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White-fronted Bee-eater

White-fronted Bee-eater
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-12-26 10:32
Viewed: 2269
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi TN friends,
This one of my photos which I have kept in my archive for my own reasons. Firstly, I do not know how I captured the paint brush effect on the BG? No, and I repeat, no post processing was done other than cropping.
Best regards,

White-fronted Bee-eater
(Fry 1984,1992, 2001)

Body Weight: Male 28-38 g (0.1-1.3 oz); female 31-35 g (1.1-1.2 oz)
Body Length: 21.5-23.5 cm (8.5-9.5 in)
Wing Length: Male 111-120 mm (4.4-4.7 in); female 110-121mm (4.3-4.8)

Medium size, colorful, medium to long wings, short legs, large head.
o Smaller head and more slender bodies than similar looking kingfisher.
Long, strong bill, somewhat decurved (downward curved).
Three forward-facing toes, partly fused.
A "dirty" white forehead, black mask, silky scarlet throat and green back, wings and tail.
When flying, a conspicuous black trailing edge to the wings.

Sexual Dimorphism
Sexes almost alike; females have shorter streamer feathers.
Other Physical Characteristics
Iris dark brown
Bill black, sharp and rigid, used to pluck insects out of the air.
Plumage and molting
o White forehead and forecrown feathers; with wear become spiky and gray feather bases show through
o White cheeks and chin
o Black mask and scarlet throat
o Bronze colored hindcrown and hind neck
o Blue-tinged green wings and tail
o Black broad trailing edges on wings
o Green upper surface on spread tail
o Buff breast and belly
o Blue thighs and undertail
o No streamers.

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Hello Mr.Carl,
Beautiful species from KNP.Yes,before reading your NOTE,it made me curious how this type of brush work naturally occure!!Wish experience photographer can help us here.
Nice colour and majestic pose.Nice BG with splendid catching light on eye.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-12-26 11:58]

Hi Carl
no idea about the brushing but it looks very nice, do you have any pictures showing the bg in focus?
Some critique about focussing, I know you appreciate honest critique, the focus point is just behind the Bee-eater on the branch thus the bird slightly oof.
nice comp and colours and as I said very nice bg

Ciao Carl, great captute of lovely bee eater, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Carl,
It is a lovely catch with very good light and excellent contrast against the background. Incredible sharp details and perfect focus. It is a lovely specie.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Carl
顏色鮮豔 光線亮麗
我很好奇的是 鳥的左邊有好幾道白細線 不知是什麼東西
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Carl
Fantastic image of this White-fronted Bee-eater.
Interesting BG effect, may be wind effect.
Superb colour and Tom is correct very little oof.
Best wishes,

Hello Carl,
The Bee-eater is certainly an attractive bird and one I never get tired of viewing. This particular bird has posed perfectly, giving you a good look at it's beautiful features and gorgeous plumage.
As far as your mystery brush marks, I must admit they captured my attention when I first brought up your image. I did some PP in a WS to see if I could enhance them and maybe figure out what made them. I used a [email protected] version so the colors would not be a distraction. If you look closely you can see the marks are pretty much everywhere there is any kind of illumination.
I had a similar thing happen to me one time when my lens happened to get some light rain drops on it. I didn't have a piece of lens paper with me, so another photographer offered me a tissue, which is definitely not a good thing to use. I rubbed the lens in circular motions to clean off the drops. When I looked through the viewfinder I had the same type of brush marks all over the lens. The photo I took afterwards also had streaks similar to yours, although I didn't notice them until I brought it up on my camera screen and cropped it as tight as it would go. I then went back to my truck and used lens cleaner and the right type of lens cleaning paper, which got rid of the streaks. Maybe this could be helpful?

Hello Carl

Well I am loving that blurred background, excellent photo
with fine POV and framing, beautiful light, and catchlight
at the eye, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Hi Carl,
beautiful photo of this bird. Amazing colours. Excellent presentation. Nice point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Excellent,lovely cute bird, bright colours and Perfect BG. Pov is fine. how the brush effect appear in the frame...is it possible.. can you pls help us to know..
liked it


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-12-26 21:14]

Beautiful species of bee eater, wonderful colors it has got...now, the background, Ron has got some valid explanation for this effect, it looks like some smearing streaks on the lens element to me or may be double exposure, accidentally. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-12-27 2:22]

Hi Carl,magnificent capture of this colorful bee-eater,great details despite the distance,i like the composition too with this strange peinture effect in background! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-12-27 3:36]

Hello Carl,
Very beautiful photo of this Bee-eater in splendid light and colours. The paint brush effect in the background don't distracts me at all. Excellent sharpness, details and a very good composition. Pleasing eye contact too.

Beautiful bird Carl! The colours are fantastic!

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