I finished this in B&W for a web site I work with, then decided to publish here too.
I’m sure color versions will make their way here. This was taken using a spot metering and fast shutter method. While it doesn’t work with all images a big white bird is a perfect subject.
You could see it coming and around here that happens fast.
Birds were heading for good placing to hunker down.
As bad as it looked, turned out to be a few drops and wind.
Better to be safe though.
A Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill.
These two walked along the shallows picking and poking. They didn’t give the other a thought at all.
Above the Spoonbill caught a big tadpole, the Egret just kept looking on his own.
I think the Spoonbill is a little too big for the usual Snowy attitude.
ACE Basin, South Carolina.
In the morning it was a typical Lowcountry fall day. Dark, almost rain, sun peeking through.
Clouds can add some nice drama to a white bird flight shot.
If the rain did open up here we had a problem. Well, mostly Ellen. I had dropped her off to check a dike trail but I had to keep going. This was a grass track and no room to leave a car.
Got lucky. Egret flight, rain waited until later.
A quick catch of a Great Egret low over a marsh.
Not much time for the shot, but all things considered I’ll take it.
This was once a favorite nesting location. Storms and a few too many years have taken a toll.
It still works pretty good if there isn’t too many at the same time.
On the edge of one of the old large rice fields this Great Egret, and some Great Blues, moved around low.
If they stay at this height the background reeds add to the photos. A little higher and the blue sky makes it a struggle.
I must have missed this Egret land in the scrub brush. Taken on the ‘wrong’ side of a dike road. All the action is in the marsh side, except him.