Egret Fishing Close…Too Close

Last week I was watching this egret walking along the side of the marsh pond close to where I was standing when it suddenly struck at the water and came up with a fish. Often the issue is that the wildlife action takes place a bit too far away to get decent shots, but in this case the egret was too close. I couldn’t fit the top of the bird’s head and the bottom of the fish in my frame and I didn’t have time to back up before it gulped down the fish. Well…I suppose I shouldn’t complain, earlier in the week I spent an entire frustrating morning where nothing came close to my location! 

Egret Fishing Close

51 thoughts on “Egret Fishing Close…Too Close

  1. Did that startle you? You are probably used to the habits of wildlife. This is a fanTAStic shot. I just can’t get over how “beady” the egret’s eyes are! While I feel sorry for the fish, this is nature. The scale pattern in the lighting is beautiful.

    • No it wasn’t a matter of being startled it’s just that in a situation like this I have barely seconds to react, lock focus, and bang off a few shots hoping my settings are right before the fish is down the throat. You blink and the moment is gone.
      Yes sometimes I do feel bad for the poor fish but so it goes in nature.
      I’m glad you liked this egret pic!

  2. I like the close up anyway but understand getting frustrated when you can’t move forward or back right when you want to when things are happening. Love the shimmery colors of the fish.

    • I sometimes think the birds don’t take my photos into consideration when they are fishing, can you believe that?! Plus they rarely take direction very well. I tell them…’turn your head’, ‘move into better lighting’ and stuff like that but do you think they listen? They do not. 😉
      Well I’m glad you enjoyed this photo! 🙂

      • Oh that is so true. I have offered such encouragement myself and I have better luck asking the clouds to move over a bit so the sun can hit my subjects more favorably.

        • I was talking to an anhinga this morning that was just standing on the side of the pond. I wanted fishing action shots and told him so, but he just blinked at me. Inconsiderate bird. 😉

  3. I think that the capture can’t get any better… I don’t mind that the top of the egret’s head is cut off and that the fish is in the bottom … the picture is intense with the beak dominating the frame and accentuating the action of hunting/fishing :). I am impressed Phil… How did you get such a uniform background?

  4. Now this is really funny Phil. Got to tell you, I’ve booked my trip to Galapagos for March 2014. I’m trying to decide what lens I am to carry. Really want to take the 500mm, but many say the animals are too close for that reach. This photo should tell me the reality. 🙂

    • It’s funny how it works sometimes. There has been many a day I was chocked with too much glass even with a 300 and ended up getting body parts. Other times of course they just won’t come in close. But overall we are lucky to have birds and gators that don’t pay any attention at all to people.
      Deciding whether to lug a big heavy lens is a tough choice Emily.

  5. Well who needs the top of his head when you have such a great close-up of that look on his face. He’s already savouring the moment when that poor fishie will go down his gullet. 🙂

  6. Such a gorgeous bird – you are a lucky man, Phil, to live in such close proximity to all this amazing wildlife, even if it is too close at times!

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