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Snowy Egret in sharp focus, taken form a kayak. To get this photo of the Snowy Egret, I was paddling up Chorro creek in the Morro Bay, CA Estuary on an incoming tide, when I saw the Snowy Egret 200' further down. I decided to drift into the shore and stick to the mud bank. I froze and did not look at the subject... pointing the camera at right-angle to the subject, and directly in front of me. In about 20 minutes the Egret passed right in front of me, within 8-10 feet, and I snapped one crisp in focus photo - the audible camera click spooked it. I was using the Canon 20D w/ 100-400mm IS, I shot this at 400mm, 1/1250 (using shutter priority) f/16 ISO-800 RAW. More like this at picasaweb.google.com/mikebaird/2006_09_15_morro_bay_from_...

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Taken on September 15, 2006