These are Snowy Egrets showing their plumage during mating/breeding season. They start to show in March and keep their feathers for quite a while. Their beaks turn more of a yellow/orange color during the season. You will find these birds in shallow salt and fresh water areas with a small flock wading and dancing about. They will approach one another, start squawking, inflate their feathers and chase each other about. Sometimes they will start jumping in the air flapping their wings and dance around one another until one gives up and backs off. You will also find them among other herons and wading birds during this time, and occasionally they will mate with other herons.
Snowy Egrets at one time, early in the 20th century, were endangered. Their breeding feathers were used for hats and were valued at twice the price of gold. The fact that they build their nests close to the ground and are easy to catch didn’t help. It was only through conservation efforts that they came back and are now considered quite common.The Snowy Egret in Breeding Plumage These are Snowy Egrets showing their plumage during mating/breeding season. They start to show in March and keep their feathers for quite a while.
I was out shooting with a close friend and we found several Alligators during our morning shoot. I was able to get quite close to several of them and get down to their level to take several close ups. As I was getting to within 6 feet from these beasties, my friend was in the truck warning me not to get any closer. “Eric, your are getting too close”, “He is starting to move”, “Be careful” he said. When we came to the last gator, he just laughed at me and started posing me close to the gator, so he could get a good shot. Almost all Alligators are more scared of you than you are of them. The first gator was indeed moving as I got closer, he was moving away. My friend never did get out of the truck while we were shooting the gators; he said his hip was bothering him :)The American Alligator I was out shooting with a close friend and we found several Alligators during our morning shoot.
I was on assignment for the Nature Conservancy, shooting in several different habitats and documenting the effects of fire in a piney flat woods. There were many locations and great light everywhere we went. I was on my way back to the cottage I was staying in, when this sunset began to burst into color. I could see through the woods that it was going to be a fire sunset and I needed to get to an…