Another Izzy Wheatear

April 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I'm gradually working through images taken on my not-so-recent trip to Cyprus. It was a flying visit, which meant I had precisely two evening sessions. This photo comes from the first of those, and is of an Isabelline Wheatear on the "dump tracks" at Cape Greco. In the failing light, I took this from the car window as the bird perched up, lit by the setting sun. When the car rolled to a stop it spooked the bird, as is often the case, but once at a standstill, the bird returned of its own volition and perched up again, albeit not quite as cleanly - the first perch would have been magnificent! I've cloned out more than a few excess twigs to create this - the first one would have needed no intervention whatsoever, and would still have been better. Nevermind. It was a great end to a great - if tiring - day. 

Izzy Wheatear was easily the most common Wheatear across the Island. In specific habitat there were more Pied Wheatears, but for overall distribution, Isabelline was the clear winner. This is not a bad thing.....  1/800s at f5.6 - engine off and lens resting on the wing-mirror for support.

 


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