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Snowy Egret at Low Tide

I decided to go for a paddle yesterday morning. As always, I had my camera along with the hope of getting a few images. I was fortunate to come across a couple of very cooperative Snowy Egrets that allowed me to watch and photograph them as they hunted an oyster bed exposed by the low tide. Here are a few of the shots.

A Snowy Egret hunts along the mouth of Deep Creek

Snowy Egret at the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve

Snowy Egret near Beaufort, NC

A Snowy Egret stalks its breakfast

A Snowy Egret fishing

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Little Blue Heron

While paddling my kayak this morning I came across three Little Blue Herons. Two of these tres hombres were quite shy and took to wing before I got within camera range. But one was absolutely calm in my presence and just kept fishing along the waters edge. The bird was in classic breeding colors (hint, look at the head, neck and bill), making it a very handsome model. These and Reddish Egrets are my favorite large wading birds. I’m always thrilled when I get to observe them. Below are a few photos from the encounter.

Little Blue Heron on Taylor's Creek

Little Blue Heron in breeding colors.

Rachel Carson Reserve is home to many interesting birds.

Little Blue along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.

Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron found along North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks.

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Snowy Egret on a Winter’s Day

During my last kayak photography outing I came across a reasonably cooperative Snowy Egret. Here’s a couple shots from the encounter.

Snowy Egret on a winter day.

Snowy Egret

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Best Laid Plans and All That!

Last night I headed to bed earlier than usual. I planned to get up early this morning, have a bit of breakfast and head over to the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve at sunrise, which corresponded closely with this morning’s high tide. Unfortunately I set the alarm to go off in the PM instead of the AM! It’s a mistake I’m sure we’ve all made. When I awoke I realized my mistake but also realized that by the time I could get ready and launch my kayak I’d miss the good morning light. Oh well, best laid plans and all that. So instead of posting some photos from this morning as I’d planned, here are a couple of shots of a lovely Tricolor Heron from yesterday afternoon’s outing.

A Tricolor Heron perches in a tree along Deep Creek in the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve. A Tricolor Heron streaches his neck.

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Spooky Birds: Sometimes the Kayak Lets You Get Closer for More Compelling Photos

There are certanin large wading birds I always love to see. However, those birds also are some of most skiddish birds found around the Crystal Coast. A couple that are always especially hard to get a shot of are Reddish Egrets and Little Blue Herons… though admittedly the more common Great Blue Heron and Great Egret can be pretty tough to get close to as well. I also find getting within camera range of Snowy Egrets to be particularly challenging. Even though the kayak helps, allowing you to get a bit closer than you could using a land approach, it doesn’t take much to spook these guys. Here are a few shots from my last couple of kayak outings where I happened to get lucky.

A Little Blue Heron perches on a barrier island along North Carolina's Crystal Coast.

A Reddish Egret, one of the rare large wading birds found along the North Carolina coast.

A Snowy Egret searches for a meal along Taylor's Creek.

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Snowy Egret: North Carolina Marsh Inhabitant

I really enjoy egrets. Doesn’t matter whether it’s a Cattle Egret, a Snowy Egret or a Great Egret, everytime I see one I crack a little smile. Smaller than the Great Egret this all white bird also differs in that it has a black bill and yellow feet where the Great Egret has a yellow bill and black feet. Like other members of the heron family this bird was hunted to near extinction in the late 1800’s for its feathers which were used for decorating ladies hats. This bird received protection in the United States under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and it’s population has rebounded nicely. In southern states these egrets are year-round residents. Northern birds migrate in the winter to Central America and the West Indies.

This Snowy Egret was photographed in a canal at the Lake Mattamuskeet Wildlife Refuge in Hyde county. They can frequently be seen locally here around the Crystal Coast. Look for them along the Tideland Trail, while kayaking the White Oak or Newport Rivers and along the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore. You may also see them when walking the waterfronts in Beaufort or Morehead City.

A Snowy Egret in its natural environment.

Snowy Egrets can be found throughout the Carolinas.

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