Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Great Egret


A very elegant bird, the Great Egret population was once decimated by “Plume” hunters. In the past there was considerable demand for their long lacy breeding plumage. High fashion ladies hats were often adorned with the long lacy feathers.

Today the population has recovered from this wasteful practice and Great Egrets can frequently be seen slowly stalking the shallows of Lake Parker in search of prey.

I found it to be somewhat difficult at times obtaining correct exposure of these birds. The whites frequently were hot while the background was underexposed.

8 comments:

Stacey Huston said...

Beautiful shot. I can relate to the white dilema, shooting animals on snow has been an issue for me.. Thanks for sharing

ASH's Eye said...

Only 100,000 shots?!? Oh no! Dad said he already took around 20,000 with it - I'll blow through the rest in no time :)

Your egret shot is beautifully done, and its good to know the egret himself is safe from plume hunters. I am feeling a serious need to visit Lake Parker :)

Meggie said...

What a majestic bird...elegant indeed! The white looks so vivid with the background and swamp grass...very nice, Salty!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Good job, Dad.

oldmanlincoln said...

This is a very nice bird, Salty. I like it a lot.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio.

Kerri said...

Fabulous! I LOVE how she is framed between the reeds!

Old Wom Tigley said...

I am glad the fashion is now looked down upon. Feathers for the hatting industry saw off many birds in the past.

Tom

fishing guy said...

Salty: I can remember the Egrets working every water source as we drove in Florida. It's a very pretty bird. Thanks for sharing.