21 August 2012

Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata)
Tejo Internacional NP, Portugal

During recent months, this was one of the species I spent some time photographing. The Pin-tailed Sandgrouse is one of the rarest and most beautiful birds nidifying in Portugal. Lack of knowledge about the nidification of these Sandgrouses – rediscovered about a decade ago – in our country is mainly due to the extremely low number of couples (probably less than ten) and the fact that they inhabit a remote area, scarcely visited by ornithologists. This is certainly not the technically best image I captured, but I chose it to show both male and female, in a way that greatly pleases me.

Nikon D3s + Nikon 500mm f4 VR + Nikon TC-14E II (=700mm)
iso 500, 1/500, f5.6