…morning light is magic…

Reddish Egret Silhouette

Tried to go to the Texas City Dike this morning but it was closed due to a small oil spill – bummer.  Tried to make the best of it by heading further south to Galveston.  Was thinking about going to Bolivar but my gut told me to head to the east end of Galveston instead.  As I drove along the east end, it was pretty dead so I decided to try east beach instead.  I’ve learned to trust my gut when it comes to wildlife photography and this time it paid off.  Got lucky with several Willets, a couple of White Morph Reddish Egrets and this Reddish Egret hanging around the jetty.

My original goal was to take some flight shots so I left the tripod and ground pod in the car, which ended up being a big mistake on my part.  Ended up laying down and shooting hand-held for some of the shots.  Haven’t had time to go through all of them yet but here is a silhouette of the Reddish Egret that I like.

Taken with Canon 7D and  100-400 lens

1/1250 sec @ F5.6, ISO 200, evaluative metering at +1/3 exp compensation, no flash

8 responses

  1. Patti Edens

    Beautiful shot! I love the composition – perfect placement of the Egret and the reflection fades at just the right spot. I like the little wavy effect on the water so that the reflection does not distract from the subject.

    Excellent work.

    August 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

  2. Nice shot Tim love the back lite Egret.

    Very nice,

    August 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

  3. Doug Haass

    Nice colors and a clean silhouette. Good job as usual Tim.

    August 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm

  4. Nice capture Tim!! Great use of early morning light……….


    August 21, 2011 at 9:19 am

  5. Thanks Patti. He was very cooperative that day.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

  6. Thanks George. I’m a big fan of back lit birds, as you may know.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

  7. Thanks Doug.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

  8. Thanks Sheldon. Time for you to make a road trip this direction.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

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