Showy Snowy Egrets

April 11, 2023

I t's spring and the Snowy Egrets are brilliant.  Courtship and securing a good nest site is on their mind. They're very vocal, aggressive towards other waders that approach too close, and they are showing off their brilliant plumes. 

I had the good fortune to spend time with showy Snowy Egrets at the peak of courtship last week.  Courtship was at its peak for most. Nest building was underway for a few. 

The trick to photographing them was the light that filtered trough the trees.  One minute they were shadowed; the next they were in the sun.  It all comes together when the bird is in the sun and the background is in the shadows.  I liked this image in color, b ut I think I like it more in black and white.


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