Dunlin, a wader / shorebird, Chew Valley Lake, south of Bristol; 5 May 2021.  Dunlin are common on our coasts in the winter.  This one, in summer plumage, was on its way to its northern breeding grounds.

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in DX (= APS-C) format at 450mm;  500 ISO; spot metering; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait v2 profile.



  1. Great image of this beauty, Adrian! That color scheme on his feathers is just lovely.

    I’m glad to read you are starting to get out and hope you are feeling more energized by this experience.


  2. Ah, your DX bird photograph! It’s lovely, Adrian. Your reluctance to get out has not diminished your talent for making photographs. I love the way the ripples radiate around the bird’s body. Of course that would happen, but in a photograph the ripples serve as leading lines.


    • Yes, the ripples add to it, I was lucky there. More DX photos in the pipeline. The other thing to mention is that with a mirrorless camera, what you see through the EVF is exactly what the camera’s sensor is seeing, so whatever adjustments you make to the camera, you will see them in the EVF and they will be in the resulting image – whereas with a DSLR you only see what the optical viewfinder sees, so that the sensor may be recording a different (eg darker) version of the image. 🙂


  3. I’m sorry to hear that you’re not up and about more, Sue. It appears that the vaccines are getting the UK out of trouble at the moment, but I stay conscious of the fact that many other places in the world continue to have a really bad time, and that until they’re safe, we won’t be either. Oh what a time this is.


    • Thank you, Sue, glad you like it. Now that covid is receding a little, I’m pushing myself to go out more and further afield, but I have to say it not an easy job! 🙂


        • Well its two things really. Being no longer young(!), we’ve been taking covid very seriously and taking all the precautions, although we have been getting out most days for local walks – whereas I gather that there are some people who have not been outside at all.
          So we’re ok on that point, but I’ve found that the whole pandemic experience has really sapped my energy and motivation, such that visits to my usual stamping grounds – the Somerset Levels and Weston-super-Mare (my home town) – have simply seemed to much of a challenge. So this visit to Chew Lake was a definite step forward, and I definitely intend getting to the other two places soon.

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