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Shooting white birds

Since the fields at the marine lab flooded, birds have been gathering in the vernal pools. It's frog-hunting season for the herons and egrets! This morning there was a group of about a dozen egrets were stalking prey in the area near the old road, and I finally had my camera with me to take photos and it wasn't raining horizontally.

For anyone interested in such things, I took these photos with a Sigma 150-600mm lens on my Nikon D780 DSLR body shooting mostly in the 200-400mm range.

Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
2023-01-07
© Allison J. Gong
Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
2023-01-07
© Allison J. Gong
Great egret (Ardea alba)
2023-01-07
© Allison J. Gong
Great egret (Ardea alba)
2023-01-07
© Allison J. Gong
Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
2023-01-07
© Allison J. Gong
Snowy egret (Egretta thula) and butt end of a mallard drake
2023-01-07
© Allison J. Gong
Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
2023-01-07
© Allison J. Gong

No great blue herons today. Another storm is blowing in now, and the birds will take shelter until the wind and rain are less violent. Forecasters predict that today's storm will be stronger than the one that tore up the coast a couple of days ago. Fingers crossed we keep power!

2 thoughts on “Shooting white birds

  1. Trish (QAGeek on Ravelry)

    Allison, these photos are amazing! I saved a few to my local drive (with credit to you, of course) so I can view them on the 'big screen' and slideshow. Stunning birds that you've captured perfectly!!

    I can't wait to learn more about the birds in my new area. We see some large gliders, hard to know who it might be (they're so high up). Also planning my green space with pollinators and birds in mind. I've decided the veggies will come from the CSA, so I'll turn the yard into a refuge instead. ;^)

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    1. Allison J. Gong

      Thanks, Trish! You and Patrick have some amazing space to work with in your new area. Have fun with your new wild neighbors!!!

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