Photographer's Note

This next three pictures that I am placing for your view is to reinforce the audience’s will to get to know their subject. This bird, the Double-Striped Thick Knee, is a ground nesting bird. Thus, its eggs and chicks are vulnerable to a high risk of predation. As it turns out, it is a common ground nesting bird behavior to attract predators towards themselves as they get too close to their nest or chicks. The tail fanning and dropped wings gave me a clue that a pair of these birds had a nest close bye. I eyed the general area from which the birds took off so I could go back to mark the nest site for later pictures and to prevent people and airplanes from trampling it as it was located on the airstrip. I strongly recommend marking pictures sites as rookeries, roosts, budding leafs and flowers, landscapes shoot sites etc. as this will enable you to go back and take pictures later at different light or stages of an animal or plant life cycle. Using a GPS can be great and I am saving to put one in my camera bag. As getting close to the birds went on, coping with light was hell, every time I approached the birds, they kept on movingas part of their strategy to get me away from their nesting area. They kept on running right into the sun light. It seemed to me, that by having the sun in my eyes it would work towards their advantage. So I decided to do a backlit shot while I still had the chance and leave the birds alone, well it paid off. It would have been great to have a fill in flash to use on the birds, but setting it while one is on the run was not a priority in my mind!

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