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Fur-Like Feathers

The feathers on a Reddish Egret’s head can sometimes look more like fur than feathers.  The textures make this bird one of my favorites to photograph.  They can be very territorial and ruffle up their feathers when another Reddish Egret comes around as shown in the first photo below.  On a previous post, Lyle commented about the “mane” on these egrets, which is a good description, especially in the last photo.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/1250 sec @ F10, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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1/1000 sec @ F10, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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1/1250 sec @ F10, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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1/1000 sec @ F10, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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4 responses

  1. Yes, I am liking these birds more and more. Maybe I have a special spot for creatures all with ruffled manes! That’s quite the look in the second photo.

    February 22, 2015 at 10:56 am

    • It’s very cool to see these in action in person. They can put on quite a show and look great doing it. Finding these Reddish Egrets and the Avocets keeps me going back to Bolivar.

      February 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm

  2. I don’t think you could have asked for anything better. This Reddish Egret gave you what few get. Wonderful work Tim!

    February 23, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    • Thanks David. It’s been a banner year for Reddish Egrets so far at Bolivar. Hoping to find them a few more times while the tide is still low at sunrise.

      February 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm

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