Snowy Egrets on the Gulf Coast

A Snowy Egret in flight with clouds in the distanceA Snowy Egret in flight with clouds in the distance – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/2000, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Snowy Egrets are migratory birds here in Utah and many of them have already nested but in Florida they were year round residents. There weren’t many times that I missed seeing them when I went to the north beach of Fort De Soto though I did see them a bit less often during their nesting season. These are a few of my images of Snowy Egrets on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

I think Snowy Egrets are graceful both in flight and while on land and water.

Snowy Egret with wings spreadSnowy Egret with wings spread – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 185mm, natural light

I have taken a few images of Snowy Egret when they look goofy or less graceful but that can happen with any bird if you take enough images of them.

I like the challenge of exposing the whites properly so the whites look white and not gray or muddy looking and that shows the fine details in the plumage.

Adult Snowy Egret in flightAdult Snowy Egret in flight – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I also like to take images of Snowy Egrets that show their “Golden Slippers” a name that some people use when speaking of Snowy Egrets.

I’m hoping to add images of Snowy Egrets to my portfolio this summer that might be taken at Farmington Bay WMA or up north at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge. With as much rain as we have had this May it might be nice to have a little “Snow” too.

Life is good.


Images taken in 2008 and 2009.


  1. Humming Bird Lover May 24, 2015 at 8:29 am


    I see them close by ,but not up close! Great photo’s! The colors and eye’s are so clear! Have a great day!

  2. Tom Martin May 23, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Mia, the entire series is wonderful, but I am especially drawn to the raised wings snowy…so very beautiful,
    crisp focus, neat exposure to show it…great. Tom

  3. Lois Bryan May 23, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Lovely, lovely!!!!

  4. Patty Chadwick May 23, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Beautiful images…always get a kick out of thise bright yellow feet…seem so mismatchedc with the birds dark legs…

  5. Elephant's Child May 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    They wear those golden slippers well. Beautiful images Mia. Thank you.

  6. Utahbooklover May 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Very beautiful images. Another rainy weekend but let’s try to have a happy Memorial Day.

  7. Bob Bushell May 23, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Floating in the air, I love them.

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