Photo of the Week: Roseate Spoonbill and Reddish Egret

7/22/2013 | 12

Roseate Spoonbill, Reddish Egret, South Padre Island, TX

Roseate Spoonbill and Reddish Egret ©2013 Gerald Friesen

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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  • Shanda

    Beautiful and very interesting shot!

  • Andrew Friesen

    Very nice!

  • Vic Murayama

    Awesome shot, Gerry! Wish it was mine.

  • vg

    Nice catch!

  • Mike

    Very nice, cool shot.

  • David Middleton

    Great photo

  • Britt

    This is awesome!

  • Lynn Halterman

    Beautiful photograph Gerry! I’m glad you’re still having so much fun photographing birds!!

  • debbra friesen

    This is an awesome photo, I love the story it tells!

  • Shelley Friesen

    Beautiful lighting and colour; great story to go with it! Your birding efforts are coming to fruition. Waiting to see more.

  • Taylor

    this is adorable!
    great picture.

  • Martin Wilson

    Me likes
    5:40 am is dedication man.
    Great shot