In Hannu's Footsteps - The Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre
In Hannu's Foot steps - The Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre

May 2013



The mating rituals of Ruff gives a lot of opportunities for photographer. The event is colourful, it is a real action, bluster and life.

In the tournament just a battle in the arena is the most important, and the prize, the female, belongs to the winner. It does not help to spend, either to give up.

The ruler of a small mound has had to battle with a Ruff which has followed the female in the swamp. Cloudy morning was dim, and the scanty light didn't give enough fast exposure. The result is good, however: the pace of the battle will appear in an excellent way.

Only on the light table i found a female nodding a head shyly underneath the wing, while Ruffs are battling her popularity. That is feminine self-confidence.

Kuusamo, June 1985

Technique: Canon A 1, motor drive 2.8/300 mm, tripod, hide, Kodachrome 64