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Great Egret in Flight

Egrets are common in Southwest Florida during the winter.  Our community was built in former marshland. As the land was developed for residential housing, small lakes were created and large areas of habitat suitable to wildlife was created. 

All About Birds tells us:

Great Egrets wade in shallow water (both fresh and salt) to hunt fish, frogs, and other small aquatic animals. They typically stand still and watch for unsuspecting prey to pass by. Then, with startling speed, the egrets strike with a jab of their long neck and bill.

It is easy to spot great egrets live on most of our small lakes, but more difficult to photograph one in flight.  Last December, during a photo excursion on my bike, I spotted one on the shore.  I shot several pictures and was about to shoot more, when I spooked him.  The large bird spread its wings and took to the sky.

I lifted my Nikon Z7 and started shooting.  I was using the DX 50-250/4.5-6.3 lens with a fast shutter setting.  

I was lucky.  I caught the egret as it lifted off.  

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