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Great Egret

I was on a shoot earlier this summer in Rhode Island, and we were targeting Great Egrets, Green Herons and Ospreys. We had very dense fog so the conditions weren't great, but we had a Great Egret land and start fishing 30-40 feet away from us. I was using the 600mm VR lens with the 1.4x teleconverter, and the AF was pretty decent in spite of the dim light. I've included a sequence of photographs that depict the scene from arrival to the main course!






Terns on Plymouth Beach

Plymouth Beach in Massachusetts is home to a large migrant Common Tern colony, and is a great place to try to photograph these beautiful shore birds. Unfortunately, the beach is not very accessible if you get there early in the morning - it involves either a 2 mile round trip hike, being able to procure a permit to drive close to the beach, or taking a boat. I was fortunate enough to know someone who had a permit, but the most enjoyable way by far to get there is to take a boat. Be warned though that this requires booking the boat in advance and also making sure you're at the boat around 5am! You'll be rewarded with views of a brilliant sunrise while you lounge on a boat that will land you right at the tern colony. And the photography is pretty good too!

Here are some pictures I took of the terns fishing and feeding their chicks: