Gulf Shore Great Egret with a Loose Head Feather

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Great Egret with one loose featherGreat Egret with one loose feather – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 270mm, natural light

While working on my new photo galleries yesterday I cam across this image of a Great Egret that I had never processed and decided to share it this morning. I took this in October of 2008 at the north beach of Fort De Soto County Park on the shoreline early in the morning when there was still a bit of the golden light of dawn. It might look like sky in the background but it was actually the water in the  Gulf of Mexico.

It was one of those times when the bird approached me so close that even at 80mm I couldn’t fit the entire egret in the frame so I decided to take portraits instead. The egret paid zero attention to me as it searched for prey in the waves lapping the shore.

This might be the only image I have in my portfolio that shows a Great Egret with a loose head feather waving above its head at such a jaunty angle. And I like it, I like it a lot. Even nature’s imperfections are perfect.

Life is good.



  1. Molly May 9, 2016 at 11:17 pm


  2. Patty Chadwick May 9, 2016 at 8:12 am

    That’s a very stylish bird…if you can’t have a feather in your hat, you wear one on your head…smart!!!

  3. Bob McPherson May 9, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia. Appears to be on the way to the Barber Shop.

  4. Kathryn Duchene May 9, 2016 at 6:17 am


  5. Liz Cormack May 9, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Didn’t you just want to reach out & pluck the feather? Love this photo.

  6. Roger Burnard May 9, 2016 at 5:03 am

    I always enjoy seeing a bit of “whimsey” in a photo, and this one made me smile. For me, Fort De Soto County Park, north beach,
    is just 51 miles from my front door here in Sarasota. I was up there myself last Sunday, and was lucky enough to find a white morph
    Reddish Egret, along with a variety of shore birds. Yes Mia, as you always say.. “life is good.”

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