Cattle Egret

20150414_D4_39480-EditA Cattle Egret coming in for a landing at a rookery in Bradenton, FL. This Cattle Egret was captured near the end of a morning of photographing with a couple of friends. We all ended up with many keepers, and this is just one of the ones I got. They are easy to miss because they can land so quickly. Fortunately, I saw this guy coming and was ready for him.

This rookery was a mob scene of nesting and nest building birds. They were flying in pretty much non-stop the entire time we were there. It was so crowded that it was difficult to get an image of just this one bird. Truth be told, there was an out of focus Wood Stork perching right under the incoming Cattle Egret, so I cloned him out of the picture. Also, a few distracting branches were cloned out of the final image.

Taken on a beautiful April morning with a Nikon D4, Nikon 80-400 f4.5-5.6 lens @ 400 mm, 1/4000 sec., f 6.3, ISO 400, handheld.

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5 Responses to Cattle Egret

  1. Morris Emigh

    That’s the best Cattle Egret picture ever. Once again – great work!

    At 1/4000th – did you have to pump up the exposure in Photoshop?

    • No, by the time this was shot it was almost 9 am and the light was getting pretty harsh. I always try to “expose to the right” to minimize any noise in the shadows. This was exposed very well as shot, if anything I probably toned the highlights down a little bit.

  2. fred mccready

    wow. what a beautiful picture. I felt like I could touch the bird.great job. fred

  3. fred mccready

    beautiful picture. I felt like I could touch the bird. fred

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