Friday, December 4, 2015

Pic of the Day

Great Egret, Ardea alba:  Saint Augustine Alligator Farm; 
Saint Augustine, Florida
     One of the best places on the planet I know to photograph nesting wading birds is the Alligator farm at Saint Augustine, Florida.  It has a natural wading bird rookery, where the bird nests within a few feet of a boardwalk that traverses a gator invested lake.  This Great Egret is displaying for a mate on the nest platform that he built.  Once he is paired with a female the two will complete the nest together, where she will deposit anywhere between 1 and 6 eggs.  The eggs typically hatch about 23-27 days after being laid.  To witness this spectacle for yourself, be at the alligator farm between mid March through mid June.  Don't forget your camera!

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/1000 second @ f/8

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! God did a great job on the egrets, and Bobby has done a great job capturing their splendor!