This Great Egret was all bristled up while chasing off another egret from its nesting area. The breeding plumage can not only be used for attracting a mate, but also to intimidate an unwanted visitor. Some back-lit action from High Island’s rookery earlier this year.
Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head
1/1600 sec @ F8, ISO 400, spot metering