Cattle Egret at the Santa Rosa Rookery

It’s relatively easy to get shots of Night Heron, Snowy Egrets, and Greater Egrets in many of the places we visit in Northern California, but the Santa Rosa Rookery is the only place I’ve ever managed to get a shot of Cattle Egret outside of Hawaii.  

I was a little disappointed that there didn’t seem to be as many Cattle Egret as usual, but this one made a couple of flybys while I had my camera set on a high enough shutter speed to freeze the action, even if the background seem darker than it actually appeared.

This would have been my favorite shot if I hadn’t managed to cut off the top of it’s wing.

Though this shot isn’t quite as good, I prefer it because it shows the whole bird.

Cattle Egrets aren’t nearly as “photogenic” as Snowy Egrets, but I still love these shots because I see them so seldom (no doubt that silly link at the bottom of each blog entry will show even better shots taken earlier).