Have I ever noted how much I love to photograph the Egret? This has to be one of the luckiest shots I have ever taken. Lately a lot of my time photographing is near my home. It almost always includes bird photography. I recently have had to shoot auto focus only My retina tear and giant floaters in the other eye have made it hard to manually focus. I am very lucky. The shot is one of my favorites. Notice the long feather off the front. It curls around and has a string of droplets falling from it. Note also the droplets behind the egret from his feet as he just took off. A panning shot that by shear luck caught the detail I wanted. Yet it still was a slow enough exposure so the very fast moving wings are slightly blurred.
Nikon D3s, 200-400 f/4 lens, 1.7 teleconverter, 320 ISO, shot at f/6.7, 1/1000 second.
This is absolutely spectacular work! I love the curling front feather, it really highlights the gracefulness of this bird! Absolutely wonderful capture!