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I'm Getting Out of Here!!

I'm Getting Out of Here!!
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Copyright: Michelle Rower (mrower) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 24] (133)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ10
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Kingfishers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-27 21:16
Viewed: 4138
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was on holidays in Northern NSW and had been up early each morning trying to get shots of several new birds. I had seen the Sacred Kingfisher before and have watched them close to home fishing and diving on a mud bank where they caught and ate several small crabs.
This morning was a case of being in the right place at the right time. A kingfisher landed really close to me. I tried to stay as still as possible and took several shots before I realised the male had landed quite close to the female on the same branch. I took a wider angle shot of both birds before clicking several of the male and was lucky to click just as he took off. I was absolutely delighted with this shot and the series I took as it is the closest I have ever got to a shy species of bird.
I realise the shot is busy with all the bracken in the way but without it the bird would have seen me and would never have landed where it did.
The Sacred Kingfisher is found close to water and I have also seen them flying into a termites nest and knocking bits of it everywhere as they tunneled a hole in the side of it to build their own nest They tend to be relatively common along the east coast of NSW.

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Very good capture of the moment. The surrounding greenery is a little distracting but it does also give a good sense of the environs without obscuring the bird.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-28 6:22]

You've cought a very good moment Michelle!
If you'd cropped the shot a little more I think it would seem better.Blurred brances are natural framing which seem very nice:) Thanks for sharing

Very nice job on this shot. I agree with dew77 in that the photo could be cropped a little. However I like the surrounding branches, also how you got the bird taking off through the open part of the branches. Great spur of the moment shot

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