…morning light is magic…

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

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