Is it me, or am I just imagining this? Every time I sneak up on a Great Egret, I get like one shot and off they go, with me running after it shutter a clicking.
And every time, they head away from me, not one time does the egret turn and fly in my direction. The eagles and hawks will, but not the egrets. They get away ASAP and I get quite a few butt shots.
I did my best dodge and weave, never looking at the egret as I slowly made my way in its direction. I was watching another photographer at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge all decked out in his camouflage get up, even his Canon camera wore a little green outfit and his tripod had camouflaged “booties”. Who was he fooling since we were on sand? Wrong color camouflage and no vegetation cover. He was as still as the herons though, yet was too far away for the lens he was using. I guess at least his herons stayed put.
My friend and I are not the quietest birders but we did try to tread lightly hoping the birds thought us rather innocuous. We did our share of scaring off birds though.
I was very determined to get this egret before it took off and was quite pleased to get a few images out of it. I have to admit, the tree dwellers do stay a bit longer.
Another Egret below at least made a more interesting and might I add, graceful departure.
It was just wading, and off it went.