A pair of spoonbills were idling on a calm lake shore when I tried to get into range with my 18-270mm Lens extended to it’s full capability (270mm). Unfortunately one needs a longer lens in order to capture birds.

Not only that I was traveling light and hence carried only Tamron 18-270mm Lens which is versatile, but I also don’t have anything beyond 270mm presently.

So, I tried to sneak as near as possible. But everyone know Birds’ senses. And off they flew the moment they caught me.

Foreseeing possibility of this problem, I had my camera set on Continuous drive and also the focus to AI Servo. And it paid off. I could capture a series of pictures of this magnificent duo going off on the lake just inches above water, their wings occasionally disturbing the otherwise stagnant water surface.

Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Tamron AF 18-270mm Di II
Exposure: f/6.3 @ 1/400 Secs.
ISO 100
Osaka C-PL 72mm


  • moyo
    moyoover 2 years ago

    a lovely capture. so well composed.

  • Thank you so much Moyo… much appreciated… glad you like it… :)

    – Biren Brahmbhatt

  • George's Photography
    George's Photo...over 2 years ago

  • Wow… much appreciated, George and group… many thanks…

    – Biren Brahmbhatt

  • martinhenry
    martinhenryover 2 years ago

    great capture, love it

  • Thanks a ton Martin… much appreciated… :-)

    – Biren Brahmbhatt

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 2 years ago

    Beautiful birds; love hoe the wings on the top one catch the light.

  • Thank you Teh… I wish I had a longer lens… something like 100-400 or so… could have zoomed in on those silver-lining wings…

    – Biren Brahmbhatt

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