Southend Egret

Yesterday I was supposed to photographing the inaugural Brentwood parkrun however a nasty RTA in Southend mean’t that I was held up so long that I didn’t get there (sorry again guys).  I returned home in a bit of a foul mood and decided as I had all my warm clothes on and my gear all with me to go down to the seafront to see what I could find to photograph.  I’m glad I did.

The tide was nearly high and the light was gorgeous.  I started off taking some photos of some dew laden plants by the roadside and then around the new ramp that has been installed for disabled access to the beach.  I then spotted some gulls fishing off the walls around the beach pool as the tide was just getting to the top of the walls.

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I watched and photographed the gulls for a while before spotting an Egret a bit further down the beach.  An Egret is best described as looking like a white Heron and they are quite common in the south east especially in winter although I have never seen one fishing on the beach.  This fellow was a Little Egret I think (yellow feet).

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I love this photo. The gull is pin sharp

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He was fascinating to watch as he looked intently in the water with his head moving from side to side constantly before spearing into the water.  I don’t think I actually saw him catch anything but the technique seemed to be all there.  I photographed him and a neighboring gull for a while before he moved to the adjacent groyne where I could get some better full body shots.

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He didn’t stop long – especially as I tried to get closer to him – and soon flew back to my left onto a concrete slab and then again back to the original groyne.  This did give me a chance to snatch some in flight shots which I was quite pleased with although not as sharp as I would have like.

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He posed for a while in the full sun before heading off down the the beach and was gone.  I was getting pretty cold by this time so headed home – in a much improved mood than earlier.

The photos were all taken on mt Nikon D5200 mostly with my 70-300mm kit lens. I hope you have enjoyed the tale and the photos.  Do leave comments if you have any.

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By bye Little Egret – see you again

 

 

 

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