Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Amur Falcon (female): this photograph may not be used without permission.

One joys of birding is just being there at the right place at the right time where a migrant happy bird of prey is. Watching this lovely bird yesterday was pure joy. We started off with just only four people and four cars and the day ended as a circus for the bird that created a long line of cars and trucks covered with dust and all. When people heard of our find on facebook, everybody clocked out from work even before lunch, some were just waiting for their office works to end, some left their businesses to their managers, some skipped work, it was a chance not to be missed for another year to come.

I was one of the earliest bird, so all the chances of only getting the right shots absent photoshopping, was something that I was excited to do. I never shoot or shot raw, I just want the right thing all the time and here we are. Framed and properly done.

The bird stayed for us the whole day and until the night; heat, wind, dust, these elements added with hunger and dehydration opted us to stay sharp and take in food and water. We worked so hard, and even without the hides, the bird cooperated. Well, it goes down to the best shots and composition ideas. Thank you bird, please come back next year.

Pak Phli, Nakorn Nayok, Thailand
December 15, 2016
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

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