Flight distance

Subject: Red goatfish (Mulloidichthys pflugeri) live solitary or in pairs on sand flats near coral reefs, mostly around oceanic islands. They display a dark red head and red bars on the side of their body when feeding and turn pale when resting.

Technique: Every animal has its so-called “flight distance”; the distance a potential predator or threat can approach before it will cause alarm and cause an escape response from the target. Bearing this in mind I always start taking pictures from a safe distance, then I slowly approach taking a photo at a time. It is better to have a picture that needs a bit of cropping than an image showing only the fish’s tail or even having no picture at all.