Time for Chicks

Today’s post features a pair of Great Egrets at the Venice Rookery (Florida) this February. While photographing Great Blue Herons that were actively nesting, several pairs of Great Egrets were busy building their nests, bringing in sticks and branches. Looking over to one pair, they were engaged in mating:

Great Egret pair, mating

Great Egret pair, mating

Great Egret pair, mating

This was the only “active nest” of Great Egrets. Their nesting schedule is usually a bit behind the Great Blue Herons, so it was a pleasant surprise to see this pair kicking off their nesting season.

Coming up, more birds at the Venice Rookery.


Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Wemberly gimball head
  • ISO 6400 (early in the morning at the rookery, in low light)
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/100 sec.



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