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Snowy Egret, Tamiami Trail, Florida, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography

 Bird, Tamiami Trail, Florida, John Ecker, pantheon photography_edited-1
SNOWY EGRET, TAMIAMI TRAIL, FLORIDA:  This photo of a snowy egret’s beautiful white plumes against the green reflections of the cypress marsh water reminds me of an impressionist painting.  It was taken near the Loop Road, off the Tamiami Trail in South Florida. The Loop Road is mostly one lane wide and takes you deep in the swamp where alligators, birds and other wildlife abound. The Tamiami Trail is a 130 km stretch of U.S. Highway #41 that stretches east/west across the northern reach of the Everglades.  The road was completed in 1928 and greatly disrupted the behaviour of the water table and was very traumatic for the Miccosukee Indians who lived there. In addition to snowy egret (which mostly inhabit coastal areas) the Loop Road is a great place to see great blue heron, wood stork, great blue heron, anhinga and cormorant.  The snowy egret is distinguished by its all white feathers, black bill, black legs and bright yellow feet.  The patch of yellow skin at the base of the black bill is an obvious marker.  Shot handheld with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 100-300mm lens at 300mm, f9, 1/320 sec., ISO 800.  Photo by John Ecker  | pantheon photography




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