Avocets (Recurvirostra Avosetta)

Avocets (Recurvirostra Avosetta) are migratory birds which arrive into the UK during the Winter months. They often nest in habitat environments where water is nearby. Typically these birds can be found at a coastal location, or sometimes in in-land areas that contant easy access to large quantity of water. The Avocets that we see in the UK are black and white in nature and have a curved beak.

The images taken in this slideshow was photographed at an Essex Wildlife Trust location from a hide. Photographing these birds are difficult to get right. Do you expose for the whites or the blacks? Getting the balance right is not easy.

The following settings are suggested:

Aperture Priority.

Aperture: F/5.6 to F/8.

Shutter Speed: 1/1000 to 1/1600, but can go slower, depending on focal length of the lens and for panning techniques.

ISO: Between 100-1600, can go higher, depending on how well the camera handles noise.

Metering: Centre Weighted or Evaluative.