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Rich Z
11-27-2013, 10:24 AM
Great egrets almost always elude me. They see me from too far to photograph, even at 600mm, and fly off. The few good pix I've got are from crawling in mud and bushes. This one flew into a cypress tree and began to preen and fluff. From about 25 feet above me, it completely ignored me and the big lens, with 2x teleconverter. I walked beneath it to both sides several times and made a couple of dozen pix. It was still there when I finished and walked off. Luck is essential, sometimes. Rich

Beginning big fluff and shake.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/dfr49/HM/HM%202/TB010137-1aCrp8x10pA_zps090e2dbe.jpg

Big shake and look at the feathers and dander fly.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/dfr49/HM/HM%202/TB010136-1aCrp8x10p_zpsf5937eda.jpg

Must include pedicure.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/dfr49/HM/HM%202/TB010133-1aCrp8x10pA_zps1fcd2ec9.jpg

Comb the neck feathers.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/dfr49/HM/HM%202/TB010152-1aCrp8x10p_zps49deaa84.jpg

All done.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/dfr49/HM/HM%202/TB010159-1aCrp8x10p_zps124df152.jpg

Night heron in same tree watching the process thinking, "I'll wait for Saturday."
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/dfr49/HM/HM%202/TB010180-1aCrp8x10p_zps44202b71.jpg

Marko
11-27-2013, 10:59 AM
Lovely sharpness in this series Rich - You made lovely results from your luck!

Rich Z
11-27-2013, 11:01 PM
Thanks, Marko. The bird's calmness gave me time to set up my shots. Rich

Runmonty
11-28-2013, 02:12 AM
Super sharpness and colour. Great set

Rich Z
11-28-2013, 06:54 PM
Thanks, Runmonty. They made that day of photography a good one for me. Rich

Bambi
11-28-2013, 07:22 PM
excellent set.

Rich Z
11-29-2013, 03:40 PM
Thank you, Bambi. Glad you enjoyed. Rich

asnow
11-29-2013, 08:00 PM
Really nice set. Very sharp. My fav is the first one with the big fluff and shake.

Rich Z
11-30-2013, 11:23 PM
Thanks, asnow. It's great to catch them in behavior rarely photographed. (at least by me) Rich

aubintbay
12-02-2013, 12:37 PM
Wow! Awesome set Rich! Love the sharpness and colour in all. Shot 2 for me...I like the flying fluff!

Rich Z
12-02-2013, 01:04 PM
Thanks, aubintbay. Great light and a cooperative subject. What more could you ask for? Rich

Hillbillygirl
12-14-2013, 06:05 AM
Wow, some really nice sharp detail Rich, and I know how hard these shots were to get, so a BIG congrat's on these also.

Matt K.
12-17-2013, 09:53 PM
That is superb glass you are shooting with, especially in light of the fact that you used a 2x converter on these. Absolutely amazing sharpness and detail.

Rich Z
12-21-2013, 12:29 AM
Thanks, aubintbay. Lots of light, got a fast shutter, stopped him cold. Rich

Iguanasan
12-21-2013, 08:11 AM
Wonderful! Love them.

Rich Z
12-27-2013, 12:10 AM
Thank you, Matt. Oly Zuiko D 150mm (300mm) f2 plus Oly 2x teleconverter, 600mm, f4, plugged into Oly E5. There is no substitute! Rich