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great egret. floating in to the nest
17-FEB-2005 jypsee

great egret. floating in to the nest

Audubon Rookery in Venice, Florida

... Venice, Florida, has an unique treasure; behind the highway patrol station on highway 41
is a small pond with mangroves and (unfortunately) brazilian pepper bushes on an
island in the middle of the pond... breeding birds like to make their nests on this type of habitat
because the alligators that lurk in the water below keep other predators away... this
little rookery probably survives because it's also behind the cop shop and the night time
nit wits would have shot it up by now....
great blue herons dominate this rookery, but there are great egrets, anhingas, black crowned
night herons, little blue herons, snowy egrets and more; evening is a great time to visit
because the birds are flying in to roost and the sight is very emotionally uplifting..
would that there were more habitat for Florida's wading birds...

here's a link to my gallery of the rookery from the past two seasons

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Canon EOS 20D ,Sigma 100-300mm f/4 APO EX DG HSM
1/2000s f/6.3 at 300.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Lee Kindness20-Feb-2005 23:04
Great shot!
Stu19-Feb-2005 17:48
Excellent timing. Wonderful shot.
Gary Blanchette19-Feb-2005 13:41
This image is absolutely breathtaking! Nice work!
Karen Stuebing19-Feb-2005 12:22
Perfect capture. Check out those legs. :) I guess with all the population, Florida's natural habitat is giving way to condos pretty rapidly.
whiskey0119-Feb-2005 07:56
You are getting pretty good at these shots!
Steve Pepple19-Feb-2005 01:34
Bird ballet. Well captured!
laine8218-Feb-2005 20:45
Your ability to get that movement & stillness puts you at the level of the very best, Mary.
Gary Hebert18-Feb-2005 20:42
Very good nature and action capture... very nice.
Bill Miller18-Feb-2005 19:15
Mary, pro quality ! Another great composition.
Wei -----18-Feb-2005 19:08
Nice capture!
Cliff18-Feb-2005 16:42
You have caught the egret in 'mid float', as it were. Masterful shot Mary!
Coleen Perilloux Landry18-Feb-2005 16:27
Wonderful shot. Looks like a ballet.