From the Photographer : Don Specht
My wife and I spent a week in West Palm Beach and a week in Fort Myers Beach. We spent the late mornings and afternoons basking in the Florida sun, but the early mornings and afternoons were spent observing and photographing wildlife.
One of my favorite birds to watch is the reddish egret. Unlike many other egrets and herons that stalk their prey, reddish egrets dance around in the shallows and dislodge minnows from their hiding spots. The egrets then put their wings out in front of themselves to cut down on the glare in the water and provide shade (and apparent safety) for the minnows. This method is often referred to as “canopy” fishing.
I have tried again and again for this shot, for many hours, over the past couple years. The egrets only stretch out their wings for a few seconds at a time, and they are usually facing away from the sun. This means, either you’re shooting “butt” shots or shooting into the sun.
Technical Data: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm F2.8L lens, handheld. Shot at ISO 400, f5.6, 1/2500 sec.