Monday, 13 June 2011

Female Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)

The male Ruff gets all the headlines with that oh-so impressive plumage (see earlier post). But in her own, more subtle fashion the female is attractive too. The feathers on the bird's back remind me a little of those found on a Turtle Dove and – in the right light – they can be such deep shades. With thids image I again went for the widest aperture I could at this focal length, meaning increased depth of field and a nicely blurred background.

Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, 285mm at ISO 400


  1. That's a very attractive bird though the stance makes me think of my Ma's feather duster...

  2. Lovely plumage and great bokeh Tim.