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on Sep 18, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

The Little Black Turnstone

Black Turnstone
captured by D5 / 180-400VR

Back in the ’80s after I had bought the 800f5.6 EDIF, I was haunting the rocky shores of Monterey a lot. Being on the edge of Monterey Bay, there are small little pockets of birds, not particularly rare, just rarely seen and even more rarely photographed. They grabbed my imagination, especially the little Black Turnstone. A tad smaller than your fist, I got a photograph of one way back when that I’ve always truly enjoyed. And for decades that one image satisfied me, until about a year ago. I had never gone back and looked for or photographed the Black Turnstone since them early days. Last year, I got the hankering to go and improve on my old photo. I’m glad I did!

Black Turnstone
captured by D5 / 180-400VR

Living at the splash zone on the rocky shore, those rocks and splash are very much a part of the Black Turnstone. The three elements I need to tell the story are already dictated, I just had to combine those elements to tell its story. Shooting with the D5 / 180-400VR hand-holding, I was able to get out on the rocks easily. I then looked for the Turnstone on good looking rocks with a great splash background. Then watching the biology, made the click with that small gesture came to life. While I have a new favorite Black Turnstone image, I won’t wait that long to go back and improve on it!

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