Category Archives: Egret

OK – Now I Wait, Great Egret

I missed the actual catch. Not by much, you can see the ripples in the water. But I was just not ready, and in a fraction of a second he had the fish.

OK - Now I Wait, Great Egret
OK – Now I Wait, Great Egret
OK - Now I Wait, Great Egret
OK – Now I Wait, Great Egret

It might have been a Catfish, and this one was not giving up.

OK - Now I Wait, Great Egret
OK – Now I Wait, Great Egret
OK - Now I Wait, Great Egret
OK – Now I Wait, Great Egret

If the fish has sharp gills the Egret will not eat it while it still moves. That seems like a good idea.

The problem is other things will want his fish too.

OK - Now I Wait, Great Egret
OK – Now I Wait, Great Egret

He kept watching for a thief and finally made the move to eat it.

Not a moment too soon, the ultimate fish thief was heading over.

OK - Now I Wait, Great Egret
OK – Now I Wait, Great Egret

I could see the Alligator swimming over and tried to keep an angle that might allow me to get both in the same frame.

The Egret was having none of it. He managed to eat and fly at the same time. The Gator never got close enough for that shot.

 

Best Spot In The Marsh

I’ve mentioned and photographed this exact spot a lot.

The best fishing spot in a 18,000 acre marsh.

This time it was a Great Egret.

Best Spot In The Marsh
Best Spot In The Marsh

Same day, a little earlier…

Best Spot In The Marsh
Best Spot In The Marsh

Black-crowned Night Heron.

Also a pair of Bald Eagles usually hide up in large pines just off to the left here.

Pretty amazing!

Great Egret Passing By

Taken in an old rice field, now a huge marsh.

Great Egret Passing By
Great Egret Passing By

Most Great Egrets are out here now rather than the swamps. Hunting is much easier.

Great Egret Passing By
Great Egret Passing By
Great Egret Passing By
Great Egret Passing By

It’s much easier to get in flight shots here since it’s an open flat marsh.

Great Egret Passing By
Great Egret Passing By

They still need to cooperate some though.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Great Egret Marsh Scene

The Egret did most of the work here.

I was out at a wildlife area and rooted myself in one spot. This Egret slowly worked his way to me and gave me a few decent images.

The first (below) has the bird in the distance when he first appeared from around the corner of an open canal between the marsh grass. It’s a good example of just how high this stuff can grow out there.

Great Egret Marsh Scene
Great Egret Marsh Scene

Ultimately the Egret took up a spot along the side and poked about in the brush.

Great Egret Marsh Scene
Great Egret Marsh Scene

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Egret Over A Marsh Cemetery

Something a little different, still wildlife though.

The back side of this marsh, and the Cooper River, run along several old cemeteries. Below a Great Egret flew through Magnolia Cemetery.

Egret Over A Marsh Cemetery
Egret Over A Marsh Cemetery

Getting the Palms along with Spanish Moss and old headstones added a new element to an Egret in flight shot.

Best viewed large.