Wading birds, in particular the herons and egrets, can be comical to watch. As in the case with this Great Egret (Ardea alba), they will often cock their heads at an angle, conjuring up all sorts of possible captions! In reality, they are simply working at minimizing the glare from the water so that they can more easily spot their aquatic prey (fish, frogs, crayfish, etc.) in the water.
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 1D Mark 3 body
- Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6, IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 220 mm
- Handheld, with IS “On”
- ISO 1600 (due to early morning, low light level)
- Aperture f/9
- Shutter 1/100 sec.