Get your mind out of the gutter! 🙂 Chasing Bermuda Longtails. I have always loved these birds as they fly around the cliffs, playing and darting in and out. When I lived here the surviving numbers were very low, now they are much more plentiful with around 25 of them buzzing around me at Coopers Island yesterday.
To plagiarize Wikipedia – “The white-tailed tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) is a tropicbird, smallest of three closely related seabirds of the tropical oceans and smallest member of the order Phaethontiformes. It occurs in the tropical Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian Oceans. It also breeds on some Caribbean islands, and a few pairs have started nesting recently on Little Tobago, joining the red-billed tropicbird colony. In addition to the tropical Atlantic, it nests as far north as Bermuda, where it is locally called a “longtail”.”
Once again this is a case where you never have a long enough lens. But to catch these darty birds you need a very fast focus system on your camera. It can be tough with my 3 year old mirrorless system. But put it on wide tracking, burst shutter and start clicking. I was surprised how many of the shots were in great focus. But given the distance extreme cropping is in play again, although not as bad as with the Americas Cup boats from the other day. Enjoy these beautiful birds.