David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Egret – Hunger Pains

These egrets are interested in one thing, feeding time.  It can be very competitive as noticed in the second photo.  They develop fast as the parents have to continuously bring back food.  Notice underneath the wings where it is still dark, the feathers are still growing.  It won’t be long before they are up and out on their own gathering food each day.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/4000, EV -1.67, ISO 320, manual exposure


Nikon D4, 500mm, f/6.3, 1/5000, EV -1.67, ISO 320, manual exposure


6 responses to “Egret – Hunger Pains

  1. lylekrahn June 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Those are wonderful shots. You gotta love the sibling tussle!

    You mentioned both shots used manual exposure. Just curious when you use that.

  2. dda53 June 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks Lyle. I typically use aperture priority allowing the shutter to float. I was going to be shooting two different birds, egrets (white) and spoonbills (darker colored). Some would be static and others would quickly transition from sky to greenery to shade. Since the white egrets are the most difficult to get right I set up for a good exposure pushing to the right of the histogram without blowing the highlights. If a spoonbill appeared quickly all I had to do is change the shutter to allow more light or it would expose too dark. Without ever looking up I could roll the shutter dial and make a very quick adjustment just feeling each click of the dial allowing more light. I went back and reviewed the ones taken in aperture priority versus the manual exposures. The manual mode gave me more consistent exposures. The more I use it the easier it gets. I hope this helps explain your question.

  3. selah June 26, 2013 at 10:34 am

    wonderful photos. 🙂

  4. Tim Timmis June 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Very nice shots David. The chicks have gotten big at High Island. I never made it back out there. Maybe next year I’ll have more time….NOT.

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