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.

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! 🙂

  2. Beautiful job as usual. I have not gotten a shot of these yet. I used to see them all the time when I worked further away, now not so much 😦

    • 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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