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Egrets in Breeding Plumage

Discussion in 'Birds' started by BillW, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. BillW


    Apr 16, 2006
    Orlando, Florida
    I finally got out to Gatorland again last weekend. The egrets were all dressed up in their breeding plumage.
    Here are a couple from the outing.

    Great Egret
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    Snowy Egret
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    Thanks for looking. Comments always appreciated.
  2. Great shots Bill, first one being my fav :smile:
  3. Great Detail, beautiful bird well captured
  4. Love the Snowie
  5. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
  6. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    A Gatorland Question

    When is prime nesting time and when are there chicks in the nest?

    I'm kinda thinking of attempting a 3 day weekend to shoot down there.
  7. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    St Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery is better
    Season is now through june .. trust me late june is way to HOT!!!! and not as active
    Harry and I are going monday
    April -May is best
  8. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005

    I was thinking of making a long weekend trip down to St Augustine some time in the next month or so. Let me know when you are thinking of going down.


    Very nice shots. You've just whetted my desire to come down even more. :smile:
  9. BillW


    Apr 16, 2006
    Orlando, Florida
    Thanks Panos;
    I've always wanted to get a photo of them in full display.

    Thanks Gary for aking time to look.

    Thanks Nick;
    He looked like he wanted to say "WHY ARE YOU BOTHERING ME"

    Thanks Gale;
    That's a great photo thanks for sharing.
    These are the first shots that I've gotten with the plumage and displays.
    The snowy's are really noisy with their courting.
  10. BillW


    Apr 16, 2006
    Orlando, Florida
    At Gatorland, The Great Egrets have been on the nests for at least a few weeks. There should be chicks appearing any time now.
    The Snowy Egrets are just starting to build nests, so that activity should extend over the next six or eight weeks.

    I haven't been to St. Augustine, but I'm want to get up there this year.

    Thanks Frank;
    Come on down. It's great when they are nesting.
  11. Beautiful shots, Bill.
  12. jimmyc1000


    Jun 14, 2006
    Very nice shots. I like the composition of both. The first shoulder/back of the great egret shot is a little hot. Other than that, great.
  13. Great shots, Bill. Glad to see the Snowys in their breeding attire.

    Actually, I wouldn't say St Aug is better, just different. Gatorland offers some of the same species as St Aug but also has some species that don't nest in St Aug. Both are great places to get close to the nests. In my opinion, Gatorland has the edge for the variety of possibilities capturing flight shots due in part to the 3-story observation deck.
  14. that first shot is beautiful!!!

    Best Regards
  15. Focus Pocus

    Focus Pocus

    Oct 19, 2006
    Boise, Idaho
    Those are outstanding images! Thanks for sharing!

  16. BillW


    Apr 16, 2006
    Orlando, Florida
    Thanks Phil;
    I've tried to put to use some of the tips i received at MI IV.

    Thanks Jimmy;
    These shots are the JPEG's straight out of the camera with only crop and slight sharpening. I shoot both Raw and JPEG so I'll have a look at the raw files later.

  17. Beautiful! :smile:
  18. tomj


    Feb 5, 2006
    Wonderful shots Bill.

    I love the first one. Cool!!

  19. BillW


    Apr 16, 2006
    Orlando, Florida
    Thanks Sandi;
    I'm glad you liked them.

    Thanks Tom;
    That seems to be the favorite.
  20. WOW! Totally beautiful! Hmmm, maybe I should go over to the Heard Museum - I bet I could get a few shots of these guys too! Saw some last year but didnt' have long enough lenses.
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