It wasn’t all fish based fun on our southern red sea liveaboard last week.
Here’s a couple of shots of a stowaway we had onboard for a couple of days.
This tiny bird exhausted by it’s annual migration we guess, joined us for a little rest and decided to stay for a couple of days.
It seemed obviously tired after flapping alongside our boat for a few miles, and jumped aboard, so Samir our salon manager who had done such a great job looking after us all week, added our feathery friend to his daily rota.
He handfed it and dribbled water into its mouth just like a mother bird would do.
Extraordinary to watch the bond forming between these unlikely shipmates.
I must confess my knowledge of birdlife is woefully inadequate compared to my knowledge of things aquatic so I can’t furnish you with the breed, maybe let us know on our Facebook page if you recognise the little creature.
For the photo geeks amongst you I was shooting with my fisheye lens attached to the camera, which is the lens I use most underwater. I didn’t want to stress the bird too much so I set the camera on shutter priority and if you want to know why that can be useful check out my earlier blogpost here. Click Here
My camera settings were f8 at a 1/60 second, that being the shutter speed I felt I could get away with if I or the bird didn’t move too much, and aided by the image stabiliser.
The ISO I left on Auto to take care of itself and in the shady conditions it chose 1000 ISO, but using the really good noise reductions in Adobe Lightroom I’ve managed to keep the noise under control quite well and it hasn’t impacted too much upon the shot, even with the heavily cropped title slide.
So don’t forget once in awhile try and use your camera on land when you can.