Great Egret portrait

Great Egret portrait in dappled lightGreat Egret portrait in dappled light – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I have mentioned many times that when I have the opportunity to take portraits of birds I jump at the chance. In February of 2009 I had met some friends at Lake Seminole in Pinellas County, Florida and when we were done photographing at the lake we all drove over to Indian Shores to see a small but accessible rookery where several species of wading birds congregated.

While walking the boardwalk at the small rookery I was able to get close to this Great Egret that was resting under the canopy of a large tree and took this portrait of it. I only took a few images of the egret and moved on because I didn’t want to disturb it while it rested.

I loved the brilliant blue sky that showed through the dark canopy of the tree, the dappled light, the great view of the egret’s eye and the fluffy feathers on the tip of the egret’s bill that were probably there because the egret had been preening. I also like the S curve of the egret’s neck.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover August 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Wonderful image of serenity is how it looks to me. Thanks for posting.

  2. Elephant's Child August 15, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    A great portrait of a well-named bird.

  3. Patty Chadwick August 15, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Amazing how they can fold up that loooong neck! A beautiful close up!!! Love the deep richness of the blue in contrast to the snowy white….

  4. Bob McPherson August 15, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Beautiful photo Mia.

  5. Kim August 15, 2016 at 6:16 am

    I feel like I can reach out and actually touch his soft feathers! Great pic!

  6. Liz Cormack August 15, 2016 at 5:50 am


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