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Old Mar 23, 2010, 4:09 PM   #1
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The snowy Egret is one of my favorite birds around here to photograph. Most of the time its way too bright out to get a good exposure and not blow out all the detail. The sun was out this day but, was partly cloudy and I managed to keep the highlights fairly within reason. He put on quite a show trying to ignore us and concentrate on his fishing. I didn't do any color corrections except auto white balance in camera raw and, all the shots were taken with the same settings so, I'm not certain what made the water turn out like it did in different shots.

#1. patiently waiting...


#2. Fire away!



#3. OK... so I missed, want to make something of it!


#4. Maybe if I try a different direction... this is so humiliating...



#5. I can't bear to look at them...


#6. These people are starting to bug me...


#7. I mean really bug me!


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Old Mar 23, 2010, 4:44 PM   #2
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Oh, I sure did... Again, the water scenes... action of the bird... really spot on stuff. The last photo brought the house down. One could make a poster with this, it's a real scream. Thanks for sharing these. Ned
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Old Mar 23, 2010, 5:12 PM   #3
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This is a priceless moment.

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Old Mar 23, 2010, 7:35 PM   #4
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Hi GW,

Some very good work!!!

This is one of the reasons I like shooting Herons and Egrets. I'd rather watch these guys fish than Roland Martin and Bill Dance. . .(but I must admit to having done that in the past. . .)

#4 is a good illustration of penolta's explanation of how Snowy Egrets use their yellow feet to provice contrast underwater so they can see fish swimming over them. It looks like the Snowy fishes closer to the body than the GBH. Usually, the GBH have their necks fully extended while watching for fisn, then tilt their head just before striking, and plunge at close to full neck length from their body. The Great Egrets I've seen seem to do the same.

We still have a little snow on the ground. Last week, it got up to 70, then we got over 2" of snow over the weekend, and it's remained pretty cold. . . You're making me very jealous. . .

But very soon, I should be busy with the spring migration. . . if it ever really warms up. . .

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Old Mar 23, 2010, 9:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the comments you guys,
so glad you liked them.
Sars Joyce, I need to hang that up at work and just say don't bug me! LOL.
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Great sequence, GW. Love the attention to detail....gives you all kinds of emotion.

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Have to agree with everyone's comments, brilliant shots!
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That last one is so funny - looks like a bad-hair day.
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 11:35 PM   #9
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Good story telling too....the last one looked familiar to me...oh ya, the day I pissed off the Mrs.......
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very nice series, But the last one if a treasure.
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