One of the few creatures even moving (within camera range) at the Ridgefield NWR, mid-afternoon on Aug. 11, 2015 (activity was very quiet in the afternoon), was this Great Egret, busy hunting in the shallow water. I took a bunch of shots. As I was reviewing them at home I noticed this one image showed the bill of the bird just above the surface of the water and the ripples in the water caused this cool, eerie, but still egret-shaped reflection in the foreground. The bird had plunged his bill into the water and was just pulling it out when the shutter clicked. I decided to flip the picture upside down, and do some work in Photoshop and the Nik plug-ins. The abstract egret image struck me as kind of “ghosty,” hence, the name “Ghost Egret.”
Best Viewed LARGE.
Canon 5D Mark III, 1/2000, f6.3, ISO 320, 700mm, 2:07 p.m.