Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Great egret on a dreary day, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Great egret on a dreary day

I chose the day for my first trip to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge last month based on the forecast of a cloudy day. I really enjoy shooting under cloudy skies since it means nice even lighting during the day, and that I can shoot in reasonable light for more than just sunrise and sunset. However, my trip on this day was not the nice high clouds I was hoping for, but instead ground level fog and light rain all day. The birds didn't seem to mind though, and I was able to watch all kinds of waterbirds enjoying the weather. There was a large number of great egrets and snowy egrets in the marsh along the main road -- far more than I've seen on any of my return trips so far.

Preening egret

I enjoyed watching this great egret preen along the edge of a salt pond, and the feeling of the dreary day added a bit to the image I think. It wouldn't have quite the same mood if was under blue skies and direct sunlight, and I might not have been able to capture the same kind of reflection either.

Preening egret, reflected

View more photos of great egrets in my Egrets and Herons Gallery.

Submitted to World Bird Wednesday -- Follow the link to check out this week's posts.

17 comments:

  1. gorgeous feather detail! wonderful light and shadow play!

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  2. Great serie. I love hoe "fluffy" the egret looks on the 1st one :)

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  3. simply delightful photographs of the egret; such a special day out

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  4. Beautiful photos. I really need to learn how to manage those overcast days. Yours look delightful.

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  5. Great shots and the dreary day certainly helped get those lovely reflections and gentle lighting.

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  6. The egrets are beautiful birds, lovely photos.

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  7. Great close ups Pat. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  8. I have never seen a Great egrets feathers so perfectly exposed. It is so easy to lose detail in a white out. These shots really show your talent and commitment to great nature photography. Mood,composition,light. I am knocked out Pat.
    Bravo!

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  9. Brilliant shots Pat!! You truly are a great photographer! Such beautiful birds captured so well - I am in awe.

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  10. I think you've found a great location Pat.

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  11. Gorgeous bird and awesome photos!

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  12. Stunning photos, Pat! Gorgeous!

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  13. Well done! Well worth the trip I would say!

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