Wednesday, 1 February 2012


I don't know how tolerant of humans Turnstones are in the rest of the country, but there is an area of North Norfolk where large numbers gather in an area criss-crossed by coastal paths and here they are remarkably calm at close proximity. As I lay on a sand dune, this individual – along with several others – sauntered up to me until it was just over a metre away. Indeed it strayed so close on occasions that the lens I was using ran out of focal length; the bird was just too close.

Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/1,000th sec, f/8, 400mm at ISO 250


  1. It's a perfect image, I opened it in a new tab and everything is as sharp as a pin.