No, I wasn’t so close as to be sticking the camera right in his face. That’s abusing this animal. I was close, but that was of his doing too.
I was shooting Egrets and he raised up from the brush in front of me. I knelt, took this shot, and went back to what I was doing.
He laid back down and went about what he was doing.
This shot was after I stood back up. I found out later he just wanted to cross the dike to get to the shallow water and I was in his way.