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Snowy egret in breeding plumage



Somewhere in a heron rookery in Louisiana, Spring time.
7D MKII + EF 500mm f4 IS. ISO500, 1-1000 f11

Somewhere in a heron rookery in Louisiana, Spring time.
7D MKII + EF 500mm f4 IS. ISO500, 1-1000 f11
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Maismatilda1 Premium
 
Maismatilda1 January 23, 2017
Absolute masterpiece, great colors!
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Pixelbug February 27, 2017
was supposed to be magnificent capture lol
AnneEdward PRO
 
AnneEdward March 13, 2017
Stunning !!
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JayneBug March 22, 2017
Wow moment.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots April 05, 2017
Awesome capture! Congrats.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 April 05, 2017
wonderful congrats on your heron challenge award
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alainmauviel April 05, 2017
Thank you all for your nice comments and support!
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barbarabrock April 05, 2017
Awesome! What a gorgeous creature!
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margaretgodfrey April 05, 2017
wonderful capture. Congrats on People's Choice in herons challenge :)
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Alfredo_Jose April 09, 2017
Amazing capture! Excellent shot, thanks for sharing!
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Awayoutphotography April 13, 2017
Great shot!
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wheelerdealer April 21, 2017
Amazing shot! Gorgeous in every aspect.
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lindathomasBAhons May 28, 2017
absolutely stunning
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Alwolfe December 24, 2017
Gorgeous capture!
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KristinaOers January 26, 2018
Amazing moment!! Great capture!!
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MIsabel February 21, 2018
No doubt, this is a masterpiece! One of the very best I've seen. Congratulations.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this picture of a magnificent snowy egret displaying its nuptial plumage in Jefferson Island, in the township of New Iberia, LA. In this heron rookery, numerous bird species coexist, including roseate spoonbills, green, great blue and little blue heron, as well as cattle and snowy egrets, oblivious to birders and photographers that are kept at a distance by alligators roaming the pond that surrounds the nesting area.
Time
Taken in broad daylight, on a sunny day at the end of spring.
Lighting
It is always complicated to shoot white subjects on a darker background, especially on a sunny day. I benefited from a small cloud that attenuated contasts for a short period of time and allowed me to get relatively good detail in the white plumage of the bird.
Equipment
Canon 7D Mark II + Canon EF 500mm F4 IS. ISO500, 1/1000, F11
Inspiration
Spring is a great time to visit the bayou in Louisiana, when many bird species are actively involved in reproductive and mating activities. At the end of April, egrets display their most spectacular plumage.
Editing
Very light post-processing with a slight increase in saturation and detail in highlights.
In my camera bag
On any serious wildlife photography outing, i normally pack 2 or 3 camera bodies (one full frame and one APS-C), my beloved EF 500mm F4 and a 1.4X extender, the EF 100-400mm v2, a 24-70mm F4 IS and a monopod with RRS ballhead.
Feedback
Shooting birds in a large colony (or in a rookery) requires to be very alert about the activity going on in every direction, yet, it is essential to choose a specific target and stay with it in order to capture the action at its best. Anticipating bird behavior comes with experience. In a rookery, birds are oblivious to humans as long as they stay at a distance, it is therefore relatively easy to get satisfactory shots even for a beginner.

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