BPW – Snowy Egret Preening

by John Briggs on April 7, 2009

in Bird Photographs, Bird Photography Weekly, Blog

Snowy Egret preening atop tree: Small Point, Maine | Click for larger view

Snowy Egret preening atop tree: Small Point, Maine | Click for larger view

 

Taking advantage of a brief period of sunshine on Sunday, I got into the car and drove down the peninsula to Small Point. My goal was to photograph birds that are migrating to the area. The first stop that I made was on Route 216, opposite Totman Cove.

Leaving the car, I quietly walked the road until I came to a small cove. A Great Blue Heron grunted and flew off toward Hermit Island. Buffleheads and Common Goldeneye were feeding in the cove and the melodic chorus of Red-winged Blackbirds and Song Sparrows filled the air.

As I continued to survey the area, my line of sight was drawn to a small island covered with spruce trees. At the top of one of the spruces was a Snowy Egret preening in the morning sunlight. Behind me, a cloud bank inched it’s way toward the sun and I had little time to photography this beautiful bird. I snapped away, gaining 16 photos before the clouds obscurred the sun.

I decided to head back home. Clouds continued to build but a few more peaks of sunshine allowed several more photos on the way back. I will post those photos, which include an Osprey, in a day or two.

Happy birding!

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