New York, NY
Photograph - Photographic Print Or Canvas
I was at the shore when I saw a white bird land in the mangrove. I looked down at my camera and sadly confirmed what I already knew, I had only a manual focus 50mm lens, since I had been using the previous day. Not the best choice for birding unless you're shooting a cooked chicken on your kitchen counter. I knew I had to get much closer to get anything worthwhile so started creeping forward in my best catlike manner. It turned out to be an Egret, and he was in the act of preening his feathers in the middle of a dark tangle of branches. There were so many leaves blocking the shot, I wanted to push some of them aside but I didn't dare so I held my breath and opened my aperture up a bit more to blur the leaves and sticks directly in front of me. I pressed my lens into the leaves and was able to focus and get one shot of this intimate moment. The sound of the shutter ended his ritual and in a fury of feathers and leaves and a scream (probably mine) he vanished. These birds are normally all white but their colors change during the mating season, so you can see some tawny markings here.
April 6th, 2013
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