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Brown Quail

Brown Quail (Image ID 42616)
Photographed bySteve Mantle on Sat 1st Aug, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 29th Sep, 2020 .
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ID42616
CommentLate afternoon, down low with a myriad quails coming in for a drink at a small puddle on a seldom used gravel track bisecting local farms and council owned swampland. I had been trying over several days to isolate some birds at this exact spot and I even topped up the puddle on a couple of occasions. There are so many quails at this location that my biggest challenge was capturing an isolated bird and its reflection without having brown blobs photo-bombing in the background, or running into the shot at great velocity from either side. It's amazing what can happen between focusing and pressing the shutter down! In any event I was able to manage a handful of tolerable images, this being one of my favourites. I particularly liked how the final rays of the sun caught its head as it looked up, and the ripples in the puddle behind the bird.
EquipmentCanon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
ƒ/6.7 400mm 1/1500 ISO1600
Prone under camo throw
LocationPort Macquarie, New South Wales
Keywordsadult
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