Egret Takeoff

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Finally! This was a shot I’d been after for awhile and I’m pretty excited I captured it.

We arrived at Ritch Grissom Wetlands early in the morning and came upon this guy. I set the tripod and got into position, just watching his behavior. He wasn’t really fishing anymore, so I knew the next move would likely be to another hunting area.

As I watched, he stretched his neck and wobbled it back and forth, gauging the wind speed and direction. I tightened the grip on the camera and rechecked the focus for the 10th time. Any second now…

Come on…

Come on

Blastoff!

It happened amazingly fast too – in less than a second, he reared down and exploded from the water.

I ripped off the photo as quickly as I could and managed to capture this image. I took a quick look at the image on the back of the camera and I wanted to leave for the day right there and then! The rest of the morning was still spent shooting, but man, what a way to start!

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2 Responses to Egret Takeoff

  1. Pedge says:

    Your image is amazing! Anyone who’s ever tried to capture a shot like this knows how much patience it took! Good work!

  2. Pam says:

    Since I live on the Oregon coast, we have quite a few Egrets and I too have wanted to get a shot like this. Who wouldn’t? Therefore, thanks for giving us all your camera settings etc. and maybe I will get a shot like this one day.

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