This capture is among my favorite photos of this migratory bird because of the take-off pose and the catch light. Likewise, the nearer wingtips are acting like a veil that tries unsuccessfully to hide the pretty face of the avian ballerina.
The Canon 1D MIV’s amazing AF and 10-fps frame rate were instrumental in nailing this shot.
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus, migrant)
Habitat: Wetlands from coastal mudflats to ricefields.
Shooting info – Sta. Cruz, Zambales, Philippines, February 9, 2011, Canon 1D MIV + EF 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC II, 700 mm, 1/1600 sec, f/6.3, ISO 800, manual exposure in available light, 475B/516 support.
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