Egret Photo Shoot

Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest Building

Egret Rookery Photo Shoot

Date: Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Location: Ninth Street Rookery in Santa Rosa

Time: Beginning at 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (An Afternoon Shoot)

Meeting Place: Ninth Street, in Santa Rosa, CA (See Map below)

This Rookery has been established for quite a while. All though I have been aware of it for many years going back to 2009. This year is the first time I spend time photographing this incredible place. It’s really an egret paradise. Although, it’s not very big only occupying several eucalyptus trees, plus a few more adjacent trees.

The species that are nesting in these trees are Great Egrets, Snowy and Cattle Egrets, as well as Black-crowned Night Herons. There are opportunities to capture images of all these species. Right now, most of the nesting has been completed. However, now some of the young are growing and beginning to show themselves above the stick nests.

Wings Out As A Snowy Egret Prepares To Land In A Eucalyptus Tree Branches

Here too you’ll not need a big telephoto lens. Even though, I will bring my 600 mm lens. Lenses in the 200mm or 300mm range will work for most types of the images.

This Rookery is in a residential neighborhood, and parking is difficult. There sometimes spaces on the street next to the rookery trees. If not available, you might have to park on some side street and walk to the rookery area.

It’s a good two-hour drive from most Bay Area cities, less from the North Bay, and longer from the South Bay.

I will be giving camera setting tips as well as positioning you in the right places to get flight images, as well as nesting behavior.  The images on this page are from my three previous visits to the rookery.

Contact me if you have any additional questions. or 650-339-2555. Please sign-up and register below to reserve your space.

Sunday, May 20, 2018
(2:00 PM Start Time)

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Great Egret Carrying Sticks To Build Nest

Location Map:

Ninth Street Rookery

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Location aliases
: Known to birders as the “Ninth St. Rookery.”

Location: On West Ninth St., Between Stony Point Rd. and North Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa, CA, but closer to Stony Point Rd. than to Dutton.

GPS address: 950 West Ninth St., Santa Rosa, CA 95401

GPS Coordinates: 38 26 29N, 122 44 25W

Access: Can be approached from Stony Point Rd. or from North Dutton Ave. The rookery trees are closer to Stony Point Rd. than to Dutton. On-street parking.

Habitats: Residential, urban

Great Egret In Breeding Plumage Throws Back Head And Neck In A Courtship Display