Nesting Ritual at High Island
The rookery at High Island is my favorite place to go this time of year. Lots of Great Egrets, Spoonbills, Snowy Egrets and a few others right in front of you. The best place around to get up close and personal with the birds. I usually get there way too early before the sun comes up and have to use a flashlight along the trail to get to the platforms. I didn’t used to use a flashlight until I found an alligator on the trail one year. I love the back lighting that you can get in the morning. The sun comes up in your face but the lighting can be magic. Just have to put up with a few thousand mosquitos at that time of day.
The Great Egrets are fun to watch when they build their nests. They make quite the scene when one finds a stick and brings it back to the nest. Lots of squawking ensues and you would have thought that he brought back a gold plated stick, but no, just a stick.
All taken with Canon 7D on tripod.
1/640 sec @F5.6, ISO 400, spot metering, + 1/3 exp compensation
1/250 sec @F5.6, ISO 400, spot metering, + 2/3 exp compensation