March 19, 2008
I had seen this beautiful bird from the river bank at my uncle's vacation house. It was too far away to photograph, so my brother and I took off in a paddleboat and fought a strong wind in order to get close enough to take a picture. He was holding onto a small cypress tree in the middle of the river when I got this shot. I wish I could have been even closer, but it took off and flew away before I got a chance.
This bird is in its breeding plumage, the long, wispy feathers are visible on its left side. These beautiful birds were nearly wiped out because of these feathers, ladies in the late 1800's wanted them for their fancy hats. What a waste!