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Reddish Egret Attacking Snowy Egret

Reddish Egrets are very territorial and will usually chase off other birds that invade their feeding area.  This Snowy egret got more than he bargained for when the Reddish Egret attacked.  He quickly dove at the Snowy and grabbed ahold of his tail feathers, swinging him around.  He then grabbed the Snow’s head with his beak pinning him in the water.  The Snowy ended up escaping and didn’t come back.

Made for some exciting shooting with 37 photos in 3 seconds.

Previewed the last photo at a presentation that I made at the Houston Audubon Nature Photography Association on Wed night, which was also a great time.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter and a beanbag out the car window.

Aperture priority, 1/1000 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 1/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/1000 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 1/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/1000 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 1/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/1000 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 1/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/1000 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 1/3 exposure compensation

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9 responses

  1. I never realized they were so aggressive. Maybe that’s why you usually see them alone. Great action shots.

    May 22, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    • Thanks Stephen. They are always chasing off other Reddish Egrets and other larger shorebirds. Can make for some interesting flight shots as well.

      May 22, 2016 at 7:12 pm

  2. Krishna Prasad Kotti

    Awesome Shot. Thank you for sharing the information..

    May 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    • Thanks Krishna for checking out my blog and commenting. They are very fun to watch.

      May 22, 2016 at 7:13 pm

  3. Cool looking series of captures Tim. Amazing behavior to witness.

    May 22, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    • Thanks Doug. It was a very good time. Having the sun out instead of clouds would have been better but I’ll take it. Glad that my buffer didn’t fill up.

      May 22, 2016 at 7:14 pm

  4. Excellent shots, quite something to witness and capture!

    May 22, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    • Thanks Belinda. It was very cool to see and get photos of. Got lucky that I was there at that time.

      May 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm

  5. That’s a great action series!

    June 8, 2016 at 5:33 pm

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