Today’s post comes from my recent (February 2018) photo trip to Florida. While kayaking around Bird Island (a rookery near St. Petersburg), I captured a series of images of a couple of Cattle Egrets that were busy in a nesting territorial dispute on the island:
During nesting season, you must always be ready for the unexpected. The cattle egret on the right was sitting in the trees of the rookery, when a second cattle egret (on the left) flew in to claim a nest spot. Apparently, the first egret thought his “neighbor” was infringing on his real estate! Note the buff colored head feathers … these two egrets were just coming into breeding plumage.
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 7D Mark II body
- Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f.5.6 IS lens, shot at 210mm
- Handheld from a kayak, with IS “On”, from my kayak
- ISO 400
- Aperture f/5.6
- Shutter 1/2000 sec.