Eyeball to Eyeball - Sanibel, Florida

Sanibel Fishing Pier, Sanibel, Florida

For those of you who have shot with me or have followed me for a while, you rarely see me shooting wildlife, especially birds. Don't get me wrong, if it is there, I will take a couple of shots. Since I don't carry those long heavy lenses that you need to get a proper bird shot, it has been hit or miss (mostly miss) for me. Last month, while I was in Sanibel, we headed out to the fishing pier. As I walked down the pier, I noticed this snowy egret simply staring at me, eyeball to eyeball. I figured that I would give it a try, but I wasn't close enough and moved closer. The bird didn't budge at all. Pressing my luck, I inched closer and got this shot. Even after I was done shooting, it stayed there just looking at me. I decided that he would win the stare down and walked away. Not too bad for a landscape photographer.