Snowy Egret Descending Into Darkness

This is a six image series of a Snowy Egret in flight as it loses elevation in order to land. I’ve posted one of the photos previously.

 

1/4000, f/6.3, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

I photographed this bird earlier this month at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. The egret was coming in for a landing near the shore and I was fortunate enough to lock on and keep it in focus for six shots without clipping any body parts. Typical of egrets in this situation it was largely a gliding approach so all the flight postures are somewhat similar but I do enjoy seeing the changes in the background as the bird descends.

 

 

1/4000, f/6.3, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

I don’t like this composition because the bird is too low in the frame. After I rotated the image to get the horizon level I didn’t have enough room at the bottom but I thought the image added important context to the series so I included it.

 

 

1/4000, f/6.3, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

A bit about the background and why the bottom portion of the image is becoming so dark. There’s two layers of phragmites back there – the golden hues at top are dead phrags but just below them are dark green living ones. Those living phrags…

 

 

1/5000, f/6.3, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

and now their reflection in the water of the pond produced the dark greens. This is the photo I posted previously.

 

 

1/4000, f/6.3, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

There’s significant contrast between bird and background in these last two shots so I was pleased to pretty much nail the exposure.

Apologies for the “pretty much” in the previous sentence – that may be an old Montana’ism left over from my years on the farm and I’ve never been able to shake it. It’s kind of like “pertineer” for pretty near and to be honest I really don’t try very hard to lose either one of them.

 

 

1/3200, f/6.3, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

The egret’s angle of attack in the air became steeper as it approached the chosen landing spot. This is the last sharp shot I was able to get without clipping anything.

I don’t get many photos of Snowy Egrets in flight that I like very much so I’ve probably overdone it here, especially since the flight postures are quite similar. Hopefully the interesting changes in background compensate a little for the “blizzard of snowies”.

Ron

 

 

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