ALMOST A CRASH

BLACK-WINGED STILT

HIMANTOPUS HIMANTOPUS

The waters at Bibra Lake are often perfectly still, mirroring anything that passes perfectly in reflection. This image of an adult and juvenile black-winged stilt was captured just after dawn. As the juvenile took off the adult followed but had to brake unexpectedly on landing, almost causing a crash.

Bibra Lake, Western Australia

Nikon D800E, Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5–5.6 AF-S, focal length 400mm, 1/4000, f/9, ISO 640, handheld

by Melissa Zappelli