Snowy Plover, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Snowy Egret Story


Snowy Egret Story – How I Took This Photo


Snowy Plover, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post Snowy Egret Story

Snowy Egret


This photo of a Snowy Egret was a gift.

But it also has an important lesson.

In early July I went to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve to take photos of Elegant Terns as they dove for fish at the spillway.

Now, after four hours, I was walking back to the parking lot, which is about a mile from the spillway.

It’s late.

I’m tired.

I’m hungry.

And my legs hurt.

I had just started a yoga program, and the instructor told me this pain was a sign of healing. While she seemed delighted with my progress, I found the pain to be more than inconvenient. (My legs really hurt.)

So I’m limping along on the sandy path, stopping every hundred yards to rest and let the pain subside.

And suddenly I saw this Snowy Egret take off.

I had seconds to lift, frame, and press.

Fortunately, my camera had been set to take photos of white terns against a dark sea.

So here we are, with this photo.

Notice there are no shadows because the bird was flying into the setting sun.

And notice the feather detail, which can be difficult to capture on a pure white bird.

So this photo is indeed a gift because it’s impossible to plan for it.

Of course, there’s a point here.

First, pain can lead to a reward. In this case, if my legs hadn’t hurt, I would have walked briskly to my car, and thus missed seeing the bird take off.

And second, every worthy achievement comes after persistence.

So, if you’re tired, keep going.

If you’re hungry, keep going.

And if you hurt, keep going.

Because the result that you want may be just ahead.


Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: I’m raising funds for an organization that works to create an environmentally sustainable, socially just, emotionally fulfilling future for all. Please join me.

Details: Pachamama Alliance Fund Raiser (Even small amounts help)


Help Birds Tip

Every game has players and spectators.

And I think the game of preserving our environment needs more players. If you agree, I invite you to write a list of at least five things that you can do to help.

Then select those actions that will produce the most good with the least effort. And finally make this part of your plan for next year.

By the way, if you’re a list maker, find twenty ideas (or more). Then pick the three best.


Birding Resources

I like organizations that buy land. Then they set up protected nature preserves that everyone can enjoy.

So this week, I recommend The Nature Conservancy.

Please click on the link to learn more about what they do.


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4 Comments
  • Will Zell
    Posted at 15:31h, 29 November

    Egrets,
    I’ve seen a few,
    But then again too few to mention.

  • Susan Bulger
    Posted at 17:42h, 29 November

    Fabulous photo. Thanks for regifting it to us.

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 06:18h, 02 December

    That’s one of the best photos or a flying bird I have seen – thanks. Have you considered going into photography as a hobby? .

  • Kris Risley
    Posted at 19:58h, 05 December

    Wow! thanks so much for sharing your story and your spectacular photograph. I can relate to what you said about pain and perseverance. It is usually so very very worth it.

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