…morning light is magic…

Cattle Egrets in Breeding Plumage from High Island

Cattle Egrets tend to be overlooked by birders and bird photographers, including myself.  However, with breeding plumage on  display and some decent early morning light, they can be quite beautiful.  These shots were taken at the High Island, TX rookery on Friday.  There are more cattle egrets at the rookery this year than I’ve ever seen.  Since the Great Egret’s weren’t doing much, I focused on these little guys.  The early morning light gave me some good back-lit photography opportunities.

Taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 lens on tripod with Sidekick gimbal mount.

1/5000 sec @ F5.6, ISO 250, spot metering with +1 exposure compensation

1/800 sec @ F5.6, ISO 250, spot metering with +2/3 exposure compensation

1/800 sec @ F5.6, ISO 250, spot metering with +2/3 exposure compensation

1/1000 sec @ F5.6, ISO 250, spot metering with +1/3 exposure compensation

2 responses

  1. I love back-lit silhouettes as much as the next guy, but I really love the ones with color and detail. That’s some sweet shots.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

    • Thanks Doug. Finally had some good light at High Island. It’s been hit or miss this year so far at the rookery. Not much happening with the Great Egrets so I was glad that these little guys were flying around.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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