Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Such a Pretty Me

OK. So it took a gazillion to the nth power shots to get this picture. Got it. This poor bird. It sounded like a press conference whenever it blinked. I'd say there were - oh . . . twenty photographers going for 'the shot'. Between shutter releases the 'ping' of the auto-focuses ricocheted off the bird's beak. Still - who could resist? And just maybe the bird enjoys the admiration. Yeah, that's it. (For the non-birders among ye - it's a Reddish Egret)

10 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

A great shot of a rather odd-looking bird.

Cathy said...

Shhhh! AC! You'll hurt its feelings.

Laurie said...

Wow! What a great photo. Well worth the effort and I think the bird was hamming it up for the "press".

bonita said...

We've got big birds like that here - the herons. They fly so slow and gaingly, squaking all the way. I've not been able to get a good shot like yours, though....how fortunate you were able to capture it! ~ Bonita

LauraHinNJ said...

Must have taken a bit of patience to get that shot. I wonder if they appreciate their own reflection in the water.

Cathy said...

Laurie - Yep. He was strutting his stuff. Actually - a still photo doesn't do this bird justice. He flounces and foxtrots and fans and dodges as he tries to startle the fish into his range.

Bonita - You are so right. For such pretty creatures they make remarkably cranky sounds. No music here, but much visual delight.

Laura - It's funny though - and I'll bet you've experienced this - there's such a rush as you're struggling for the shot that time flies and the only concern is that the camera batteries don't quit as you're about to take the photo of the century :0)

vicki said...

It was so worth the effort- beautiful! Nicely done.

Cathy said...

Vicki - Thank you! Time 'flies' when you're photographing birds:0)
So glad you stopped by.

Cuppa said...

Oh wow! What a fabulous shot. He was strutting his stuff wasn't he? What a beauty.

Cathy said...

Cuppa - I should have 1/10 the grace and dexterity of this amazing bird. So glad you liked my picture. Thanks!