FISHER PAN, ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, NAMIBIA
PIED AVOCET, RECURVIROSTRA AVOSETTA

A pied avocet wades across the rain-filled Fisher Pan in Etosha, trailed by a wake line in the water dividing the rain clouds' reflection.

Their long, thin, upcurved bills gave the avocet its scientific name Recurvirostra and is used to scything side to side when feeding (a technique that is unique to the avocets) in the prefered saline wetlands. They breed in Europe and Western and Central Asia but migrate South during winter. They are one of the first waders to arrive in larger numbers when Etosha Pan or the much smaller neighbouring Fisher Pan starts to fill up with rain water at the onset of the rainy season.

Often during the rainy season in Etosha the days would be grey and dull - not exactly the perfect conditions for great photographs. It is during those "desperate" times that test your creative ability as an artist and endurance to still go out and catch that special moment. It also opens your eyes to a more black and white way of viewing the world. Shapes, geometry, light and shade become more vital to create a good image. I choose a panoramic crop to accentuate the wake line.

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