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"The end of Dragonfly"


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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 800mm f5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee Eaters, Pentaxfriend's favorites 2, Goldys' Personal Favorites, Bayram's Favourites-III, A painter's dream, Alex99 favorite pics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-02 0:00
Viewed: 5511
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 108
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello,
Thank you for your critiques and kind words on my previous post.
This beeeater showed me his prey before he'd carried the nest.I was in the car again:)
Have a nice and sunny weekend!,
Thanks for looking..

European Bee-eater
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
European Bee-eater
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Meropidae
Genus: Merops
Species: M. apiaster
Binomial name
Merops apiaster
Linnaeus, 1758

The European Bee-eater, Merops apiaster, is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is strongly migratory, wintering in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka. This species occurs as a spring overshoot north of its range, with occasional breeding in northwest Europe.

This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly-coloured, slender bird. It has brown and yellow upper parts, whilst the wings are green and the beak is black. It can reach a length of 27–29 cm (10.6–11.4 in), including the two elongated central tail feathers. Sexes are alike.

This is a bird which breeds in open country in warmer climates. Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Before eating its meal, a European Bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface. It eats some 250 bees daily. Lizards and frogs are also taken.

These bee-eaters are gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks, preferably near river shores, usually at the beginning of May. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 8, spherical white eggs are laid around the beginning of June. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs, which are brooded for about 3 weeks. These birds also feed and roost communally.
The call is a pleasant distinctive trill.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-02 0:04]

Hello Omer.
Super shot of this Bee-eater and dagonfly. Very sharp details, gorgeous colors, interesting pose. Well done and TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-02 0:05]

Hello Omer
Superb capture and composition, I like vivid colors and details.
Excellent work!
Regards
Razvan

Hello Omer,

about this photo 2 words!
Suburp image. I like this.

Well done.

Gert

Merhaba Ömer,
What a great shot! This lovely bird is very well taken, with perfect focus and beautiful warm colours. It's a pitty for the dragonfly, also perfectly taken! Happy meal Bee-eater! Tebrikler ve selamlar,
Catherine

Ahhh... dragonfly (Aeshna affinis-Blue-eyed Hawker)'ın sonu yazacağına hoverfly yazmışsın dostum. Bir taşta 2 kuş:) hoş birisi kuş değil ama olsun. Atasözü öyle:)
Muhteşem yakalamış ve yakalamışsın. Her karen ayrı bir olay:) Diğerlerinde aşağı kalır hiç bir yanı yok dostum. Ellerine ve emeklerine sağlık.
Bu arada eğlenceli son yorumun için de çok teşekkürler:) Ben de sana iyi bir hafta sonu diliyorum...

Bayram

Hi Omer,
A superb capture of this beautiful bee eater with a dragonfly in its mouth. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-02 1:44]

Hello Omer,
Perfect photo! And so beautiful.......
It goes directly into my favorites. Thanks.
Regards,
Peter

Süper zamanlama ve muhteşem bir foto olmuş Ömer bey.
Keyifle izledik. Teşekkürler.
Nazım

Hola omer

Que imagen más buena, justo en el momento en que el ave cogía una libelula, todo el contexto de la imagen está perfectamente nitido, una muy buena composición, buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Ciao Omer, great capture of fantastic bird eating a poor dragonfly, lovely blurry BG, fine details for the prey too, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

A beautifully executed capture, also from the viewpoint of feeding biology Omer, which proves rather succintly that a bee-eater does not eat bees all the time (heh heh). The rich, natural colours of the bird (and the d.fly) are reproduced rather well within this fine scene. A choice of f/11 @ 1/400 secs might even sharpen the tail of the bird, but who cares...
Mehmet

Ömer bey müthiş zamanlama. Kusursuz bir çekim her zmanki gibi. Renkler ve detaylar sıradışı güzellikte.
Emeklerinize sağlık.
Özgür

Ciao Omer. An outstanding one for lightning, brigh colours and razor details. A masterpiece MF!

Roberto

Omer bey muthis foto yine. Agzinda yemiyle guzel poz vermis.
Ellerinize saglik. Selamlar.
Mel

Hi Omer,

Brilliant shot
Perfect in every aspect

TFS Thijs

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-02 8:14]

Hello Omer,
What a pity about the pretty dragonfly but at the same time a brilliant capture of the proud-looking Bee-eater. Excellent sharpness and lovely bright colours. Gret timing too and I like the low POV.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Omer bey muhtesem..agzinda avi ile harika bir fotograf...renklere ozellikle bayildim..
Selamlar.
Leyla

Yusufcuğun sonu pek hayırlı olmamış Ömer bey. Ama muhteşem bir poz olmuş. Emeklerinize sağlık.
Bahadır

Hábil encuadre y unos bellos colores Omer.
Siempre tus tomas destacan por su bellez, sabes seleccionar
y trabajar bien ! Interesante ver a esta ave posada en el suelo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6482 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2010-10-02 10:43]

Aaah! Isn't easy to find words to comment a perfection like that.An impressive moment and a colorfull pic whit a auper sharpness !!All is perfect,my greats coompliments!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-02 11:35]

Merhaba Ömer,
Excellent capture of European Bee-eater with its capture the Blue Emperor Dragonfly, Anax imperator (A. affinis does not have a green thorax).
The POV, technical quality including the superb sharpness and colours are of professional standard.
Well done and thanks,
Kind regards,
Ivan

An absolutely breathtaking, and spectacular capture Omer! Bravo!
Regards,
George Veltchev

P.S. 1Ds Mark III and this monster 800mm lens Rocks!!!

Hi Omer,
An other great shot of this beautiful bird, which is my favorite! Fantastic DOF, great lateral, low POV, absolutely amazing, natural colors, great focus on the eye... And last but not least perfect moment, perfect timing!
Thank for sharing!
Csabi.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-02 12:28]
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Valla Dostumuz Bayram'ın tespitlerine katılmamak mümkün değil:Gerçekten her kareniz bir olay.Tüm fotoğraflarınızdeki renkler,netlik ve ama özellikle kompozisyon huzur veriyor insana ve hoş bir tat bırakıyor.Tüm içtenliğimle kutluyorum sizi.Elinize sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,
Dûrzan

Hello Omer,
Top quality image captured from perfect low POV with wonderful colours, great details and excellent sharpness. Well done!
Regards,
Mircea

Perfect capture of a slice in the daily life of this flying wonder. Too bad for the dragonfly. It is revered as symbolic in some parts of India..perhaps not this particular one...I believe there are old tales which go back thousands of years...
Bob

enfes bir Arıkuşu ve yusufçuk kare daha. tebrikler Ömer Bey. zevkle izlenen harika bir çekim. yusufçuk yine tanımlacak kadar belirgin. onun açısından üzücü olsa da netlik, renkler, pozlama ve kadrajıyla enfes olmuş. elinize sağlık. selamlarımla iyi geceler dilerim.

Hello Omer,
Congratulations, this photo exhibits exceptional depth, good job!
And... certainly is the end for this dragonfly! :)
Regards, TFS
Jesús

This has to be one of the best shots I've ever seen, my brother Omer!
Simply awesome!
Thanks so much!
Goldy

Merhaba Ömer bey,

Her şeyi ile mükemmel bir çekim.
Zamanlama, renk, detaylar, bakış açısı...her şey süper, tam fovarilik bir çalışma.
Fotoğraf makinası; doğru yerde, doğru zamanda, doğru kişinin ellerinde:)
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla
Mehmet

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-10-03 4:29]

Hi Omer. This is a first class picture of the colourful bird with the Dragonfly. Your timing was spot on. The fethers are pin sharp . with very good use of the light. I like the OOF BG. well taken TFS.
Nick..

I like the warm colors, nice catchlight Omer.
Excellent detail, great light and POV of this very colorful "ending".
But the story really has no ending, the circle of life continues..
Well done my friend :)

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-10-03 12:51]

Hi Omer!

The perfect sharpness and clarity, the superb lighting and colour management, the insect in the bird's beak, all this make this picture an outstanding one. Moreover, it has the indefinable little extra that attrects the viewer's attention.

Kind regards

Markus

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-03 20:49]

Merhaba Omer,
such a stunning shot with sharpness that never need mentioning. The pose with the dragonfly between the beak is a real professional work.
The background is very effective in enhancing the beauty.
I like this clean composition that emphasis on the colours, sharpness and beauty.
Very well done.

Regards,
Foozi

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-10-03 21:09]

Amazing shot, Omer.
Great moment captured.
The colors are so brilliant, on both the bird and the dragonfly.
Excellent details.
TFS. : )

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-04 4:57]

Hello Omer,
What a beautiful shot again!! Lovely colors and subject, fine evening-light and wonderful composition. You are an artist!
Thanks and kind regards
Anne

Merhaba Ömer bey,
Yılanlara selam olsun:)
Yusufçuklardan alınacak intikamlarını bu renkli kuş fazlasıyla almış:)
Elinize sağlık,
Ömer.

Hello Ömer,
incredibly rich spectre of glowing colours in the warm light of sunset. A thrilling combination of predator and prey - both of them intensely contrasting gems of beauty. A perfectly well chosen low point of view on eye level with the bee-eater, a perfect compostion of great dynamic tension: an outstanding image! Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

Bonsoir Omer
La lumière sur les couleurs vives des 2 sujets est exceptionnellement belle.
Merci et bravo pour cette grande photo
Amicalement
Laurent

Hello Omer,
Excellent details and focus. Superb capture with exceptional vivid colours
and perfect POV.
Marius.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-10-06 17:41]

Hola Omer.
Hermosa y fina foto! Exelentes y finos detalles en toda la imagen. Bellos colores. No es facil lograr una foto asi.
Felicidades Omer, por este logro
Luis52.

Each of your pictures is a story unto itself, Omer.
One can only wonder at the precision and sense of aesthetics with which you capture your very dramatic images.
In this picture, both the Bee Eater and its prey defy credibility in terms of sharpness and colours.
Many thanks for sharing another great creation.
Ram

hello omer!
i love the bee eaters!
this pic is very beautiful and the
capture of the dragonfly makes it
even better,sharpness is perfect and
the composition is very good!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-08 12:40]

Hello Omer,
Vivid, well saturated colours and sharp details of this species wonderful plumage. What an outstanding post Omer, thank you.
Rick

Hello Omer
Amazing capture !! exceptional details, even the dragonfly in the bill of this bee-eater is totaly sharp, congratulations for this beauty !
superb colors, light and presentation
TFS and have a great WE
Jacqueline

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-10 8:19]

Hi Omer.
Fantastic in all respects shot. Brilliant colour palette of thee image, incredible sharpness of the bird and dragonfly, splendid bokeh and precise DOF. My congratulations. It is a true masterpiece, Bravo.
Alexei.

Hi Omer
Wow, it doesn't get more colorful than this brightly colored bee-eater and an iridescent dragonfly. Nice sharp detail and excellent lighting create a wonderful composition. I love it!
TFS Janice

Hi Omer. This shot is just amazing. The dragonfly itself is so sharp from 800mmL on full frame. Top drawer capture as always. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. Regards. Jusni

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-28 5:26]

Merhaba Ömer,

What a fantastic shot of Bee-eater and dragonfly.
Everyone eating his own food.
Superb macro with vivid colors and great details.
Drawings and color in wings are pleasant for look at.
Good balance and nice framework.
Excellent composition, TFS.

Tebrikler, selamlar,
John.

Bonsoir Omer
Cet oiseau est très présent sur TN,mais c'est a chaque fois un ravissement de le voir!
les couleurs sont splendides et la netteté parfaite.
avec la proie en prime.
bien vu. et au revoir...JP

Hallo Omer
MAGIC is the word here and that applies to this image as a whole. I can only but applause you for outstanding camera work done in fine style and pride. Thanks for sharing this awesome image. The colours in this scene is outstanding. Best regards.
Anna

Merhaba Ömer bey,
Dramatic semi-action shot, excellent timing, sharpness and warm color tones. Not only the technical quality but the composition also is breathtaking. Excellent job. Bravo!
Friendly regards, László

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-12-18 23:53]

Hi Omer

Wow! It's colourful, it's sharp, it has action, the subject is isolated, the composition is well
within the suggested rules, it has a fabulous "feel" & look. So, what more can one ask for?
A fine shot of this little European Bee-eater. It's a bird that we do see here in South Africa,
but thus far it has always managed to evade me, not allowing me to come close enough to
get an even remotely reasonable image of it. Thus, while I am happy for you to get such a
fine capture I am also "jealous" for not being able to have that pleasure yet.

Well done and TFS.
Take care and have a great weekend.
Regards
Loot

Footnote:
During this time of year the commercialised words "Peace & Goodwill" always gets blown
out or proclaimed in a superfluous plethora of advertisements, catalogues and billboards
by the mass media, radio and TV. Wherever one looks or listens you get blasted with
this notion, but spare a moment in your thoughts and prayers to the ill-fated realities of
those less fortunate. Those that are living in war torn countries, those whose lives were
disrupted by natural catastrophes, those that do not have enough food on the table,
those who are removed from friends and family, those who do not have the privilege of
love and laughter in their lives.

FAITH makes all things possible
LOVE makes all things BEAUTIFUL,
It is my whish that you will have all three of these in abundance for this Christmas.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a wonderful New Year!

Hello Omer!
Brave bird. Poor dragonfly. Very original picture.
Good quality, high fidelity. Superb bright and colours.
Good cut. Very good contrast and sharpness.
Splendid effect. Well done!

Hallo Omer,
a fantastic capture, very good sharpness and marvelllous warm tones, very well saturated colours, a very pleasant composition with a superb pose of this colourtful bird with its prey, very well done
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

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