Snowy Egrets of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

A Snowy Egret scratching its neckA Snowy Egret scratching its neck – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 400, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I may have dipped on the Snowy Owl that was reported at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge this week but in the summer I never dip on the Snowies seen then, the Snowy Egrets. I photographed these Snowy Egrets last August while on the auto tour loop. There were several of them congregated in one area in good light and I took full advantage of that by taking several hundred images of them.

A resting Snowy Egret with its crest plumes raisedA resting Snowy Egret with its crest plumes raised – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 400, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The Snowy Egrets of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge never fail to delight me with their bright white plumage, golden feet, bright yellow lores and feathery plumes. There are times during the summer that I can see as many as one hundred or more of them just going around the auto tour loop once.

Maybe I will see the Snowy Owl before winter is over or maybe not but I know I will see these Snowies before long.

Life is good.


PS: I am so happy that the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by the militant terrorists has come to an end. It is going to take time for the Crime Scene Investigators to process the refuge and then time for refuge staff and volunteers to clean up the disgusting mess the idiots left behind. But the refuge is now back in the hands of people who love it.


  1. Molly February 12, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    What a sculptural bird. Lovely shots, thanks

  2. Utahbooklover February 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Looking forward to seeing these beauties again. I too feel good about the resolution at the Oregon wildlife refuge, with the loss of only one life. And finally charges were filed against Cliven Bundy for the Nevada Bunkerville roundup of some 400 cattle out of the 1000 (about 10 times what his permit had allowed) back in April 2014. The Feds stand down and patience avoided a certain bloodbath back then. Seven others were arrested in six states, leaving two more suspects at large.

  3. Elephant's Child February 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Love that ‘do’.
    And I am so glad that the refuge is just that again.

  4. Catherine B February 12, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Beautiful birds, Great shots;

  5. Patty Chadwick February 12, 2016 at 9:05 am

    There can NEVER be too many shots of this bird!!!

  6. Liz Cormack February 12, 2016 at 6:56 am

    They are so beautiful. Thank you, Mia.

  7. Bob McPherson February 12, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Beautiful images Mia. Technically superb. Please take a bow.

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