I took a unexpected detour to Magnolia Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina today. The Great Egrets are roosting right now, but unfortunately I only had a 200mm as my longest lens to try to capture these beautiful birds on the nest. They boardwalk through the rookery never got closer than 200 feet to the nests, so the results were that the birds were very small in the photos.

I wanted to see what I might be able to get from a crop of the 36 Megapixels on my Nikon D800 sensor and I thought I’d share the results with you, first a full sized image as captured, then a crop of the same photo.

Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 @ f4 1/640 ISO 400. Shot raw, processed with ACR.

And the same image cropped to the subject.