Greedy Red-Winged Starling

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Gerry van der Walt - Wildlife Photography

Greedy Red-Winged Starling 

Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa

Nikon D800, 300mm, 1/1600, f/7,1, ISO 1600

I love wildlife photography but birds are not my best subjects.

Hey, I love birding and get how people can get completely addicted to bird photography but I much prefer the larger subjects out in the field.

That being said I will most definitely point my camera at a bird if the scene catches my eye.  This is exactly what happened when this Red Winged Starling landed in front of me during a recent photo workshop for young photographers in the Pilanesberg National Park.

The rain had just stopped and the birds were all in a complete feeding frenzy as they went after the innumerable flying ants.

This particular Starling got greedy and did some serious hunting on the floor as he could barely manage all the ants in his beak.

I lifted my camera, focused and as soon as I saw his eye clicked the shutter.  The long focal length and close distance to my subject made for a very shallow depth of field which makes the mess of wings stand out thereby making it the complete focus in the frame.

Might not be my favourite subjects but I most definitely like a good photographic subject when it comes along!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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