• Great egrets put on regular how-to fishing lessons in the shallows off the Cairns Esplanade, Australia. ©Tony Neilson
  • Blue-grey eastern reef egret spins its spiny catch before swallowing. ©Tony Neilson
  • An angry sea snake firmly in the beak of a great egret. Now what? - ©Tony Neilson
  • Bornean little heron (Butorides striata) is a stand-in-wait hunter. ©Tony Neilson
  • Crescent perch expertly speared by a little egret. ©Tony Neilson

Standing in wait

This study shows facets of the fishing process, as performed in the natural environment by egrets and herons.

Some are stand-in-wait hunters, the little egret dashes about energetically, the great egret will remain motionless above a target for many minutes and the striated heron often ambushes from an elevated position.

Several of these images were taken near my home in Cairns (northern Australia). Two were made on one of my regular visits to Roebuck Bay, WA and one was photographed in a break between drenching monsoon rains on the island of Borneo.

The gear I use

My photography kit is almost entirely Canon. Like many photographers, once you begin building a resource of lenses and bodies of a particular brand, you get ‘locked in’. Not necessarily because one product is better than another, but because it usually comes down to dollars and ‘sense’. Common sense!

Pro’ quality camera gear is expensive, and learning to use it to best effect across a wide range of subjects and conditions takes considerable time.

Not sponsored

Of course there are photographers out there who have a whole assortment of stuff in their bags. But I’m a slow learner and the vagaries of a single manufacturer are more than enough for me to grapple with.

No, I’m not sponsored by Canon – or anyone else. If I was, you’d know about it.

Tony Neilson: tonywneilson@icloud.com

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