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Pied Stilt

Pied Stilt (Image ID 42863)
Photographed byNathan Watson on Fri 22nd May, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 13th Oct, 2020 .
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ID42863
CommentI was expecting a misty morning based on the cool, clear overnight forecast so got up before dawn to visit an isolated rural lake where I had seen a few different species, hoping to create something atmospheric. The fog was much thicker than hoped and made shooting conditions more difficult. It was dull and quiet early but as the sun got higher the lake came to light and life. As the sunlight shone through the fog I saw an opportunity to shoot into the light and try some silhouettes. This Pied Stilt taking flight was one of a series of images I captured. The foggy conditions don't provide the usual high contrast associated with silhouettes and allow some of the distinctive pied plumage patterns to remain identifiable. I've entered this image to present something more artistic, with its ethereal quality, backlight in the wing tips, water dripping off its feet and muted silhouette reflection.
EquipmentCanon EOS 1DX MKII, Sigma Sports 150-600mm, F/6.3, 1/4000 & ISO 125.
LocationYoung's Siding, Western Australia
Keywordsin flight, adult
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