Although we have Great Egrets in Durham Township, this photo was taken on Sunday at Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, where I spent the last week swimming, relaxing and observing wildlife.
It was a wonderfully foggy day on Sunday with excellent soft light to photograph birds. I was sitting on the edge of a marina pier when this Egret flew overhead.
The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America.
Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens at 200mm, ISO 400, f/8, shutter 1/2000s. 80% crop plus Curves for a contrast boost. No other processing needed -- the fog provided a great backdrop to bring out the bird's details.
Thank you for visiting Durham Township!
Outstanding capture with great details of the wing feathers
Wonderful! I've always just loved the way egrets' legs float behind them. I always check to see what lens you're using. I've just rented that one! It arrived today.
What an elegant shot to open the second half! Make a great duck stamp except for one little........(really way too sophisticated for a duck stamp anyway!)
Prehistorically impressive . . you have made this looks so easy . .
WOW! Awesome. So beautiful. It should be a stamp!
I literally made an "mm" noise when I saw this. I love the crispness of the wings, they look like they're made of paper.
It's beautiful how the light is captured; the egret stands out even though the sky is almost the same colour.
Superb capture, Kathleen. Perfect exposure!
so greatly captured...
Even when Kathleen is on her relaxing vacation
She shares with us this winged creation.
The egret flies, just looking for it's next dinner
Kathleen shoots, just hoping, the picture is a winner
And we enjoy the results as our recreation.
It's hard to get birds sometimes, but you got a good shot there!
It's so perfect it looks like it's been stuffed and put on display at a museum. Amazing that you managed to catch this while in mid-flight. Like others have said, the detail is wonderful.
I'm in awe of both creature and photograph. Just stunning.
Wow. That's all I have to say.
Amazing capture, just the right moment of a bird in flight!
An amazing capture. A beautiful bird completely stopped in motion.
You can really light up my morning! What a beautiful, beautiful shot. Thank-you, Kathleen.
You're not kidding -- that's a great egret! WOW!
Beautiful colours and details! You really caught this one perfectly Kathleen. Excellent work.
u got some talent!
I jumped in my chair when I saw this.
I think Audubon would have been proud to have made this image.
Not your usual subject matter, and I like that.
Fantastic detail in the feathers. Perfect pose/beat of flight. Stunning bird, just stunning.
Stunning! Perfect capture.
The details are fantastic... And tack sharp picture... Great picture...
"Capture" this lingo is new to me (I got my photography degree just before the digital age).
Is this the new word for "shot" and "picture"?
Stunning... This is one of my favorites of your photos.
Your photoblog is my homepage when I get onto the internet. I love seeing what you've done, what images you've captured. And now, I await your next one....!
i love your photos.
would you like to see my photo blog?
i will be happy.
This is stunning. He/she looks perfect. The balance of tones in this photo is superb.
very clean one, nice shot.
beate, I have noticed the insertion of "capture" since being exposed to (sorry) younger digital creative types, (like that K woman) and in the earlier days of digital, the "shutter" delay was extremely pronounced. The attempt to accurately snap a given event moment was (and on most digital cameras still is) a real timing contest. I have tried to catch birds, planes, cats, dogs and kids in motion and after a while I feel like a hunter trying to anticipate the next move of the "prey" in order to successfully execute the "capture." Another factor in the changing lexicon is the attempt by "marketing forces" to get and hold our attention by making the most boring, or at least ordinary things sound new and/or exciting--like referring to a computer software program or an accounting system as being "robust!" LOL! If we now indicate a rose as being an "extraordinary, chromatic/aromatic, multi-layered, sensory stimulous event display, is it still a ........?
Or to put it another way, yes.
Absolutely amazing. How did you get the egret to stop and pose.
Hai friend I like Your photos .
Posted a White Faced Heron in a very similar pose myself a few days ago. Not as sharp and thanks for your EXIF I will be increasing the shutter speed for the next attempt. Love the detail and as you stated the fog set off a nice background too.
WOW ! absolutely stunning capture
Great snapshot and details.
White on white just disappears. We may blend into our surroundings; we may be invisible in a crowd, but that doesn't mean that we don't have the strength, the power and the determination to do what is right. Any one of us can be the stone that tips the scales, the straw that breaks the camels back, the snowflake that starts the avalanche. If we all work together, no matter our color, creed or religion, there is nothing we can't accomplish.
We used to have eagrets in a tree next door when I lived at my parent's house. Those dude would make some crazy sounds. Aren't they endangered?
Kathleen - another phenomenal image - sharp details - the usual AWESOME!!!!
A fantastic studie of the feathers - superb shot.