During a visit to South Padre Island in Texas this spring, Gerald Friesen of Rancho Santa Fe, California, shot this dramatic photo of a Roseate Spoonbill and a white-morph Reddish Egret. It was 5:40 a.m. on April 28, and he found the birds on an outgoing tidal flat across from a county park. “I was on my knees, getting wet, with a monopod,” Gerald says.
“The immature egret was shadowing the spoonbill, picking up small fish disturbed by the spoonbill,” he notes. “The egret got a little too close, sparking a loud, harsh croaking and the dramatic display response from the spoonbill. After the brief incident, the spoonbill went back to work, while the egret backed off to a more prudent, albeit less successful, distance.”
Gerald used a Nikon D4, a 200-400mm IF-ED lens, and a 1.7x teleconverter, and he posted the photo to our U.S. and Canada gallery.
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