Archive for April 24th, 2009



Snowy Egret with Chick

Snowy Egret with Chick

So ugly it is cute! Snowy Egret on the nest at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm rookery…a wild rookery within the grounds of the biological park. The SAAF is not you usual tourist trap. It is a well constructed and managed facility showcasing Alligators and their kin from all over the world, which just happens to have attracted a major rookery of wild birds. Wood Storks, Great and Snowy Egret, Tricolor and Green Heron, Little Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, and Ibis all nest in close quarters over the Jungle Boardwalk. We are talking maybe 400 pairs of birds in the space of a your average suburban house lot. Some nest so close to the boardwalk that you could reach out and touch them on the nest. It is a bird photographers dream, and, of course, it attracts 1000s of photographers every year. The Farm sells early morning and late evening passes just for Photographers so you can come early and stay late (for the best light).

This mother Egret was in the process of feeding your chicks. The nest was maybe 70 feet from me. This shot is digiscoped, photographed with a pocket sized Sony camera through the eyepiece of a Zeiss Diascope 85FL spotting scope at an equivalent focal length of something in the 3000mm range.

Sony DSC N1. 1/500 @ ISO 64. Scope determines the aperture, in the F12 range.

Very little processing in Lr. Slight sharpening, added Vibrance and Clarity (not really needed).

From St. Augustine FL.

And here, for you video fans is the full feeding sequence. Warning. Cute overload.