058/365 Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis


Since the last image of this species was so popular (here), image 58, is of the same individual but showing the hunting technique of running through the shallow water with its wings up for balance.  This image was taken at sunset giving the warm glow to the image.  😉

Western Reef Egret, Egretta gularis, Red Sea, Egypt, April, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens

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056/365 Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis


Todays image, number 056, is of a Western Reef Egret.  Very similar to our Little Egret that occurs in the UK, the main difference between them is that the Western Reef Egret has a yellowish bill, rather than black.  These were great birds to watch chasing small fry in the shallow waters on the beach.

Western Reef Egret, Egretta gularis, Red Sea, Egypt, April, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

044/365 Purple Heron


Image 044 is of a Purple Heron bringing in a large branch to its nest.  You will often find that species that are rare to photograph in the UK are very common abroad and it is these situations that I make the most of.  On the golf course from yesterdays post, there was a lake with an island in the middle.  On the island there was a henronry being occupied by at least 5 species of heron and egret, with the Purple Heron and Little Egret being the most abundant. It was just a matter of figuring out the best location for the sunrise and waiting for the adults to start becoming active.

Purple Heron, Ardea purperea, Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia, April, 2010>
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.