Great Egret On The Wing

The Great Egret was posed beautifully alongside the road in a water canal on my side.  Since it was literally standing only 3 feet from the road trying to fish, it probably hadn’t had a car come along for a while; so, of course, it took flight as our car approached.

I shot three frames before he was out of my car window space.  I am still astonished that I got these to be worthy to share.

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Great Egret


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Great Egret


I’m so tickled with the above shot’s crispness, I decided to crop it next to share a closer look at these elegant birds.


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Great Egret – cropped from the previous photo


It’s amazing how pure white they remain with all their daily trekking through the mud and waters.


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Great Egret


Great Egrets fly slowly but powerfully.  With just two wing-beats per second, they can cruise at a speed of 25 mph.



36 thoughts on “Great Egret On The Wing

    • Thank you, Ted! Been trying to get a nice Egret shot all season; they’ve always been at a distance and get washed out. I really got lucky on this one, but I’ll take it!

  1. Amazing shots. Love the last one for the way the wing highlights the head. They are indeed elegant. Can’t think of a better description.

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