closer images of Reddish Egrets, images that show more fine details, images that were taken in better or sweet light but I love this landing pose, the egret’s apparent concentration and the story behind this image.

I had been photographing this Reddish Egret for most of the morning and have a series of it where it was hunting for prey along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico.

What can’t been seen in this image is a white morph Reddish Egret outside of the frame and the reason this Reddish Egret flew in like it did was that this egret was defending it’s territory from the white morph. At the time I thought I was going to see a battle between the two birds but I guess the white morph Reddish Egret decided “there were other fish in the sea” and it flew off right away.



  1. Keith Nichols February 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Beautiful photo, Mia.

  2. Larry Jordan February 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Love, love, love this image Mia! The wave in the background and the motion derived from the wing and head feather pattern of the dark morph Reddish Egret in flight is so moving.

  3. sherry in mt February 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    You are right not every image has to be about the detail. I love the stories.

  4. Lois Bryan February 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    dancing on air!!!!! beautiful!!!

  5. Utahbooklover February 21, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Wonderful action shot and background Mia. Thanks for sharing this image and the story too.

  6. Dave Sparks February 21, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Good work getting the crashing wave, the oblique wing angle, and the dangling landing gear all in one image.

  7. Elephant's Childs February 21, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Wow! What an amazing thing for you (and us) to see. Thank you.

  8. Wally February 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Splendid quality and composition, Mia! Your wonderful photograph immediately transported my spirit to the Fort!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Steve Grobschmidt February 21, 2014 at 9:58 am

    What a great photo!

    The egret itself is beautiful, but the wave background is just stunning.

  10. patty chadwick February 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Beautiful image…lov positions of legs, wings and head…and love, love the waves!!!

  11. Dick Harlow February 21, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Excellent shot Mia, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Bob Bushell February 21, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Wow, that is a beauty, well photographed Mia.

  13. Montanagirl February 21, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Beautiful image, Mia.

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