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A moment.( pic heavy and lots of reading)

Pteranadon

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Yesturday I was at Loess Bluff NWR. Aka Squaw Creek. In Missouri.
I came across two cattle egrets, which one was a little bolder than the other.
At first they wanted nothing to do with me for 1, they are wild. 2, I was on their hunting ground.
As they left, I left.
Later I came back to the same spot and they had indeed came back. I quickly laid down to my stomach and started making a chirping noise with my lips and teeth.
That got them both all curious and made their way to me. I kept up with the chirping as they kept coming super close. They then spent some time checking me out.
So after a bit, they lost their curiosity and started to go.
I crawled after them and chirped, but no avail, they were bored.
So, I started to talk to them.
OH boy! That pissed them off.
They came back looking pissed.
But..they came up half cocked and started to hunt. One found a snake and the other tried to steal it. So...anyways, after eating the snake they preened themselves and were still checking me out. At times, they were only 3 feet away from me, and I had to back up, as my lens needs 11 feet.
Many, many shots, but as white birds go, I chose 5 that I got the best exposures, as i made a few changes along the way. I still feel like I have a lot to learn.
These are all of the same one, as the other was a bit shy.

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Jenbenjen

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ah these are lovely!! are they young - never seen this type of egret before. Amaazing that you could get that close they are normally very sketchy birds :)
 

Pteranadon

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Premium Member
Very nice work great images . Amazing that they let you close
Thanks!
ah these are lovely!! are they young - never seen this type of egret before. Amaazing that you could get that close they are normally very sketchy birds :)
At first I thought they were young Great Egrets. Then it dawned on me what they were.
Sketchy yes! As soon as I rose up to a kneeling position, they took off.
I have laid down for great egrets and they were more tolerant also. Same with a kingfisher.
It's just a matter of getting good shots.
Thanks Jen!
 

Pteranadon

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Premium Member
Like I said, I have a bunch ...
Wanted to share this one, to show some what I experienced.
I wanted up close, for in the past gave me some unsavory bg's working with exposing for white birds. I didn't ace exposing this one.
Plus! These guys move around a lot so I had to give this one slight room on the left.
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Mike Singh

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Premium Member
The composition with the snake is fabulous! The exposure could be improved in processing. However the drama and low. POV really makes this photo stand out.

The others are very good as well.
 

Pteranadon

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Premium Member
Alright...last one, and it's a duplicate of of the last one on the first 5.
Would appreciate any feedback if I am getting closer on the pp.
Promise, it's the last of the cattle egrets.
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Phill104

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Premium Member
Nice set of images, particularly the snake.

We are seeing more of these here in the UK now, possibly due to warming. I am sure it won’t be long before they breed here in numbers
 

DennisH

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Very nice work. At first look I thought they were misidentified. I had to take a second look to see the orange stripe on the head. In Texas the orange stripe is very dark. I feel sorry for the snake but that's natures way.
 

Pteranadon

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Premium Member
Very nice work. At first look I thought they were misidentified. I had to take a second look to see the orange stripe on the head. In Texas the orange stripe is very dark. I feel sorry for the snake but that's natures way.
You know...I was thinking the birds had their heads in something...so I am to assume it is supposed to be there? It's so subtle.
 
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