It is not often that a bird photographer gets an opportunity to photograph a desired subject in absolutely perfect light and conditions, but I was lucky enough to have one of those rare occasions this week at the Charca de Suarez.
There is a perch in front of the main hide which has featured in quite a few of my photographs over the years. On this occasion we had a Kingfisher looking out for fish, and a Turtle Dove enjoying the evening sun while preening its superb plumage.
Here are a couple of shots of each bird, just two each of the many I took because there is little to choose between them.
There was a group of Spanish photographers in the hide who were intent on photographing the Kingfisher. They did not seem interested in the Turtle Dove. Personally I prefer the more subtle colours and textures of the Dove, less ostentatious than the brilliant kingfisher, but just as beautiful, if not more.