The great egret eats practically anything that fits in its mouth. It is a solitary hunter and I often see one stalking prey in the Carmel River Lagoon. I enjoy photographing this bird which usually lets me get close, provided I move slowly and practice silence.
I had to sneak up on this great egret to get a shot of how its neck bends. This magnificent bird was endangered in the 19th Century when it was killed in large numbers for its plumage used to decorate hats. In 1953 the National Audubon Society adopted a image of the great egret asContinue reading “The Great Egret’s Neck”
Until this week my relationship with great white egrets was built on stealth and a telephoto lens. We weren’t close. But there I was, walking along the Carmel River State Beach, about 15 feet from the surf, when an egret landed almost at my feet. I froze, a camera hanging from my neck. We didn’tContinue reading “The Egret and I”