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Snowy Egret Hunts Some Lunch!
Lens: DA 55-300 PLM Camera: KP Photo Location: Back Cove Portland, ME ISO: 250 Shutter Speed: 1/800s Aperture: F9 
Posted By: SSGGeezer, 07-20-2018, 01:08 PM

Down walking the path around the bay/cove as the tide started to come in when I saw this Snowy Egret fishing near the shore. I caught him getting a fish but moved closer and zoomed more for this series.


Stalking first,

Then a quick hop in the air to a better spot,


Strike!


Fight it to get lunch aligned correctly, I ran into the small buffer here so the following is a guess based on the bird's smug attitude.


Down the hatch! Lather, rinse repeat!

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I really like the fourth photo ..... all the others are very nice also.
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Thanks for the kind words, I was bummed when the camera stopped shooting as he tilted his head back to swallow the fish. First time the KP's smaller buffer has gotten me! But that is because I was too fast on the shutter also.
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These are great. You've got better eyes and reflexes than old codger like me.

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Great sequence . Hanging around birders forces me to say it's a snowy egret . Nice work .
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Great sequence . Hanging around birders forces me to say it's a snowy egret . Nice work .
And after a bit of research, I agree and have changed the title and text of my post. Thanks! I have no notebook with a list of seen birds, I just take pictures of the ones I like or think are interesting.
And their range is just a sliver along the southern coast that I did not even see on the map until I clicked for a larger version and could see the color indicating that they are here in Maine.

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Nice series. I think I like the third one best. The picture of elegance. Thanks for posting.
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Nice series. I think I like the third one best. The picture of elegance. Thanks for posting.
Even with the mud dripping off his feet you see elegance. He was pretty smooth though and had very good hunting success using the technique described above. I like the one where the feathers on his head make him look like an excitable composer. These birds are very active hunters , using air assault and scare tactics to get a good attack on prey. And they are pretty too.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SSGGeezer Quote
Down walking the path around the bay/cove as the tide started to come in when I saw this Snowy Egret fishing near the shore. I caught him getting a fish but moved closer and zoomed more for this series.


Stalking first,

Then a quick hop in the air to a better spot,


Strike!


Fight it to get lunch aligned correctly, I ran into the small buffer here so the following is a guess based on the bird's smug attitude.


Down the hatch! Lather, rinse repeat!
Great series! Saw his cousin this morning waiting for breakfast!

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Even with the mud dripping off his feet you see elegance.
Didn't even notice it. What I DID notice was the ess shape of his head and neck which nearly matches the ess shape of his legs and feet. Continuity. Balance. Wings and tail spread providing maximum wind resistance to slow his decent. And last but not least the upturned feathers at his "shoulders" displaying both form and function.
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Excellent series Thomas, very well captured images.
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What a wonderful series Thomas, thanks for posting it.
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What a wonderful series Thomas, thanks for posting it.
If you are saying it is a good series, I am humbled Heinrich! I keep trying and even a blind squirrel finds the occasional acorn!
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