Great Egret grazing with Coots


While browsing along the Concho River I spotted this Great Egret, (Ardea alba), stalking prey among some feeding American Coots, Fulica americana).  Since I was across the river, about 150 yards away, they were oblivious of me.  They looked so peaceful, co-existing in their own world, I thought it would make for some good photographs.

Great Egret and American Coot

Great Egret and American Coots

Photographed with my Canon EOS 7D and Canon 500mm f4 lens with a 1.4 tele-converter.  Exposure 1/1000 sec. @ f11, -1.3EV, ISO 400.  I love to under-expose these whites then post-process in Photoshop CS5.  That’s just me.  I hope you like.  Click either image to see enlargements.

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22 thoughts on “Great Egret grazing with Coots

  1. It’s amazing to watch them enjoying in their own world. Very nice shots, Bob. The two colors, striking-white and the black of the coot, look so great in the photos. And green in the background makes the photos complete. Brilliant, loved them! 🙂

    • Thanks, Mia, but I have a confession to make. When I took the shots I really was focusing on the Egret. I knew the coots were there but my intention wasn’t originally to leave them in the photo. If it were, I might have planned the DOF differently. Oh, the webs we weave…………….. 🙂

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