Snowy Egret in breeding plumage at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

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Snowy Egret in breeding plumage at Bear River Migratory Bird RefugeSnowy Egret in breeding plumage at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/3200, ISO 500, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Mornings this time of the year at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge are cool, delightful and early on the subjects can appear to glow from the soft light like this Snowy Egret. The dark green reflections on the water are from rushes and the dark water show cases the snowy white plumage of the egret and accentuates the reddish color of the lores that indicate the egret is in breeding plumage. I suspect that before too long I will be seeing young Snowy Egrets learning how to hunt on their own at the refuge before they all head south later in the year.

Snowy Egrets might not get as many “wows” as the Burrowing Owls I posted yesterday but I feel every bird species is important and all of them have a place in my portfolios. Especially the more common ones.

Life is good.

Mia

4 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover June 25, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Another beautiful image, nicely contrasted by the dark green water. So hot for June!

  2. Elephant's Child June 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Of definitely another WOW bird.
    But I can’t at the moment think of any which are not.

  3. Patty Chadwick June 24, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I appologize for all the text errors…very tense, messing up big time…meant tosay “one of my all time favorites to paint”…P

  4. Patty Chadwick June 24, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Here’s one WOW!!! Fr tat Snowy! I LOVE these elegant gorgeous bird, on o y all time favorite subjects to paint…Snowies ad watercolors are a perfect fit. My son just moved into a new house with a tiny pond in the back. He wasnt happy about the move but discovered a Great Blue and a Snowy were regular visitors. They take turns. I am sooooo jealous, but happy for him.

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