I stopped off at the local lake to see if the Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets had returned from their winter holidays yet. It's been pretty boring this year, with nothing but Canada Geese and ducks to shoot. Mallards are beautiful and even pose for portraits, but I'm anxious to try out my new 80-200 zoom on the white egrets. Recently, an influx of gulls, driven inland by bad weather, have offered good opportunities to practice techniques for photographing flying birds. Unfortunately, today's flight pattern was very high... View attachment 5805 ... and I only got a few tries at low altitude shots. View attachment 5806 But while I was snapping away at gulls that were out of range, a larger bird glided over my head. View attachment 5807 View attachment 5808 View attachment 5809 I've been advised that it may be a turkey vulture, but it was truly beautiful, and I was thrilled to grab a few shots of it. The shoot ended on an even more excited note when I ran across this new arrival. View attachment 5810 The Snowy Egrets are back! More to follow .