Snowy Egret Portraits

Close up of a hunting Snowy EgretClose up of a hunting Snowy Egret – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1000, ISO 250, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Almost a year ago I felt very fortunate to be able to take a series of Snowy Egret portraits at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in Northern Utah. In fact it was 364 days ago. In Florida I was used to being able to get close to egrets and other wading birds because they were acclimated to humans being close to them but here in Utah they are far more skittish around people and I have had very few opportunities to be close enough to them to take portraits.

It does pay to photograph from a mobile blind here in Utah because this egret just ignored the vehicle and moved closer and closer until I almost wasn’t able to focus on it as it hunted along the shoreline of a pond.

Portrait of a Snowy EgretPortrait of a Snowy Egret – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1600, ISO 250, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

It was a beautiful fall day with just a touch of a chill to the air and the light made the whites of the egret’s plumage seem even brighter than normal. Days like that in the fall are wonderful and this bird made it even better.

Life is good.


I am still having major internet connection issues and yesterday my desktop decided that it was going to force me to update to the Anniversary edition of Windows 10 whether I wanted to be updated or not and that was a more than 5 hour ordeal with the update getting hung while scanning one of my external drives. Technology is amazing but it sure is irritating too.


  1. Elephant's Child September 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    What an absolute beauty.
    I have resisted Windows 10 – after the damn thing hung multiple times trying to update. Good luck.

  2. Patty Chadwick September 22, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Beautiful portraits of a beautiful bird…one I never tire of seeing. Sorry about internet issues…what a pain!!!

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