I was running late, rushing up the path to an appointment, sunglasses on, my camera buried deep inside my backpack. There, at the top of the path, was a local tui, perfectly framed on a tree branch just a metre or two away, at eye level. What to do?
Expecting the bird to be gone by the time I was ready I quietly and carefully dealt with the two zips and velcro strap separating me from the camera. My polarised sunglasses interact in the worst way with the polarising filter I routinely use over the lens, so I just pointed and clicked, aiming to grab at least something before the bird took fright.
As it happened, I was able to take three shots, one with my regular glasses and I think one with no glasses (thank goodness for autofocus) but that first shot was the one I liked best.
I thought these shots would simply fail, as all my previous tui shots have failed, but I caught this one in full song and as a simple silhouette. Look how she has her beak open and the wattles on her neck clearly showing. The tree framed her beautifully. Click the thumbnail for a larger view.