Before I go on a photography shoot I always check what the conditions are ie. weather, wind etc... and when I'm on a beach its always good to know the tide times. In this case I remembered that high tide would be in a few hours. This helped massively in obtaining these shots. As large flocks can sometime be hard to approach due to the many eyes watching your every move. I positioned myself up on the beach a fair way back from the flock. From here I knew if I stayed still the tide would bring the flock to me and they wouldn't be scared off. After about a 45 minute wait the sanderlings were a meter away from me. I doubt I could of got this close if I had tried to approach them.
Here are the shots I got:
|Keeping an eye out|
|Amongst the flock|
|Reflection of the flock|
|Standing on one leg to save energy|
|Running from the water|
- Use the tide to your advantage.
- Patience is key to most wildlife photography and it nearly always pays off.
- As always, a low angle and shallow depth of field works well to make the subject stand out.