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GigiJim08 December 22, 2014
Wow Great find. You know what I really love this bird. i love the feather. Voted the Art of Wildlife
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JoanLoBo December 26, 2014
Thanks Gigi, I agree the feathers almost look surreal. Thanks for your vote.
 
williamlobianco January 23, 2015
Amazing...so up close and personal. Love
 
marizzza February 17, 2015
special family,great details, love it! Marizzza
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JoanLoBo February 17, 2015
Thanks Marizza...who can't love those baby birds.
 
veganbaby April 06, 2016
Beautiful family!
 
sydneyosbourne April 07, 2016
Kudos!
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ReneeBlake April 07, 2016
Congrats !
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JoanLoBo April 08, 2016
Thanks everybody. These babies were taken in Florida at the alligator farm in st Augustine. They have a great rookery there.
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jimfbauty May 21, 2016
Amazing. Beautiful. You must have been watching this nest for just the right moment...
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SettingSky May 22, 2016
Gorgeous! $!
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marisaliberato May 23, 2016
love it, you have done a great job with the background as I know its usually very messy, great job
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CathieMoog May 28, 2016
This is an amazing image. I just visited a rookery so I know how hard it is to get an angle through the trees. All of the birds have really sharp focus. I love everything about it. Well done!
 
Cavanrose June 27, 2016
A beautiful capture !
 
JDLifeshots June 27, 2016
Great capture! Congrats.
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jettahlily008 November 16, 2016
Incredible capture & composition!!! :)
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JoanLoBo January 23, 2017
Thank you everyone for your encouraging words.
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beckyreding March 28, 2017
STUNNING
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JoanLoBo April 02, 2017
Thank you Becky..I am returning to this location in 2 weeks, I hope I get some more great images.
 
httppluto April 03, 2017
Stunning! Great job
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JoanLoBo April 03, 2017
Right place, right time, great lighting
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lizziemellis April 15, 2017
Excellent capture..so much detail:-)
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JoanLoBo May 27, 2017
Thank you Lizzie I appreciate your feedback
 
Neckbone August 08, 2017
Great shot!
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JoanLoBo August 08, 2017
Thank you, it is one of my favorites in my gallery.
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JoanLoBo Feb 03
Thank you

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Snowy egret tending to her chicks.
Snowy egret tending to her chicks.
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Location
Have you ever been to St. Augustine in Northern Florida? It's a quaint historic town with cobblestone roads, beautiful architecture and great restaurants. While we were visiting we came upon a place called the "Alligator Farm" Called this because of the boardwalk that takes you through the park that is built over a river of alligators both big and small. Also in this park is a rookery. A reknown rookery that is frequented by bird photographers from around the world from March-June. Here you will find snowy egrets in abundance as well as Great egrets, Roseate Spoonbill, cattle egret, as well as many other bird species with their chicks. It is here that I took this photo of this Great Egret tending to her chicks.
Time
The best time for bird photos, especially white bird photos is in early morning or late afternoon. This photo was taken early morning while the chicks were very active and hungry.
Lighting
The nest was hidden among the thicket of the trees and the glowing light was sneaking in so perfectly lighting up their nest. I used available light and shot for the whites, being careful not to over expose them.
Equipment
I used my Canon 7D mark II on a tripod with a 70-200 mm lens.
Inspiration
The little babies interacting with their moms inspired me to take this photo...A lot of patience was required, I watched and waited, snapping many photos waiting for the perfect composition of the three baby chicks interacting with their mom.
Editing
I did some post processing in Adobe photoshop CS6 as well as two Nik plug ins, color effects pro and Viveza. Post processing included working with a raw image, adjusting contrast, shadows, clarity and levels. I also cloned out some of the distracting twigs around the nest in order to keep focus on the baby chicks.
In my camera bag
In my bag you will mostly find my Canon 5d mark III, unfortunately I dropped my 7D. My lens of choice are my 70-200L lens, a wide angle lens and my macro lens. I often pack my flash too and a reflector , a light meter, and I never leave home without my tripod. Sharp photos are a priority.
Feedback
The best advice I can give for shooting white birds in the wild is, expose for the white of the birds, don't worry if your shadows go dark, expose for the whites, and watch that you aren't clipping the highlights. Keep your shutter high, to freeze the constant action of the baby birds. and use an aperture of f8 or f 11 to ensure a sharp image. Put your camera on a tripod and watch. The best shots are when mom is feeding the babies because she will hoover over them and create an interesting composition.

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