Early morning golden light can be like magic for wildlife photos. I’m amazed at how many people I see that show up to locations that I’ve been shooting at as I’m leaving. They don’t seem to have a grasp on the concept of good lighting for wildlife photography. It’s all about the light, in my opinion.
Caught this Avocet in the golden hour just after sunrise. There are a few challenges with Avocet photography. Finding them, getting close to them and getting an isolated shot. They are always in a group while flying, feeding or just walking around. Getting a photo of a single Avocet can be golden, so to speak.
Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens with 1.4x III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head
1/500 sec @ F9, ISO 400, evaluative metering, 700mm