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Great Egret and Fish, Chincoteague NWR The Moment of Action

The best wildlife photos involve a lot of waiting around and a little luck. If the animal is comfortable with your presence, you may be treated to some nice behavior opportunities. If you're really lucky, something unusual or exciting may happen in a flash. Photographers call this the "moment of action." It is the right time to shoot, and it never lasts long.

I was fortunate to work at the White House for a couple of years, and I attended many functions where the press was present. At first, I was surprised that even with the President, dignitaries, and celebrities around, the shutters of the professional photographers were generally silent. Then I realized that every gesture, funny expression, or exaggerated movement would set off a small commotion of shutter clicks from behind the ropes cordoning off the press corps. The photographers were shooting only moments of action to illustrate the personality of their subjects.

The philosophy is the same with wildlife. While "posing and looking bored" shots are fine, my favorite photos show more personality. Not all of my shots are like this because I am not that fortunate. My more boring shots are posted here, too, because I wanted to share as many of my photos as possible with my friends and family.

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