Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Taking Flight: Great Egret


While photographing wildlife nothing can replace time, time spent afield. After photographing this Great Egret perched at the Joe Overstreet Boat Dock over a period of twenty minutes the bird decided to relocate. With wings spread and feet leaving its perch the image materialized before my lens.

With wildlife anything can happen. Seldom do I plan my best shots. I have found what works for me is simply being there and being prepared. With that being said many times I see “the shot” materialize and then dissolve before I can bring the camera into play.

The challenge of capturing these moments in time when everything comes together is what keeps me returning time and time again to the great outdoors.


11 comments:

Shellmo said...

this is plain excellent Salty! Love the angle - the lighting is perfect and the pose is interesting!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

A beautiful capture.I agree that just being at the right place at the right time often results in photos.
Blessings,Ruth

Meggie said...

You sure got a beauty of a shot this time, Salty. I'm guessing your camera was already positioned as the bird began its flight. Not always the case, I know.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Another magnificent capture Coy. Nothing like being in the right place at the right time.:)

Leedra said...

It is a great capture! This is what keeps us out there, for that shot that is so much better than the last one....of the same bird or animal.

Kerri said...

I agree totally! Sometimes you just have to wait for the shot to come to you....and if you wait long enough, and are prepared, it usually does.

Fabulous shot!

Ivar Ivrig said...

Wow. I'm in deep envy of your skills.
These bird shots are great. Very well done, Salty.

photowannabe said...

I love what you capture Salty. Your pictures have so much personality. Beautiful take-off.

fishing guy said...

Salty: That is a super capture of the Egret. I agree completely with your lesson. Be ready and good things will happen.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Pretty cool image, Dad.

Judy said...

Wonderful image, and so unusual, too. Good thing you were all set up, ready to catch it.
Thanks for sharing!