These birds are half the size of most other herons, but they are very fast flyers. I was able to catch them in flight because they gave me so many chances. The small flock was chasing each other continuously.
It turns out even though small they are fiercesome predators and don’t even get along with members of their own flocks. Must be true I found it on the internet.
After photographing them, about 150 images, I finally had these four. And the one below of one catching his breath.
There is an interaction between mated birds as they greet each other. I had never really thought about it until witnessing the ritual. And in general it’s…a kiss hello.
Here, a male Anhinga returns to the nest. The female (soft brown neck feathers) greets him by rubbing and grabbing his beak. The same ritual, plus resting on each others shoulder, holds true for Egrets and Herons.
Shot in very low light, but with a high end lens. That’s what allowed the egret to be so crisp. A Canon 100-400 on a Canon 7D2 was used here.
A short coming here is the fact, that like all lens, the sharpest images require you to pull back on the focal length. This was at about 300 mm. But the clear image means it can be cropped to a 16×9 with no lose. Also here there was no need for any changes other than the crop for a standard print size.