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Red-Bearded Bee Eater

Red-Bearded Bee Eater
Photo Information
Copyright: Phil Liew (A996sps) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 117] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM + 1.4II ext
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Colourful Birds, Selen's Favorites, Green Birds, Fauna of ORIENTAL (Indian) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-02 3:33
Viewed: 5377
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-Bearded Bee Eater (Nyctyornis amictus)
This bird measures an average of 33 cm. It certainly does not look like your regular bee eater! Frontal “beard” is shaggy hairlike with some spectacular colours as can be seen. It also has a very distinctive guttural call.
Habitat : Broadleaved evergreen jungle up to 1220m in West Malaysia. Exposure details – 1/125s f/8.0 ISO800 EV-2/3 Flash -2

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-05-02 3:39]
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Hello Phil,

It's really strange the colours of this bird it doesn't look natural, in my country there is no bird with somany different colours. TFS.


Oh, what can I say? Beautiful colors !! Superb BG, the DOF is perfect. Great focus, details are stunning. Can you tell that I am well impressed? :-) TFS, Mish

Hello Phil , excellent colors , good sharpness , TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-02 3:48]

Hi Phil,
this is a very good shot with vivid colours and brilliant quality.
Well done,

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2007-05-02 3:55]

what amazing colours. Good details, exposure appears to be spot on, stunning shot.

Hi Phil,,
Excellent shot of the red bearded bee-eater, this is an amazing looking bird and you captured it perfectly. :)

Hey Phil, great sharpness on this shot!
The eye is amazing.
Lovely pose, compo and details.

Hola Phil,
Con estos modelos, es mas fácil hacer bellas fotos. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Phil

The plumage colours are stunning. This is one great looking bird. Congrats on a super image. :-)

Spectacular shot of a spectacular bird. Amazing lens if this is an 80% crop as you say to Annick.
Great work

very very nice shot...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-02 12:30]

Hi Phi,

A beautiful shot of a beautiful bird. The colors are amazing. Wonderful details - he is so color coordinated with that yellow eye. Lovely pose and bg.


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-02 13:59]
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Hi Phil

What a superb shot of this amazing lookig Bird, very nicely composed with a great pose and nice sharp detail, and as for the colours well they are just stunning. I think the bird should actually be called a Red Bearded, Yellow Tailed, Green Backed, Pink Headed, Blue eyed Bee Eater, the Malayasian Birdlife really is spmething special.

TFs Hilary :o)

Hi Phil,
Wonderful colours, superb BG, sharpness and shot great.

Hi Phil,
Interesting shot...
840mm focal length and a shutter speed of 1/125...tripod?
How far were you from the subject? Or put it in another way...does your flash light reached the subject?
You underexposed minus 2/3...why? Subject is under the leaves and thus into the shadows, shouldn't you overexpose instead; but it has to be said your bird shows vivid colours and certainly not underexposure. Maybe 800 iso plays a role in the latter.
Sorry for techtalk....but there were so many unusual things to assess technically.
Well done

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-03 1:54]

What a beauty, Phil.
The colors are just gorgeous.
Excellent details and POV.
I really like the bird's pose.
TFS. : )

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-08 11:27]

Hello Phil,
Another bird in a great pose. What a beautiful colours against the soft BG. Very sharp. A perfect DOF. Good composition.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-11 9:01]

Hi Phil,
Great shot of a very interesting bird. Colors, and composition is marvellous. Bravo and TFS

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