Snowy Egret Landing at Farmington Bay WMA

Snowy Egret landing at Farmington BaySnowy Egret landing at Farmington Bay – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1600, ISO 250, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

About a year ago there was a gathering of Snowy Egrets at Farmington Bay where they fattened up on the fish and frogs they found there to get ready for migration. There was a lot of fighting and territorial behavior to be seen as they chased each other around when any of the other egrets would catch prey or when a bird would wander to close to another hunting egret. They were quite amusing to watch and photograph and I just never knew when a squabble would start.

Right after I photographed this Snowy Egret landing it started to chase after another egret that had a small fish and they both flew off with their backs to me.

Farmington Bay WMA opens the gates near Goose Egg Island in just a few days and I wonder if the egrets will be back in this same location this year before they head south for the winter. We’ll see!

Life is good.


I had to connect to the internet using the hot spot on my phone to get this posted today so I kept it short. I am not happy with Comcast right now.


  1. Pepe Forte September 12, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Pure avian Ballet. Another great shot Mia. Thanks.

  2. Kim September 12, 2016 at 6:29 am

    This is a “happy” photo. It actually made me giggle. Great shot!

  3. Utahbooklover September 11, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Wonderful image! In today’s Tribune I see SLC now has Google fiber at a reasonable price. If you want to check it out call 844-293-5975 however it is only in the city center at this time.

  4. Elephant's Child September 11, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Loving the angle of that shot…

  5. Lois Bryan September 11, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Oh goodness!!!!!! Glorious capture!!!!!!

  6. Patty Chadwick September 11, 2016 at 7:09 am

    That’s one of the most dramatic images of a snowy I’ve ever seen…I can never get enough images of these beautiful birds!!! Some wonderful to see on this terrible anniversary…..

  7. Liz Cormack September 11, 2016 at 7:08 am

    What a shot…..gorgeous!

  8. Bob McPherson September 11, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia.

  9. Mark Amershek September 11, 2016 at 5:26 am

    We share a common bird these days… So glad that you are a friend on FB.

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