Great Egret, Ardea alba
Saint Augustine Alligator Farm; Saint Augustine, Florida
The heron rookery at the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm is already hopping this year. I stopped by on the 4th of March and found Great Egrets building nest and Roseate Spoonbills and Woodstorkes scouting locations. The later should have already started building by now.
I captured this Great Egret as it flew over me on the way to its nest. The back lighting shows the delicate bone structure in the wings and provides an excellent view of the wing feather pattern. Primary, secondary’s, and under wing coverts are easily distinguishable.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 300mm f2.8, 1/2500 second @ f8, Handheld on gunstock mount.