Sonja

Sonja

Posted on 08/01/2014


Photo taken on March 20, 2014



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Arenaria interpres
Ruddy Turnstone
Steinwaelzer
Fuerteventura
Caleta de Fuste


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Levina de Ruijter
Levina de Ruijter
What a great catch, Sonja! Pretty birds. And a pretty good shot as well. I have a telescope here, a 80mm refractor and I tried doing this but I found focusing just about impossible. Your shot is better than anything I managed to get!

Nice to see you posting something, by the way!
3 years ago.
Sonja has replied to Levina de Ruijter
I can only post and process pics when in Friedrichshafen unfortunately. We got a wireless pay-by-day internet access for news watching a bit TV or looking up something on the internet over at Altenstadt but I do not like to use the laptop even to look at the shots of online friends as the display does nothing justice but some high contrast writing or the weather graphics in the news. I will be not on a lot in the next months, only when I am near my desktop, but I will be back with a really horrible backlog one day. :)

I rarely get good shots with the spotting scope, and never really great ones either, despite of our scope being a Swarovsky and meanwhile having a professional and pricey, not homebuilt, adapter.
Important is very bright light, no wind, a sedate lazy subject not changing place, a very heavy tripot no lady would want to haul about on her own, and finally a somewhat busy setting where heavy use of a chromatic aberration tool in postprocessing wont discolour outlines (no calm blue sky), only then it sort of may work. That particular evening I was extremely lucky, with many shorebirds snoozing or standing around on dark rocks, sun in my back, and wind shelter for the whole setup.
3 years ago.
Levina de Ruijter has replied to Sonja
Ah? I thought you were just away for another vacation, but you will be gone longer then. And your "really horrible backlog"? Ha, I'm already looking forward to it! :)
3 years ago.
Sonja has replied to Levina de Ruijter
The husband got a longer hiatus, mostly for his personal projects.We often stay in our tiny own rooms at the house where he was born. working all day so things won't fall apart around or above the tenants and their movable possessions. And when it gets less warm again, that beetle infested forest is also not quite done with.
I am not that far away, only to far to travel back and sleep here each day, but I will be also home inbetween often, just not for long, never alone and bored and always busy with far more real life than I am used to. Home is after all where the washing maschine is and building and lumbering is both very dirty work :)
3 years ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
Quite a gathering! Great capture!
3 years ago.
Sonja has replied to Eunice Perkins
They can occurre in really big flocks. This where only few birds trying to nap on a rock surrounded by water. Sometimes in fishing harbours during storms they take over whole mored boats as dormitory, sitting like a carpet all turned to the wind with the chest, which looks cute for the tourists but for the fishermen in just means they will find the whole deck filthy afterwards, so they are less enthused.
3 years ago.
Bob Ottey
Bob Ottey
Very Fine Catch Sonja Beautiful Study Very Definite Fav Kindest Regards Bob.
3 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
They are amazingly variable in their coloration.
3 years ago.
Sonja has replied to Ron Hanko
That comes from beining in moult back to the summer dress in late march. Full summer dress sports a foxy/chestnut wing and back area with only few symetric black accents and a black and white clean cut head and breast pattern,whilst in winter most of each individual bird but the belly and undertail, which is white in all plumages, goes wildly mottled with varied dull browns. Also the feet are more bright orange in the breeding period and dull down to a brownish yellow in winter
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful shot.
3 years ago.