Mixed Formation

Mixed Formation

Birds usually tend to stick to their own when flying in groups. Apparently this isn't a hard-set rule, though, as I did see a group of Stilts flying along with Lapwings over the water reservoir. The Stilts have the distinctive thin frame, with the long red legs, while the Lapwings a sturdier in build, having the brown back. Interesting to see them flying together!

What do I like about this photo? It's a surprising and interesting moment from nature, which I was not expecting. I used a fast shutter speed (1/2500 of a second) to freeze the action. The background is blurred since I used an open aperture (f/6.3 - the most open my lens allows at this focal length) so it doesn't steal the focus of the picture, but is still interesting enough with the hues of blue, brown, and green.

What would I want to improve? Being closer to the birds would have resulted in more details (provided I would have been able to catch the action - not sure my technique would be up to the task). A lowed angle of view would probably have made for a more dramatic photo...

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