This was a real stroke of luck - just happened to be in the right place at the right time. We were sitting on the balcony at Melkbos after lunch, and I was fiddling with the settings on my camera and on my new 500mm Sigma zoom lens, taking some test photos.
I had just switched the camera off, and put the cap on the lens, when suddenly this group of sacred ibis decided to give us a showing, forcing themselves into the face of a strong South-westerly wind. So off came the lens cap and snap, snap, snap. I didn't even have time to put the camera into AI (Artificial Intelligence) Servo mode, but was really happy with the result. In a perfect world, the opportunity should have taken place in the morning, when the sun might have lit up their eyes, but one can't have everything!
Title from the song by the magnificent guitarist and folk singer, Arlo Guthrie
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