Stonechat, Morocco

April 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I'm about two months late with this post, sorry, I'm a little busy. Anyhow, back to Morocco, and our penultimate day spent in the Oued Massa. We spent the first half of the day getting a guided tour of some of the good birds, but decided that it was ultimately too restricting on the photography front and so proceeded alone into the fields between a couple of the villages. Here I found the best Stonechat in the entire world and proceeded to lay waste to it for about half an hour. Chats are easily my favourite group of birds, I find I make excuses to photograph them more than anything else. The bird remained faithful to a low bush allowing for some very pleasing clean backgrounds, and the light was sensationally nice in the late afternoon. All handheld I think, so that I could get exactly the right angle with the minimum of fuss - shutter speeds around 1/3200s so no worries on the wobble front. Such a compliant bird, everything fell into place, and as a result one of my most satisfying bursts ever! The first image is my favourite - I took so many, and ended up having to delete most of them as they were all identical. Will I ever learn?! Probably not, but these situations come about rarely, and most often than not you really have to work at it in order to create them. For this one I simply bowled up, but the method was the same - get cracking with that shutter!

 

 


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