The perfect pose

This morning a female black-winged stilt is hunting in the hot marshes near Marina di Alberese. She's not happy of my presence and is making the concept clear, complaining at loud and periodically flying over me as a mild intimidation. Even when she's inspecting the pools, she is constantly looking at me, avoiding to completely hide behind a plant — after all, if I can't see her, she can't see me either.

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 300mm ƒ/4D ED-IF AF-S @ 500 mm, 1/500 sec @ ƒ/8, -1.33 EV, ISO 125, TC 17E, tripod + shutter release + mirror lock up

La posa perfetta (Himantopus himantopus).