Little Egrets

WHEN: 16 Feb 2018, 09:31
WHERE: Blackwater Valley Path, UK (Google map)

Little Egrets used to be a rare sight in the UK, their number have been gradually growing and I have noticed the increasing population in my local area. Around this time of year they start to develop their breeding plumage and colours. I have been trying to capture this with some success. They are a pretty nervous bird so my attempts often end in them flying off before I have even got my camera out. Here are ac couple of successful recent shots.

Fishing Egret

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF + TC-17E II at 500mm (750mm equiv.) – F6.7, ISO 2000, 1/320 sec.

The 1st image in far from ideal conditions, stretching the ISO capabilities of my camera and using my lens wide open at F6.7.

Grumpy Egret

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF + TC-17E II at 500mm (750mm equiv.) – F8, ISO 400, 1/2500 sec.

The 2nd image by contrast is in fantastic warm sunlight and came out super sharp. I had a picture of the same bird in the river giving a shake and showing off his feathers, unfortunately grass obscured the view and I was not happy with the image.

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