Great Egrets were the most frequently sighted bird species during our visit to Chincoteage and Assateague. Being white they were easily see stalking about the salt marshes whereas most other species could easily disappear in the dense vegetation.
The slow deliberate movements of a hunting egret makes them an easy target for the photographer although proper exposure can be problematic. When shooting white subjects it is very easy to over expose loosing feather detail.
The best egret shot of the trip occurred when we spotted a bird perched on a pine blow-down. The warm early morning sun illuminating the bird while the background remained in deep shadow made a perfect "natural studio".