Snowy Egret, Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Gilbert AZ

A few years ago, as I looked ahead to retirement, I bought my first good camera: a DSLR equipped with a telephoto and macro lens.  My plan?  To take kick-ass photos of birds.

Fast forward a few years and I have a new appreciation of many things:

  • How much there is to learn
  • What I can (and, mostly, can’t) accomplish with a camera that I can actually carry around and hold steady
  • How quickly most birds move
  • How wonderful it is that there are some birds that move slowly or that hardly move at all


Snowy egret reflected in water.
Snowy egret


Female avocet and reflection in calm water.


Black-necked stilt reflected in shallow, still water.
Black-necked stilt




  1. The magnificent snowy egret commands attention. The avocet and black-necked stilt stop the clock to make me think of T.S. Eliot’s phrase about “the still point of the turning world.” Thank you for drawing me into their cosmic stillness. Beautifully caught, Isabel.

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