Snowy Egret Wading in Dark Water

Snowy Egret in dark part of the lagoonSnowy Egret in dark part of the lagoon – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 400, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 310mm, natural light

I like high contrast images at times like dark birds against white snow or white birds against a dark background because they are visually interesting. They certainly aren’t as subtle as some of my images are.

I knew when I photographed this Snowy Egret in a shallow lagoon at Fort De Soto County Park that the dark reflections of the mangroves and mangrove roots on the water would produce a high contrast image. The whites of the egret seemed to glow compared to the inky water. I was sitting in the lagoon with the bird when I photographed this to get a low angle while the egret simply ignored me and hunted for prey.

Life is good.


I photographed this Snowy Egret in November of 2008


  1. Elephants Child June 23, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    The Egret almost glows…
    Love the reflection too.

  2. Patty Chadwick June 23, 2017 at 10:08 am

    What could be better than a snowy, white, egret wading in darkly shaded water! I never get tited of this combination…Beautiful! Interesting reflection, too.

  3. Bob mcphersons June 23, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Beautiful photo MiA.

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