17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Snowy egret in the mangroves

I took this photo from a boat going down a river on the edge of Piedras Blancas national park one evening. The egret was perched like a marble sculpture against the contrasting, dark mangrove background. I wanted to capture the contrasting colors of this moment as well as the birds majestic pose.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2019
Date Uploaded: 05.2019
Photo Location: Costa Rica
Camera: NIKON D5500
Copyright: © Sam Sheils