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Zeroing In On Dinner

Zeroing In On Dinner
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-05-16 19:37
Viewed: 2812
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know, I know....this shot technically is a disaster, but let me explain. I had originally planned on deleting it when I first looked at it in the viewfinder of my camera.

I was following this Prothonotary Warbler with my lens as it was climbing up the trunk of a tree looking for insects. Just as I started to press the shutter it quickly flew off to the left and landed on another branch for a moment.

When I brought it up on my computor I saw the reason it exploded so quickly off of the tree trunk. If you look closely you can see a single mosquito just in front of the birds beak and in fairly sharp focus.

I was amazed at the precision this tiny bird exhibits inflight while zeroing in on a solitary insect. I figure I could take a thousand shots and never capture a moment quite like this again. This is the only reason I decided to share this otherwise technically useless image with you.

I suppose I could always tell people that I was actually trying to take a picture of a mosquito inflight when this darn bird flew in and ruined everything.

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Hi Ron,

This is really amazing. Not because of the blur object but to have both the prey and hunter in action captured. More over its like hitting jackpot to catch the tiny little mosquito flying. TFS


interesting shot, i agree with you, and a beautiful subject


You do not need to explain anything Ron .... just listen ... you've created a masterpiece with this one ... you can be sure, my friend! WOW! A big WOW once again from me! Very often images like this one can be ignored from some, but not from me ... never. It is true we all can see, even a second divided in 640 parts can not freeze the flying gorgeous Prothonotary Warbler, but maybe that's one of the winning elements here. Perfect, timing if I may add and great moment of hunting captured brilliantly. That's what separate a masterpiece in Photography from a diligently executed textbook snapshot! Well done Ron :D !
George Veltchev

Good story! Interesting photo of the mosquito! regards yiannis

Impressive bird captured with amazing composition .Congratulations!

good art of its own with power of lighting. A timely shot photograph.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-05-17 3:36]

Hello Ron,
excellent catch here. I really like the swift action and the view of the small insect.
well done , congrats for this difficult shot.


Ciao Ron. Great time and beuatiful colours. As useful interesting situation!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-17 6:35]

Hello Ron,
A special photo. Nice to see such an action shot. I like the composition too.

Hi Ron,
interesting dynamic photo of these two species. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hola Ron

Que buen momento tuvistes para esta fotografía, con ese pájaro multicolor intentando coger al mosquito, que tambien se ve perfectamente, y que pena de ese sol tan intenso. Una buena imagen.

Un saludo de Antonio

hello Ron

Excellent in-flight shot of this Warbler
on his action to catch the insect, fine POV,
beautiful light, excellent focus sharpness details,

you are writing that : « technically is a disaster »,
i would take any time a photo like this one Ron,
in the last weeks and days i did some small bird
in-flight photos, but not as good as your's,
in coming days i will post that photos, TFS


Hi . interesting shot . you had a good timing .
TFS Ali .

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