Saturday, 29 March 2014

Back-light Godwit

Together with Jos van de Kerkhof, I spent the night in a hide on the small island of Marken in the IJssel lake (less than 25 km from Amsterdam) amidst Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa)/Grutto), Redshanks (Tringa totanus/Tureluur), a few Spotted Redshanks (Tringa erythropus/Zwarte Ruiter), and Dunlin (Calidris alpina/Bonte Strandloper), Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus/Kievit) and Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus/Scholekster). I did not sleep a wink. These waders have a continuous quarrels and other social interactions in the night, and they are above all noisy! But it was a great experience and we were rewarded with a magnificent back-light scene in the early morning. If you are also interested in such an adventure, check out When you want to book please mention my name.

* Canon EOS 7D, 500mm/f4; ISO-400, f5.6, 1/4000s; -0.3 stop; bean bag.
* Canon EOS 7D, 500mm/f4 + 1.4x; ISO-400, f5.6, 1/800s; bean bag.

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