Looking for a mate

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland


Taken high in the Cairngorms, the dotterel is a stunning little plover with it’s rich chestnut-orange feathers.  Female dotterel are more brightly coloured than males and don’t assist with chick rearing. One female might mate with males in both Scotland and Norway in one summer, laying a clutch of eggs to be tended by the males in each country.

I love how I have captured the bird overlooking the landscape in the hope of finding a mate.

Field Notes

Camera: Olympus OMD EM-1

Lens: Olympus M. 40-150mm F2.8 + x1.4 Olympus Converter

Aperture: F5

Exposure: 1/2500 sec

ISO: 250