Donnette and I decided to visit the crawfish ponds on Dusty Road late one recent afternoon. The experience was very different from our usual early morning visits. We saw hundreds of wading birds of several species flying from the ponds toward their roosting sites for the night.
During the day, the dominant wading bird in these ponds is the Great Egret, so it was no surprise that I caught a Great Egret flying toward the west in the fading daylight.
Canon EOS 7D (309mm, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO640)
The reddening of the setting sun cast a pinkish hue on this usually brilliant white bird. When it was totally beneath the clouds, the egret tended almost to blend in with them.
Canon EOS 7D (309mm, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO1000)
As the sun hit the horizon and darkness descended, the number of birds in the air reduced dramatically.
Canon EOS 7D (22mm, f/9, 1/60 sec, ISO100)
All became quiet and peaceful.
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