Golden slippers and other mysteries
In this photo you can clearly see what are called the "golden slippers" on this snowy egret. It's an unmistakable field mark that leaves no doubt which egret you're looking at. This species tends to fish in shallow water, darting and jumping around in a very energetic, entertaining and acrobatic display, stirring up fish and other critters as it runs around in the water. This one was walking along the edge with it's shorebird friends apparently moving to a better fishing spot. A good way to photograph these are down at ground level with the camera set to shoot multiple frames per second on autofocus - like you're shooting sports. That way you can catch it in all its crazy poses as it runs around in the water - which makes for some fun and interesting photos.
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