Collin J Örthner – Photographer

May 10, 2012

Avocet Courtship Display

Filed under: Birds, E-M5, m4/3, Nature — collin j örthner @ 5:12 am

I was fortunate enough to visit Slack Slough on Monday morning this week for a couple of hours. The avocets were around, but that was about it in my immediate vicinity. I would follow them around with my camera pointed towards them for long periods of time until they finally accepted me as part of the landscape and approached fairly close to where I was siting. One of the females then went into a beautiful courtship display where she would bow down with here bill on the surface of the water and her wings stretched up high. Needless to say my camera (Olympus E-M5) was in astroblast mode and I managed to capture about 5 images of the quick display of which this one tells the story best. Lighting was great and the reflection worked out fantastic. I had on my Tamron 500mm lens for this image and with the background far in the distance I was able to achieve a nice bokeh. I really like how the surface tension of the water is creating a meniscus up to her bill! I think that is how you would describe this, but if someone out there knows better, please let me know.

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”  Matthew 6:26 (ESV)


[Olympus E-M5, Tamron 500mm f/8]



  1. Beautiful Collin!

    Comment by Donna Sproule — May 10, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    • Thanks Donna, it is such a privilege to be able to enjoy these beautiful creatures!!

      Comment by collin orthner — May 10, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  2. That is an incredible picture Collin! What a blessing!

    Comment by Jan — May 10, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

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