About-The Snowy Egret
It is the smaller of the two white egrets that I always find along the coast, the larger being the Great Egret. Its called the Snowy Egret. Other than size there are three tell-tale markings that define the two birds. The Snowy Egret has a long slender black bill, black legs, and yellow feet. During breeding season the smaller Egret also sports silky plumage down the back of the neck that can make a spectacular photograph when a breeze hits it. Most of the birds’ meals come from the water. Usually feeding on small fish but also crustaceans and the occasional insect, the Snowy Egret is a patient predator that wades in shallow water or stands right on the waters edge. They are fairly friendly towards humans and a good photographer can get pretty close if there is some form of separation like a pool of water or large rock.
This bird is located in the southern half of North America and all of South and Central America. Where I am at they are plentiful all year long. Most plentiful along the coasts these Egrets can also be found inland near bodies of water. They are all white, as clean as the driven snow you could say, photographing them is fairly straight forward. I usually use -0.7 exposure compensation and dial it back further to avoid any “blinkies” when the sun is at my back. Definition in the feather detail is often tough to get out of the camera so I will very often burn down all of the shadows and midrange exposures a small amount to get a better looking body. One of my favorite scenes in bird photography is when I encounter a subject in full light and a background in shade. Usually it helps to make the bird pop. That does not work too well with either of the two all white Egrets, usually you will encounter the background way too dark and the shadows get blocked up. Go for a balanced background-you won’t regret it.
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