Bird Photo Competition 2012 : Entry Number 27

Judges Comment

A serene scene with glorious sunset lighting as the rufous facial features of the alighting godwit contrast vividly with the verdant vegetation. Off-centre placement of the elegantly-posed subject rounds off an aesthetic and evocative image.

Photographers Comment

My name is Thomas Sass Pedersen and I'm from Denmark. This is one of those shots that just happens. Two minutes before the sun went below the horizon, and you are just hoping to get one more frame before the magic is over. Well, it happened to me. It's taken with a Nikon D3s and a borrowed 600mm f/4 lens. This is just one of those lucky punches. For more of those visit