DESCRIPTIONDuring breeding season, great egrets grow long, wavy plumes on their backs. A male great egret chooses a nesting site and builds a nest with sticks and twigs. The great egret in this photo was eager to start his courtship displays before completing his nest. He worked hard to find a mate by raising his lovely plumes, curving his neck into an S shape and moving his body up and down. Sometimes he ducked his head low and then suddenly stretched his neck, pointing his bill to the sky. Photographing his moves felt like witnessing an amazing show in nature.
AUTHORFenqiang Liu began studying drawing while attending middle school in China. During college, he took an interest in photography. After finishing his BA degree in Chinese literature, Fenqiang worked as a cameraman for geographic educational videos. He later came to the United States to obtain his MFA in Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After graduation, Fenqiang worked as a computer animator and motion graphic designer. He and his wife later opened a business that provides behavior analysis services for children with autism. In recent years, Fenqiang has devoted his time to nature and wildlife photography and won multiple awards from international photo contests.
Fenqiang’s cultural influence from both the East and the West, his artistic background, and his photography mastery allow him to express his thoughts and emotions in a unique style.