Nature clicks #66 - Snowy Egret, the last click

Snowy Egret
Nikon D300s, Sigma 50-500, f/4.5-6.3 APO DG HSM


I like to come back to my shooting in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, California about a week ago. I shot more than 50 images in less than four minutes of this Snowy Egret. It was right before the rain started and the light wasn't as good anymore as earlier in the morning. See my earlier posts if you want to know what I mean. However, the white egret against the not much reflecting water seemed to bear still the chance for a good shot. The wind was blowing quite strong already and gave the feathers a different look in every image. Most of the pictures were sharp. So which one should I choose?  It was the last one in the whole session that made the difference for me. In all other images the egret's yellow feet were hidden behind the rocks or only partly visible. Beside that the bird showed me its side profile and didn't move much. Not really bad but I was hoping for more. It is again the gesture of the bird that made my choice finally easy. You can tell this Snowy Egret was now on the hunt for foot. My presence slightly above didn't bother it anymore and the egret started even walking towards me. The click was made when the Snowy Egret came across the gap in the row of stones along the shore and its contrastive feet became visible.