Nicely done given the situation - way to overcome and still have a good image in the end. All four birds are reasonably sharp and those difficult whites look realistic. The crayfish is a great addition, although, ew. Yuk. It’s interesting that Egret nests are so much smaller than GBH nests. At least this one is. Great find.
Allen, this is a wonderful family portrait of these Egrets. I think you could probably sell her a printed copy to hang on the tree, but of course, she would have to pay you in crayfish! Outstanding shot.
Simply gorgeous Allen. There are a few things that make this really good. First, you have really soft light and with white birds it makes all the difference. Second, you have mom with the whole family and all three of the chicks heads are clearly visible. Third, all of the birds are facing the same way. It’s as if someone is directing them out of view to say cheese and look over here. Fourth, the crawdad is the icing on the proverbial cake. I’m not thrilled with the crop but you did what you had to do to get the shot and it’s totally understandable with these nest locations. I might clone the stick out in the ULC and also the wishbone looking branch at the very bottom center of the frame. Otherwise, This is so good.
Beautiful, Allen. All the characters are in such crisp focus and so well positioned, and the light is superb. If this isn’t intended for entry in a competition that outlaws all cloning, you might remove a few twigs entering the frame edges and the bright one in the lower right, but this is just wonderful as posted.