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White-fronted bee-eater

White-fronted bee-eater
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-01-03 9:50
Viewed: 4315
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Weather is no fun here. Never mind, I have my Kruger photos(-;
Further on I can't resist reading the articles in our newspape(s)about South Africa, concerning the elections and the World Cup football in 2010.

Back in Africa...
Tried to go under cover in their colonies with my white Corolla and captured for example this one....:-)

Thank you for the critiques, comments,...


They nest in small colonies, digging holes in cliffs or banks of earth, and have one of the most complex family-based social systems found in birds. A population of bee-eaters may range across many square kilometres of savannah, but will come to the same colony to roost, socialize, and to breed.

Colonies comprise family groups, known as "clans" which exhibit cooperative breeding. Non-breeding individuals become helpers to relatives and assist to raise their brood. In White-fronted bee-eaters, this helping behavior is particularly well developed with helpers assisting in half of all nesting attempts. These helpers may contribute to all aspects of the reproductive attempt, from digging the roosting or nesting chamber, to allofeeding the female, incubating and feeding the young.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
5/10/2007 16:44:08
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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To Karin: Hallo Karin,vanderschelden 1 01-03 10:49
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Sorry about your winter...but it would be no help to be here..or me there as it appears we are the same..so looking through you catalogue with you is what we can do and enjoy it.
A perfect, absolutely perfect pose and in such clear detail...thrown completely in fore by the OOF background. Wonderful colorings and superb notes...folks as you are what legends are made of Annick!

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-03 10:05]

hi annick,
lovely picture.xcellent details,

I looked at this and immediatley was struck by the image quality. Then I looked at the photographer's name and realized I should have know it was yours Annick.
Another fine image well done all around.
Great pose, focus detail, and color.
TFS, Richard

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-03 10:35]

A very pretty little bird you present to us today!
You've composed this image perfectly!
Lovely colours and lighting.
Sharp and detailed as usual.
Well done Annick!

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-01-03 10:46]
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Hi Annick,
excelent composition and beautiful details on the feathers.
Colors soft and natural. the 2 vertical sprouts as a bonus.

Well done and TFS and a bit late but also best wishes for 2008!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-03 11:01]

Hallo Annick,
Alweer zo'n prachtfoto. Ik dacht dat ik veel gezien had in Kruger, maar bij het zien van jouw foto's denk ik steeds: hoe komt het toch dat ik ook dit weer gemist heb. Weer een foto met perfecte scherpte en schitterende kleuren.
Toch hoop ik dat er nog vele van dit soort foto's volgen. Bedankt,

Hello Annick,
Lovely captured of this beautiful Bee-eater!
good pose with perfect exposure and focus!
very beautiful colouration and lighting
a great composition
many thanks

Hi Annick
Nice shot of this colorful White-fronted bee-eater.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-03 11:22]

Hi Annick. A very colourfull bird is this one.so many shades of green/blues. up to the blood red of the neck.once again you have captured it with fine detail. and a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.you must have taken 1000s of shot on your trip?

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2008-01-03 11:28]

your pictures are just amazing, every time I am impressed by the sharpness, colors, etc...
Hope to see lots more!
Best regards,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-03 15:23]

Hello Annick,
Very nice composition, POV and colours. I also like frame. Good work! Regards.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-03 21:00]

Hi Annick,
Great composition with lovely side light, sharp focus and wonderful colors. Thanks Annick.

Hi Annick,
Superb shot of this White-fronted bee-eater, excellent lighting and I love the framing with the Two branches either side of the bird, beautiful detail, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-04 4:05]

Ik vind de kleurencombinatie van deze bijeneter echt fantastisch. Mooie compositie en houding van de vogel. Het licht werkt niet helemaal mee, maar daar kun je zelf niks aan doen. Eventueel met bewerking de achtergrond vervagen en donkerder maken. Evengoed toch een fraaie plaat!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-04 5:31]

Hello Annick,
You're very lucky to have all your wonderful pictures from Kruger to go through in the bad weather! This is a gorgeous Bee-eater very well captured with the light on its back. I like its pose and beautiful colours.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Annick, splendid bird with wonderful colors and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2008-01-04 8:13]

This is so splendid! Fantastic photo with a great pose, lovely colours and a perfect composition. The lightning further enhances this phot and the reflection in the eye is spot on!

This is perfect, Annick! Congratulations!

Ohhh out of greenies, back tomorrow!
Back with greenies... ;o)

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-01-04 10:06]

Hello Annick,
Beautiful picture of the white fronted bee eater.Excellent details in the plumage. Good colours.
thanks for the share,
Wish you a very happy New year.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-04 13:20]

Hi Annick

Such beautiful light and amazing sharp details. It really is just a beautiful shot. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

Weather is no fun here either :(



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-04 13:25]

Hello Annick

A beautiful little bird you have posted.
The plumage detail is excellent with well defined feathers. The colours are natural with lovely lighting.
The composition is lovely with the bird captured in a beautiful natural setting.

bonsoir Annick
C'est un beau cliché, avec des teintes vertes variées. L'oiseau se confond avec l'arrière plan.
Bravo et au revoir...JP

Bonsoir Annick
Vos photos sont tellement nettes que j'ai parfois l'impression que si je fais une peu de bruit, je vais voir cet oiseau s'envoler ! Encore une superbe composition, vraiment !
Merci du partage.

hi Annick,
this is a very nice shot of this beautiful bird, you did a great job, a bright picture with very natural colours, bravo

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-07 10:35]

Hello Annick, another great one from you ! Perfectly sharp details, great blurred background and a very good exposure. Thanks for this !


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