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Egret fight (large post)

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Philippe Roger, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. It took me a while to post-process the following sequence (courtesy of the machine gun aka D2H) after my visit to the Palo Alto Baylands Preserve a few weeks back: I just got around to it.

    I didn't know that these big birds could fight each other that agressively with the biggest weapon they have: their long beak! It's amazing that an eye was not put out in that conflict, and it looks like the one which was there before held his ground, errr, branch! :) 

    Just landing to cause trouble

    Maybe if I look bigger, he'll be intimidated?

    Uh-Oh! This is not going so well after all!

    Now I think I really p$ssed him off, didn't I?

    Ouch, he's just huuuuurting me!

    This is no good, I gotta do something, quick!

    He's getting tired, I know it, I can win this, I'm telling you I can!

    Oops, I think I spoke too fast...

    At least I still have all my limbs and eyes!

    All with D2H + 70-200VR + 1.7TC, probably shot too tight (no cropping there!) but the sequence went down so quickly that I didn't react on all fronts: I kept firing trying to keep the action in the finder, that's about it! :oops: 
  2. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Excellent series Philippe. These guys are very aggressive. We saw constant squabbles between individual Snowys and with other species as well at the Alligator Farm.

    Very well done.
  3. Great post they look fantastic, of all the birds I saw down in FLA the Snowys seemed to have the most attitude between themselves. Great series thanks for sharing
  4. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    Love the narrative!

    Super job on the shots too!
  5. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    Great shots! I see that one has a yellow mask, the other is black - was this a male & female?
  6. Wow, quite a series, Philippe!!
  7. Beatifull series Phillipe, fantastic!
  8. Super shots Philippe. One looks like a young one defending it's nest. I bet you were excited while getting and keeping them in the view finder.
  9. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Super series, Philippe!
  10. Excellent series! shows a lot about the nature of these birds
  11. Thank you very much folks for your kind comments! :p 

    I have no idea if this was a male/female thing, a young protecting his nest or just a routine fight so they have something to do, or even something else: is it a snowy vs. a (young) great white egret, by the beak markings?

    Anyway, I had never seen this behavior before but that does not mean much, given that I am not an experienced "birder" by any means... And, yes, I was thrilled to be able to keep pace with the action in the viewfinder. That would have been an impossible sequence with the D70, I think. :roll: :lol:
  12. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Awesome Series of images...I'd be proud as heck to have shot those images. Absolutely outstanding!
  13. Hi Philippe

    Most excellent series :D  Beautifully done, luv the colors, the whole pkg and great sequence. Hope you printed that first shot, most fabulous!!!!

  14. That's a remarkable series, Philippe. Compliments.

    From their appearances, they're both adult and into mating season, as witnessed by the long feather trails on their chests. I think it was sex play, rather than a fight. He said "yes", she said "no", and he retreated.

    I felt the same way when I used the Kenko 1.4X with the 80-200. Next time, I'm just going to use the native lens.
  15. Phillipe, these are outstanding images and your processing superb. Way to go my friend. What a great nature series.
  16. Thanks a bunch again guys and gals! I am blushing now from so much praise of truly accomplished photographers, including all you birdies shooter masters! :oops:  ;-) :lol:

    As far as post-processing, it was very light really, done in Capture, but the WB (Auto -1) was pretty much spot on, as was the exposure (-1.0 EV) in A mode with a rather small aperture, F11, for good DOF. I also had a smidgeon of fill flash in FP mode, but given the distance of perhaps 25-30ft, I doubt it had a big impact... A bit of USM after resize, framing in PS and voila! :p 

    I haven't printed any of these yet, but I think I will: heck, I may even try one of the online outfits for a larger size, say 16x20, not sure they would withstand 20x30 though: any tips for doing that :?:
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