Lens-Artists Challenge #54 – Detail

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”

Robert Lynd

DANCING EGRET

DANCING EGRET

With sincere thanks to those who helped us to close out the first year of the Lens-Artists challenge with such terrific, thoughtful and much-appreciated congratulatory posts, we’re ready to move forward with Year Two. For our opening challenge, Patti has chosen Detail as our subject. Those who follow me know I’m enamored with the amazing birdlife here on our barrier island. As such I’ve decided to focus on some of the details of these beautiful creatures, especially the enchanting Great Egrets. In my opening image I’ve featured one of these graceful birds seemingly ballet dancing on top of the water. I loved the way the tiptoe balance illustrated such amazing grace.

Egret with wings spread

SPREADING HER WINGS

“If you listen to birds, every day will have a song in it.”

Kyo Maclear

Above, I’ve captured an egret at water’s edge as he/she demonstrates a wing maneuver to balance a landing. I find the egrets continually on the move – flying, fishing, feeding chicks, building nests or protecting territory. One need only sit quietly on the edge of any of our many lagoons and before long there will be an egret or heron landing nearby.

egret landin in bushes

TOUCHDOWN

“What joy compares with that of a bird that has just learned she can fly?”

Marty Rubin

In addition to their forays for food in the lagoons, large flocks of our egrets are often seen in and around the plentiful greenery throughout the island. There are two important details in the image above. Both the bright green surrounding the bird’s eye and the long feathers around the tail tell us that this is a bird in breeding plumage, probably looking to attract a mate. Interestingly, outside of their breeding season, many male birds are sterile.

SNOWY EGRET

STRIKING A POSE

“I want to paint the way a bird sings.”

Claude Monet

Finally, an image of a Snowy Egret – similar to the Great Egret but a bit smaller. More importantly, this bird is distinguished by its bright yellow eyes and feet. In the image above, the detail I loved was the bit of feather on the beak. Clearly he’s been preening to make himself more attractive to the females in the area (OK I made that up but it COULD be true!).

To our participants; we are most grateful for your support and encouragement, and look forward to another year of challenges. Be sure to check out Patti’s DETAIL challenge this week, and to stay tuned for our next challenge at Ann-Christine’s Leya blog. Finally, to help us all find you, please TAG your post with our Lens-Artists tag, and if you’re looking for information on how to join us, click here .

 

 

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101 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #54 – Detail

  1. Love your collection of photos of these beautiful birds, Tina. This week’s topic choice is interesting. Having just got back from an 8-day trip, I am just today looking at other people’s thoughts on the topic before I put in my two cents worth. In any case, the ungainly egret (at first impression) is truly a thing of grace and joy.

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  3. Why did it take me so long to find you? I’ve mourned the loss of the WordPress photo challenge for a year now, and all the time you were here for me. Now that I know about this, I’ll be posting regularly. THANK YOU!

    Also – these images are astonishing. They fill my heart with joy. Thank you for that as well.

  4. You capture these elegant birds so beautifully Tina 💜 It’s a real treat to see and thank you so much for sharing 🙂💖 xxx

  5. You must have muted your camera, Tina, to take a perfect pose of the dancing egret. And to capture the feather, who knows this bird ate something else. I made that up. 😳

  6. Aren’t egrets so fascinating with their reptilian looks? We have many egrets and herons around here but I never have a good camera around when I see one.. The image of one dancing on the water, well, Tina, just amazing!

  7. LOL – I believed you – your photos are very convincing and I love the way you tell the story behind the photos. They are fascinating birds to look at. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Your love of birds – and these egrets – shines through in every image, Tina! Amazing shots and beautiful details – everything perfectly serene. Love it.

  10. Wonderful collection and details of the egrets, Your capture of the dance is an elegant composition with the grasses on the left. Tina! They do provide endless entertainment, both to watch and photograph.

  11. These shots are so perfect for this week’s theme, and detail always shines through in your bird photos, Tina Agree with Vivi that you and your camera make a fantastic team. The Egrets look like they were having a good day out, lounging around and flying around the waters. Sounds like they always have something to do. Hehe, looking at the Snowy Egret, it does look like he has been preening himself. As you suggested, he might want to show off or maybe he just likes being very clean 😀

    Congrats on one year of the photo challenge. It seemed like just yesterday when the four hosts picked up from WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge. Good luck for this year. Really enjoyed following along 😊

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  14. Amazing how you have captured these beautiful creatures in such fantastic poses! Had no idea about the green color and extra plumage!

  15. TBear Loved today. Great fun again despite that bloody game we can’t stop loving. And speaking of love, my favorite was the last Egret. Brilliant! Those black legs and slight feathering. So beautiful. I couldn’t stop looking at it. Clever girl. Darv

    Sent from my iPhone

  16. The ballet dancing egret is such an amazing capture, Tina! You captured the beauty and details of these Egrets.
    Lovely Snowy Egret! 🙂

  17. Oh such wonderful Egret photos Tina. I too like to find and get a photo whenever I see them. Just love the yellow feet, What a bird!!! Thanks for sharing your love of birds ❤

  18. I miss seeing these beautiful birds. we have moved to Mt Pleasant and our pond and million geese……. Sir and Lady Poop-a-lot!

  19. The Header here is brilliant, Tina! Those pelicans look like they’re saying to each other ‘well I told you so, but you never listen!’ I got quite distracted 🙂 🙂

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