Eurasian Dotterels – migrating visitors

Euroasian Dotterel, migrant photographed near Skjern in western Jutland on May 10th 2014.

Euroasian Dotterel, migrant photographed near Skjern in western Jutland on May 10th 2014.

The Eurasian Dotterel is a regular, if rare, visitor to the western parts of Denmark during a few weeks in early May each year. They have a number of fields pinpointed which they seem to frequent each year, but even so, finding them can be a challenge. Not only are they surprisingly hard to spot, they also move around between the few fields where they hang quite a lot.

Anyway; the Dotterels breed in remote locations in Norway and Sweden, where they don’t learn to fear humans much – so they are rather trusting little birds. In this case they allowed us to get close, as long as we were either creeping or crawling behind the big cameras/lenses. I must have shot a couple of hundred frames (as Christian says, you never know when you see one again) but only these few came out any good, a sign that I need to get to work microadjusting my new camera with the TC/500mm combo.

And speaking of microadjust (ma), it is far from the rocket science that some people will have you believe. In this link a fellow bird photographer named Arash Hazeghi outlines a very effective yet extremely quick’n easy way to do it, and I’ll be going through that procedure with my kit tomorrow.

The new EOS 1Ds mkiii is a joy to use – as soon as I have the focus sorted it’ll hopefully be the answer to my dreams (so far anyway). I sold my 5D mki and my 1D mkiii, so at this stage I actually only have one house, meaning it had better work!

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  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
  • Taken: 10 May, 2014
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250s

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