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white fronted bee eater

white fronted bee eater
Photo Information
Copyright: Paul Bright (paulbright) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 238] (2764)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-12 0:48
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
white fronted bee eater - Merops bullockoides. Common resident. Identified by white forehead and upper-throat, plus red lower throat. normally seen in flocks near rivers, often mixing with other bee eaters.
reference: newman's birds of southern africa.

got this short near Lower Sabie, on the banks of river Sabie. i was so lucky that this beauty landed right infront of my car, about 3-4 metres away!

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Hi Paul

Lovely shot. Good clarity and sharpness. Nice colours. TFS.

Almost perfect image, detail, clarity, sharpness etc are all spot on. Nice one.

Ciao Paul,
bello scatto, molto curato e buona luce nell'occhio.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-12 3:08]

What a beautiful bird, Paul.
You guys are so lucky.
A perfect POV of this bee eater that shows off the details very well.
The colors are magnificent.
The open beak adds charm to the already fantastic composition.
TFS. : )

hi paul,
lovely shot,
nice pov, good dof,
lovely bg, well saturated colours,
excellent sharpness,
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-12 4:03]

Hi Paul

This is a very beautiful capture. This bee eater looks great in the photo!
I really like the POV and DOF here, the later isolating perfectly the subject from the lovely blurred BG.
Also the sharpness of the details is impecable and the focus is spot-on.
What i really like, again, is the pose you maanged to capture it in - with its beak opened and tongue sticking out :)
The exposure is brilliant and due to that all the colors and tones throughout the entire frame are absolutely charming,
All-in-all a wonderful composition!

Bravo and TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-12-12 4:09]

Hello Paul,
Lovely capture. Very good focus and sharpness, I liked the composition,the pose you caught, BG color and the clarity a lot. TFS

Superb image Paul, very lucky indeed.
Great pose and composition.
Good contrast with OOF background.
Great sharpness.
Well done.


great image,
lovely colors,
like the bg, make the colors in the bird , pop


Hi Paul. Great shot and good DOF, which makes a good BG. Excellent detail, down to his tongue. Well done.

Good image, Paul..
Even very good..
No critiques..
Very very good!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-12 10:36]

Hi Paul,
You've certainly taken this opportunity with both hands!
This is a fine capture of the White-fronted Bee-eater. Perfect in every way!
Well done!
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hello Paul,
Wow, what a wonderful shot!!
You captured very nice moment, Outstanding details and DOF, beautiful colours and great POV.
Very well done, TFS,

Hello Paul
Great shot,Excellent colours and details
Good job,regards,TFS

* Piotr *

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-13 5:42]

Excellente photol'action de l'oiseau le bec grand ouvert et les superbe couleurs en font une belle présentation.
Merci Paul!


An excellent and well composed pic. The OOF BG, DOF, Sharpness, Colour, Lighting and detail are tremendous!

Perfect pose! The soft lighting also serves the pastel tones of this bird very nicely. Good catch!

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