Monday, December 2, 2013

Snowy Snack

On November 20, I rode out to LSU Lakes hoping to spot more of the pelicans. Their migration became a news item as it slowed traffic on I-10, drivers gawking at the sheer numbers. This day, they were somewhere else, but I happened upon a congregation* of snowy egrets. I got a few random shots, but not what I wanted, so I packed it in to continue the pelican search elsewhere. As I drove away, a snowy was intently watching the water, so I pulled over on the shoulder as far as possible, put the emergency flashers on, climbed in the passenger seat, and rested the lens on the window ledge of the car door. Something told me I was about to see this one in action.

Boom! It happened so fast! This was taken four shots after the one above.

I thought he'd scarf the fish down right away, but he climbed higher on the log and turned around as if
to show all the other egrets his prize.



Burp!
*Collective nouns for egrets are: congregation; heronry; RSVP; skewer; wedge. I find the names for groups of birds interesting.

Sharing with I'd Rather B Birdin'
Thank you, sweet Anni!

Participating in Saturday's Critters
Thank you, Eileen!

44 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Gail, gorgeous images of the Snowy Egret! They are beautiful! Have a happy week!

Buttons said...

WOW when I read your title Gail I thought you would be eating snow and wondered how you found snow where you live.:) I LOVE these shots. Hug B

Barb Brookbank said...

Amazing captures! What a beautiful bird!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

These are some fantastic captures!!

rainfield61 said...

They are snow white.

So beautiful.

stiefbeen said...

daar was je precies op tijd bij,wat is dit mooi.

Starla said...

What an incredible series of photos!! They are just so sharp and clear! (a problem I am dealing with currently with my sport shots....)

Karen said...

You caught the action well! A fabulous series Gail!

TexWisGirl said...

RSVP? wow! funky!

LOVE your shots of this gorgeous bird!!!

don said...

A remarkable sequence of shots documenting this Egret's successful hunt for food.

Linda said...

Wow! What a great series. I did have a moment of compassion for the fish in that one shot, just before the egret positioned him for a quick swallow. I think he was pleading with the photographer to get him out of this mess.

Hilary said...

That's what makes you such a fine photographer.. you have great instincts. Wonderful series of a beautiful bird.

R. Mac Wheeler said...


dem burds are indeed purdy

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

hi Gail! Don't ya wish those birds would at least chew their food? hahahahha

Oh, don't worry about the jeggings not fitting. They are stretchy for a reason. hahahaha

Love to you, my friend! Love to you.

HansHB said...

Lovely serie!

EG CameraGirl said...

What a neat series of photos, Gail! Bravo!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That was a wise choice to pull over. These shots are amazing.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

These are amazing! They're a treat for me. I don't think I've ever seen a snowy egret in person. Thank you for the close up view! :-)

Bill said...

What a great series of shots!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Wonderful photos. I am envious. The migration must be spectacular. Dianne

Terri Buster said...

RSVP? LOL that's a new one for me. Your photos are wonderful..he probably was showing off just a bit to his buds.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh my gosh Gail...you pulled off at a wonderful moment....fantastic pictures, the best action photos of an egret I think I've ever seen.. Love the "congregation" ...my mom used to have a book of collective animal nouns .. I have been trying to find a copy of it for years. Thanks for these, I didn't know any of them.

Wally Jones said...

Great series, but now I'm hungry for fried fish!
Snowies are so beautiful and your images do this one justice.

Hmmm, come to think of it, Sunday's congregation DID resemble a bunch of Snowy Egrets! :)

Brian King said...

Fantastic! I love it when they make a catch! These are beautiful!

Melissa said...

Great action scene!~ I thought at first your egret had mismatched socks. That's an interesting leg coloring.

Robin Lamb said...

Gail, Wow, these shots are absolutely stunning! Over the years I've managed some decent shots out of the car window!

ladyfi said...

Wow - gorgeous gorgeous!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous series of the egret with his fish!

Evelyn S. said...

More National Geographic images, Gail! Simply fabulous. (If you visit my crafting blog, you'll see two cards I made with snowy egret images.)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Most awesome picture of him with his "catch"!! That's a fairly large fish - stuck in his throat??? Bet he won't be hungry for a couple of days!!

Barbara Shallue said...

What a catch of his catch!!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful bird! Love the series.

Pallavi said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous Gail :) your pictures are so prefect my dear .. Just like the professional pictures of national geographic but yours are much better :)

Amy Burzese said...

Excellent!!! Inspiration for me to find.more.birds!!! Thanks for getting these shots!

Helma said...

Really gaag how an egret fish consumed. Beautifully geofotgrafeerd. My compliments :-)

Stephanie said...

My dear Gail, how in the world do you ALWAYS capture such fantastic shots?! These pictures are simply amazing. It is such a joy visiting you :)

Kenneth C Schneider said...

Beautiful images of the bird with the golden slippers!

Willow said...

What a great series of images , super shots of this bird.

DeniseinVA said...

Wow, you got some great shots! Beautiful bird!

bettyl-NZ said...

What lovely instinctive shots! They are just amazing to watch.

Phyllis Oller said...

Aren`t they just sooo awesome the way they can catch those fish! Great shots,so clear & sharp! phyllis

Indrani said...

BRILLIANT CAPTURES!
You got it all so well!

Christian Weiß said...

Very beautiful photos.

Wandering Wren said...

I can just picture you with the flashing lights and clicking camera, bet it was hard to tell who had the bigger smile you or the egret?!
Great capture...
Wren x