Candy Childrey, PPSA  

Reddish Egret by Candy Childrey, PPSA

January 2021 - Reddish Egret

January 2021 - Candy Childrey, PPSA


About the Image(s)

The image for this month was taken at Fort Desoto Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is a reddish egret. They are quiet comical in their search for prey. The image was cropped and flipped. The water color was changed from the aqua tint to a color with less yellow. This gave more contrast to the bird against the water. Noise reduction, sharpening, and a vignette were also used.

Olympus E-3, Zuiko 70-300 mm lens, f/5.7, 1/1600 sec, iso 250, focal length 600 mm on 4/3 sensor.

7 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Oh, so excited to see a reddish egret! Lovely capture and I love how you processed it, especially the blue is a complimentary color to her neck. What beautiful definition to her wings and the wonderful line they create.

Where do you recommend that I go to photograph birds now? i went to Corkscrew, Hammock State Park and CREW Bird Rookery, but there were lots more birds in our trailer park than in the parks! LOL! Nesting doesn't start until March-April, correct?   Posted: 01/06/2021 19:38:15
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Brenda, I haven't been out in almost a year due to covid. Blue Cypress Lake, west of Vero on route 60 (turn at radio tower) is wonderful for ospreys. They have had guided photography tours in pontoon boats in the past-don't know what they are doing now. Middleton's Fish Camp-google and call, make reservations ahead. Fort DeSoto Park in St. Petersburg has been wonderful. The best birding has been near the food Pavillion, pretty far down and at pier-both on Gulf. You may also find birds in the area that runs along Tampa Bay. Nesting of comorants and anhinghas usually starts in Nov, blue herons early in year, great egrets Feb. The rookery at Alligator Farm in St. Augustine is a great place, but is usually crowded. I don't know what they are doing now .   Posted: 01/11/2021 13:46:26

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Again a great shot Candy and well processed. You have developed the bird well and presented it well I am a little concerned about the colour of the water, I would probably tone it down just a touch.   Posted: 01/06/2021 20:32:20

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The Reddish is probably my favorite egret and you have captured the action extremely well. It is perfectly sharp and you have shown the feather texture perfectly in the outstretched wings.
Nice reflection in the water, and the blue color helps to show off the color of the wing feathers.   Posted: 01/09/2021 13:59:30

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Candy,
Beautiful capture of a very entertaining bird. I really like their dance, casting shadows for visualization and abruptly stabbing their victims after abruptly moving their neck. The details in the wings, neck, chest and legs are nicely preserved. Wonderful capture, full of energy...
Impressive result at that focal distance (equivalent full frame 1200mm). Were you on a tripod or handheld?   Posted: 01/09/2021 18:57:38
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Actually 600 mm on full frame. My lens at 300 mm on 4/3 cropped sensor becomes 600 mm.   Posted: 01/11/2021 13:34:55

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
What a splendidly clear image of all parts of this large bird stalking shoreline fish. Very nice.
  Posted: 01/10/2021 11:31:04


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