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Pied Stilt

Image # 1D2_01754

Surat Bay, New Zealand


Canon 600L/f4 IS with 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 1600, f/11, 1/400 second

Manual Exposure

550EX/BB at -1 2/3 EV

Gitzo 1325/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


As we drove around the roads in the Surat Bay area, I spotted a pair of these Pied Stilts feeding in the mud flats. They were quite a distance away, and the skies were still completely overcast, so light was quite a problem. Flash didn't spook these guys, but at the distance I was shooting, and at f/11, I don't know if it did any good. But not having any shots of this species, I put on the 2x, and got what I could. Even with the 2x, I had to crop the image about 50% to come up with the image above.