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Double-striped Thick-knee

Image # 1D2_03665

Tarcoles River


Canon 600L/f4 IS with 1.4x II Teleconverter

ISO 400, f/8, 1/1250 second

Manual Metering

Gitzo 1325/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


There was a lot of action when this shot was taken. Marco had spotted a pair of Southern Lapwings somewhat far away, and we had moved closer to the shore to see if we could get close enough to shoot them. As we get to the shore, a pair of these Thick-knees was also spotted. And as if that wasn't enough, at virtually the same time, a Yellow-headed Caracara appeared out of nowhere, and landed on the shore very close to the boat! It was hard to decide what to shoot. A number of us ended up getting out of the boat, and onto the somewhat muddy shore, to get better shooting angles for the various birds around. The mud was not too appealing photographically, so I shortened the legs on my tripod as much as I could to get a nice, low shooting angle, bringing some of the green in the opposite shore in the field of view.