Egret Chicks

Discussion in 'Birds' started by HarryB, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Hi You'll,

    Here's a few pics of egret chicks from my visit to the rookery. The egrets like to nest in areas with alligators because the gators keep other predators like raccoons from their nest. The Great Egrets will usually lay three eggs. The last one that hatches is the smallest and is usually killed and/or pushed out of the nest by the older two. The gators get a small reward for their protection. As I was shooting the chicks I kept flashing back to the raptors in the Jurassic Park movies.

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  2. Wow, very interesting shots Harry. My fovorite is image #3 which shows just how small the chicks are next to their parent. Well done.
     
  3. drueter

    drueter

    963
    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    WOW! Great shots Harry! Were you able to get pretty close to the nests at the alligator farm or are these cropped a bit? Nice exposure on the white birds.
     
  4. Fantastic captures, Harry! The nesting location for my local egrets is on a small island in the middle of the lake, so I never have seen the chicks. Love it 8).
     
  5. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thanks Gordon. It was a fascinating place to visit.
     
  6. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Hey Don,

    The Alligator Farm built a boardwalk through the rookery that's about 8-10 feet off the water. You can get very close to the birds and you are not on ground level. I could have reached in a taken a egg from a couple of the nests I saw. I started out shooting with my 300mm and 1.4 but had to switch to my 80-400. The first shot wasn't cropped at all, the 2 & 3 were cropped slightly and the last shot was probably a 30% crop. Here's a shot of the rookery at 80mm
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  7. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thaks Frank. It helps when the locals are kind enough to build a boardwalk through the rookery. :D
     
  8. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Harry,

    These are some of the best birdie shots that I have seen here on the Cafe. The combo of the D2H, 80-400VR, and your shooting skills is certainly paying off. These shots are well composed, the exposures are spot on, the colors are beautifully saturated, and they are sharp as a tack.

    I just can't wait to get down there an shoot with you guys. I just hope that there are some targets as good as these to shoot when I get there. 8)

    Frank
     
  9. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Hey Frank,

    Thanks so much for the kind words. I prefer my 300mm/f4 but there at times when the 80-400 is invaluable. Most of my shoots at the rookery were at less than 300mm. I came very close to selling the 80-400 after I got the 300mm but I am really glad that I held off.
     
  10. Beautiful pictures, what a great opportunity that must have been.

    Martin
     
  11. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Thanks Martin. It was a great opportunity to shoot. I can't wait until I get back there.
     
  12. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    What can I say.

    JUST FANTASTIC, HARRY !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Those little ones are just to darn cute.
     
  13. HarryB

    HarryB

    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Hey Gale,

    Glad you liked them. I don't know about the cute part though. They are mean little suckers.
     
  14. Nice shots Harry. :D :D :D
     
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