Monthly pic September 2013

Moorish Wall Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica). Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, Canon Extender EF 1.4x III, 1/320, f/8, iso 400, tripod.
19/09/2013
A recent trip to Catalonia provided me with excellent opportunities to photograph the Common or Moorish Wall Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica). This abundant and wonderful critter comes out mainly at night to hunt for insects. The many streetlights around our accommodation enabled them to enjoy a rather lazy lifestyle. They stick to the framed glass with their adhesive toepads, waiting for their prey to approach the artificial light. Their silhouettes made for a enjoyable evening of photography.

Me and a friend also did some scouting for future potential workshops destinations and we managed to observe and photograph Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) and Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus). More pictures will follow soon. As for now I can tell you that nothing is as invigorating as between 150 and 200 curious vultures trying to claw their way into our metal reinforced hide. An unbelievable experience!

It was also the first time I took my Canon 5D mark III out into the field. I recently upgraded my Canon 50D to this full frame camera. I now use my trusty 50D as my second and backup body. I was debating this move for quite a while, but I eventually opted for it's excellent low noise levels, while accepting the loss of crop-factor and slightly less frames per second. The camera performed excellent, although I am still getting used to the new controls. I hope it will enable me to create even more wildlife pics for you to enjoy, cheers!

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