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Elegant Opportunist
Photograph by József L. Szentpéteri

A little bittern feasts on mayflies emerging from the Tisza River. Other birds, including swallows, warblers, flycatchers, gulls, thrushes, and kingfishers, also flock to gather the windfall of free protein. The birds—as well as fish, frogs, and other predators—generally prefer live prey. Turtles will gorge on the masses of dead mayflies that float on the surface after the die-off.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: f/2.8 200 with 2x extender
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light



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