Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Crested Goshawk: this photograph may not be used without permission.

I was driving to another area and then I saw this near the main park station on top of a dead branch perching and waiting for the sunset. I knew what I was going to go through as leeches infest that area and I will never dare go there without my proper gear. I usually would have with me my gators and sprayed on them insect repellent to discourage leeches from hanging on my legs.

That day, I had nothing of those, all left in Bangkok, all I had were my Crocs. So I decided to take the risk and paid attention to where I was going. Early that day already had at least fifteen leeches on me and I successfully flicked them off. All I had was rubbing alcohol which really helped.

When I started shooting, I can’t just get the right angle, so I decided to go in the thicket a little more to find the other side of the Goshawk that was not against the light. There were more leeches attacked me so I would shoot, flick them and shoot again. It was worth it and I was satisfied of the shots. Thanks to mother nature, I have given so much respect to Her. Thank God for creating this lovely raptor and I enjoyed watching it.

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR


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