Monday, August 3, 2015

The Fisher Kings

Photos taken May 25, 2015 at LSU Lakes. This was a super fun afternoon sitting on the bank watching these experts at work. I was about 12-15 feet from them.

The bird with the "golden slippers" and black beak is the Snowy Egret; yellow beak and black feet is the Great Egret. The Snowy wins the prize for most fish caught.








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43 comments:

Andy said...

Splendid story telling and wonderful photos.

Anvilcloud said...

What a fantastic set of photos -- so sharp and clear.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Gail, these are just amazing photos of the Snowy Egret. Well done, a great post. Happy Monday, have a great new week ahead!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Beautiful photographs of beautiful birds, Gail!

Stephanie said...

Good Monday morning, sweet Gail! Your pictures have blown me away this morning. They are so clear and vivid, my friend. And those feet look like the bird stepped in yellow paint :)

Have a beautiful week. Hugs!

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots of the golden slippers!

Stephanie said...

Stunning images of these great birds, especially capturing them with the fish in its beak.

Karen said...

Jaw dropping shots!

Kathy said...

You have the best egret photos I've ever seen. But of course you hear that all the time!

Wally Jones said...

Very nice series showing how "real" fishermen do it! Wish I was half as successful.

Great quality photographs, Gail! Kudos on your patience.

bailey-road.com said...

Such fantastic shots of the experts. Love the golden slippers.

Karen S. said...

Oh my goodness these are just priceless captures, and those little yellow slippers are just adorable. What a lovely creation indeed!

June Caedmon said...

These are incredible, my friend! Last one, hands down, my favorite and just what I needed at the end of this Monday day :)

Frank said...

Fabulous series of the competent fisherman.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Well, he just had himself a nice buffet, didn't he?

DeniseinVA said...

Hi Gail, great captures of this incredible bird in the golden slippers. I love your turn of phrase.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow! I'm happy if I get a (bad) picture of one egret eating one fish. You got two kinds of egrets and gosh knows how many fish and every picture is perfect. Loved this. Your patience and talent combine to create amazing posts as always.

Nancy said...

These are amazing images. I certainly hope all wildlife magazines know about you and your wonderful captures. Everyone deserves to see nature as you shoot it....

Felicia said...

Wow Gail how cool are these images.

Hannah said...

Such an informative post about the egrets, the close-ups of the Snowy Egret's golden slippers are fantastic, they look like eerie rubber gloves, and the black toenails are so funny. It's great to see your captures of the fish as they are caught and swallowed, and the red insides of the egret's mouth. The Great Egret had better get on the ball to catch up.

Anni said...

Once again, spectacular images!!! Those birds are wise to be so near the 'running' water where fish love to challenge themselves swimming upstream like they oftentimes do.

My way of telling the snowy from the great egrets is a saying we had in Colorado "Don't eat yellow snow!" Hence: Yellow feet...yellow SNOW

Thanks Gail, for sharing this wonderful post by linking at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week.

Bethany Carson said...

Awesome action shots! I especially like the one with the fish midair between the upper and lower sides of the beak!

Indrani said...

Such sharp captures! Very well taken.

Debbie said...

man gail, these are just awesome, really awesome!!! i love this bird and don't see it too often here, i like golden slippers, i always called them yellow galoshes!!!!

nookworm said...

You have topped yourself - again! Love your photography talent and wildlife combination.

barbara l. hale said...

Amazing photos!

Marie C said...

Your egret photos are amazing! Wow!

troutbirder said...

What a gorgeous pair they are and you captured them perfectly...:)

diane b said...

What an amazing series of photos. The fish just in the air is fabulous. The yellow feet are good at clamping on to the rock. It is amazing how they can have reverse colours. I'm always learning in blogland.

Lea said...

Beautiful!

Barbara said...

Awesome shots! I never realized the Snowy Egret had yellow feet! I've learned something today!

Shug said...

Hi Gail.....I'm trying to catch up with all my reading. I've had the blogger blues lately. As always, these are some great photos. I admire your patience in gathering such interesting pictures. The way you share a series of photos, really tells the complete story of what you were viewing.. Interesting!! Stay cool....

TexWisGirl said...

those are awesome shots!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yeah I Know I've been here before... Don't call the elder police yet . Just came from a different way this time and enjoyed the pictures as much the second time. Meant to tell you before I loved your title! Perfect!!

BeachGypsy said...

Oh my gosh those are just amazing photos.....wow! Which is your favorite?

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They must have acidic cauldrons in those stomachs to handle all those scales and bone, huh. Love your shots.

Petra Pavl√°tkov√° said...

Yellow feet and black beak versus black feet and yellow beak, what a tongue twister :), it's a lovely difference. Great captures, Gail, and you were just 15 feet from them? Sounds unbelievable! :)

Betty Manousos said...

oh my!
excellent work, dear gail!

have a great remainder of your weekend~
xo

Helma said...

Truly amazing pictures of this heron.
Sharp, bright and beautiful color. White is difficult to photograph but you have very nicely done. The photos with the fish as prey his enviable;-)

Anita Johnson said...

Oh wow...beautiful!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Don't think I responded to this earlier, however, I had to admire and comment on these great photos. Love the silvery fish in his beak.

Kerry said...

I love egrets and thought of you last week when I saw a whole flock at low tide on the coast. I wished you were there with your awesome camera.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

GREAT shots of your eating egret!!!