Hold it right there…

Having lots of light is a luxury, especially this time of year.  With enough light, you don’t have to make trade-offs between shutter speed and depth of field — to put it simply, you can get just about anything in focus, no matter how fast it’s moving or how far away it is.

Consequently you can catch birds in mid-air, stop them cold even when they’re swooping and diving.

Case in point: this white-tailed tropicbird.  This particular specimen was dodging and weaving around the waves and cliffs at Poipu Point on the island of Kauai.  Up one second, down the next, around and through — it could almost have tied that flashy tail in a knot at the rate it was going.

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~ by Shelly F. Cohen on 25 December 2009.

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