Snowy Egrets – In a New Light

I’ve always thought that my favorite images of Snowy Egrets were when they were captured in sunshine and a full palette of colors.


Then, on the suggestion of a friend, I tried the images in black and white.

Just to see what might happen.


And oh, my.

If it’s even possible…


I love these birds…


Even more…


In black and white.

Seeing them in such a “bare bones” contrast of light and shadow has moved me in a whole new way.

Thanks to my friend…


>3

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Snowy Magic at Red River Creek

It was a warm June morning and I was out early at Red River Creek.

In search of baby Black Ducks.

Passing by our familiar childhood herring run, something caught my eye.


Through the marsh reeds and trees I spotted a Snowy Egret, perched on a low branch close to the river.


I knew that Snowies roosted at night, but this was the first time I’d seen one just rolling out of its lofty bed among the treetops.

Best of all, the angle of the morning sun seemed to be in my favor, giving me a bit of time to watch undetected.


It got even better when the Snowy flew to a second perch, directly over the creek.

Oh yes, a much better spot to look for something moving in the shallow water below!


And the perfect chance for me to reposition, to get deeper into the shadows to observe.


Just then, the Snowy began to preen.


Such a methodical process it was; no doubt a morning ritual.

And through my lens I could see tiny white feathers, freshly pulled, being released from the Snowy’s bill….


Lifted by a whisper of a sea breeze…


And then floated away without a sound, out over the marsh and out of sight.


Another breeze came up and had some more fun, setting the Snowy’s crown feathers all aglow as he peered intently into the watery shadows of a nearby creek.


What a sight he was, this stunningly beautiful bird.

Doing what Snowies probably do every morning – taking a bath, getting ready for some breakfast.

Yet this morning, this Snowy gave me such a gift.

One I’ll never forget.


Years ago I made the decision as a milliner to design silk organza “feathers” to trim my hats with, in place of the real ones.

Leaving those soft, glorious feathers right where they belong.


On the breeze.

And with the birds.   ❤

Related post, Hats and Horses blog, “For the Birds”

The Dance – Snowy Egret at Taylor Pond

As we look forward to seeing the SUN again today, I wanted to share a recent encounter with a Snowy Egret I saw at Taylor Pond at dusk.


It was a fairly gray evening at the pond, and I spotted him as soon as I parked.

Opening the car door slowly I could see him wading forward along the water’s edge; stirring up prey on the bottom and leaving bubbles in his wake.


He seemed to glow against a gray backdrop that was almost completely still except for his own shimmering reflection.

And bubbles.


The light was iffy, but I was so mesmerized by this elegant bird that I decided to take a few shots anyway.


I was rewarded almost immediately, for just then he suddenly dove head first into the water…


And pulled up something small and wriggling.


One quick gulp and whatever it was, was gone!


I’m so glad I’d taken the risk with the camera and captured the moment.

This moment, this dance between bird and water and reflection.


I hope you enjoyed it too!  😉

Snowy Egrets – Styling Magicians

How do they do it??

A Snowy Egret can take a fairly coifed, demure feather style…


And, with just a bit of preening…


Look like this!

And with just a bit more preening…


Maybe THIS!


I would love to know their styling secrets… wouldn’t you??   😉