The Egret Flies

The Egret FliesThis is one of a series of seven photographs, you can view the rest at Rakmil Photography

Egrets have been the bane of my efforts in nature photography, always a bit too far away.

It was just sheer luck that on an early morning walk, an Egret flew in close to our path. After landing it was engrossed for the most part in hunting, but from the series you can see it was wary. A long stretched neck stance indicates it is contemplating staying or fleeing.

Like all of the Heron family they can change their appearance by ruffling their feathers, dancing about, getting deeper in the water and shaking it off, quite theatrical, quite photogenic.

I am told the best way to get photographs of Egrets is to go to a place where they are known to visit. Arrive there before them, and remain very still while taking your pictures. At this time of year, the Egrets are interested in feeding their young and once they have their prey are off back to the nest.

11 responses

  1. I love the profile view and the last one is incredible!

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    July 8, 2013 at 6:25 am

  2. Hi Victor, some day you must visit SC at egret nesting time. They are very accessible and pretty much ignore us in their aviaries. Don’t know if you saw this post http://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/weekly-challenge-the-world-through-my-eyes-ii/ featuring a newborn and its mom. Your shots are lovely – I love it when they fluff up!

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    July 8, 2013 at 8:00 am

  3. Interesting information about an unusual bird. Good post.

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    July 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    • Remember that old advertising tag for movies ” a year in the making .” I hope to do many more series. I appreciate your comments.

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      July 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

  4. What a nice series!

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    July 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  5. Pingback: We Now Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Great Blue Heron Programming – Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree | Babsje Heron

  6. Sarah

    Lovely photographs!

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    August 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm

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