A reddish egret at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve St. Petersburg Florida

Reddish Egret - Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, St. Petersburg FL - this image available for fine art print purchase & commercial license - Nikon D300 Nikkor 105mm VR micro @ f/11 ISO 200 1/250th tripod mounted with cable releaseI spent a recent afternoon in the peaceful Boyd Hill Nature Preserve on a macro themed shoot.  When I do personal shooting I like to give myself a focus, a theme, for that time in order to have a clear photographic goal.  My goal that afternoon was to produce macro images.  However, that did not mean I would just pass up a chance to photograph this reddish egret friend just relaxing on a small bridge to a small island.  I approached the reddish egret carefully by advancing a little, then stopping, never looking directly at the bird, advancing a little more, then stopping.  I did not move for a few moments, then casually set up the shot.  My Nikon D300 was mounted to my tripod with Nikkor AF-S 105mm VR micro f/2.8G lens attached, so I had to get pretty close to be able to fill the frame with the reddish egret.  

I made sure to have calm feelings inside of me as well giving the bird nothing to pick up and feel anxious itself about.  I was able to photograph the bird as close as I wanted and then even picked up my DSLR and tripod and walked past the reddish egret without it flying off.  After I did my exploring of the small island and returned to the bridge, the bird was gone.  

I was glad to be able to share a few moments with this creature and to also be able to photograph it.