The Beak

Csaba Daróczi's Image

One summer evening, Csaba waited for the last birds of the day near his woodland pond. As dusk fell, a blackbird flew in and stood alert for a few seconds – long enough for Csaba to compose this minimalist portrait. The bird’s bright beak and eye-ring penetrated the darkness, its form barely visible in the shadows.

The Eurasian blackbird has large eyes relative to its body size – a trait that allows it to find food at low light levels. Its eyes are positioned on the sides of its head, which gives it excellent peripheral vision. As a result, it must cock its head to catch sight of prey. Originally woodland birds, blackbirds now visit forests, farmland and gardens.

Behind the lens

Csaba Daróczi


Csaba lives in a small town in Hungary and works as a sport teacher at the local school. He started photography 28 years ago but not professionally - only outside of work and at weekends. He takes photos in his local area and is fortunate not to have to go too far from his home.

Image details

  • Nikon D750
  • 70–200mm f2.8 lens at 175mm
  • 1/1250 sec at f2.8  •   ISO 1600  •   hide
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