The fear of the unknown has been a great motivator for all sorts of varied endeavours in the past, and I do believe it still continues as we speak. Some folks recoil from the thought, others capitalize on it. Either way, I won’t class it as something that is completely deserving of the dread it seems to garner. How much do we know about today? After all, we can only truly know what is going on at this very second, and even that in itself is a mere perception. So who are we to class something so similar as something so different?
While the topic of today’s blog post is in essence, a joke – it still carries some serious weight. We all should strive to live a life without regret. How are we ever to really be aware of our purpose if we never try to move toward something? Or simply have an opinion about an issue? When I first started voicing my opinion about how I felt about the environment and the damage that we’re inflicting upon it, someone I used to know told me that I “went all Greenpeace over the internet”. I figure there’s a reason why that person is someone I used to know. The world needs people that aren’t afraid to stand up and be counted. Each one of us is born with our own unique set of abilities, that very often are dulled over time, that flame of wonder, power of imagination – they are all educated out of us.
Anyway, as bird photographers we’re always looking for the uncommon, the brightly coloured, the charismatic and the deadly birds. But sometimes the only subjects available are the plain white blobs that are the ubiquitous egrets. Cattle Egrets in particular are everywhere. They still do make lovely images, though. A Cattle Egret in flight not too dissimilar from this one here was featured in my 2016 calendar.
When we stumbled upon a farmer that had left his irrigation system on, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to use the backlit water droplets to render some magical looking images. I just love layers in an image! Another Cattle Egret helped me out rather graciously I must say.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Egret family is their transition into breeding plumage. While very often their superficial plumage remains the same, the heightened flow of hormones to their exposed regions – skin on their legs and face (called the lores) as well as their bills – elicits a radical change in appearance. Take a good look at this Cattle Egret and see if you can spot the difference!
Of course, we had our fair share of observers as we usually do. Fortunately this time, the one staring had four legs and not two, and can be forgiven for its steady gaze. Some two-legged mammalian creatures just stare and stare like they’ve never been told it’s rude to do so.
Admirably minding its own business from afar was a Limpkin, basking in the morning sunlight performing its daily preen and clean.
Perhaps the most remarkable sight that morning was not one, not two, but three Great Egrets balancing on a piece of dry bamboo. These large (they are tall enough to look down on a small child) egrets are usually seen not in close company with each other, so it was interesting to see this group in such proximity with each other. Not to mention that they made a lovely image for me 🙂