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5 Bea Eaters

5 Bea Eaters
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Copyright: Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 19 N: 151] (571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-17 4:12
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am uncertain what type of bea eaters these are; however, it was unique to see them all bunched together. This was taken in the early morning and I suppose they were doing this to keep warm through the night and perhaps prevent some dew on their wings.

Taken with a friend's Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS USM lens. To keep things steady, a bean bag was used on the roof in addition to the lens' IS feature.

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Hello Dan!
This is a perfect documentary picture! You very really lucky to see these 5 so close to each other :) I can not help you with ID (I believe that Peter [PeterZ] will be able :>).
The DOF is not perfect this time, but the most important is the composition and the special moment as for me :>

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-05-17 4:41]

Comique, sympa... et super bien cadré!
Belle prise!



cool catch. its nice to see them in their natural behavior. and its nice that 4 of them are looking at the opposite direction compare to the bird in front :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-17 5:53]

Hello Dan,
An excellent capture of a row of Little Bee-eaters (Merops pusillus, ssp cyanosticus) taken with good sharpness, lighting and colours in this almost frame-filling image.
With this as an inspiration perhaps you can start taking more shots like this with your own lens!
Thanks and regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-17 7:39]

Hello Dan
Nice capture with these cute birds, and you capture them with great details and natural colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-17 9:25]

Hello Dan,
What a marvelous photo! Five in a row. Ivan is correct about the ID, the Little Bee-eater. Nice sharpness, colours and POV. Excellent composition.

This is one of the most beautiful photos I have seen on TN for quite some time. Perfect timing and great POV.

Congratualtions! they're very beauty. :)

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