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Skilful Hunter

Skilful Hunter
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-05 2:49
Viewed: 4469
Points: 98
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are many birds of the species around my countryside garden. I like these birds a lot. However, it is very difficult to come nearer to them and I compelled to shoot them from far enough distance. That is why I have many pictures of Bee-eaters but only few of them are quite good.

Nevertheless once Fortune smiled on me. One day I walked around with my camera and was so luck to watch the hunting of Bee-eater for bumblebee. First I saw flying large bumblebee. It flayed over my garden. Suddenly the Bee-eater is appeared in the sky as a flash and caught the insect artfully. I was surprised with bird's skill. After that, Bee-eater took a place on an electric wire and began to prepare to ingest food.

Probably you know firstly they strike of the prey on a tree branch or other substrate (in my case it was a wire). I used this time for coming nearer to bird without being noticed.

While Bee-eater did that it dropped the insect almost just on my head. Before I could bat an eye, the bird swooped on me and just in front of my nose it caught the insect once again and took place on the same wire.

In a word, I had a nice opportunity to take many shots at close distance and registered all possess of eating. I plan to post here a pair of them.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-05 3:22]

Hello Alexei,
You were lucky to get such an opportunity.
Fantastic photo of this Bee-eater with bumblebee. Great sharpness, details, beautiful colours and a very nice contrasting blue sky in the background.

Hello Alexei,
fine capture of this Bee Hunter with good sharpness and splendid details like the prey in its mouth. Good contrast against the blue sky and beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

fine POV like your compo, the colors and the details performance is great, a great photo from you!
regards Nasos

Ciao Alexei. Very good low POV for the coloured bird in action. Sharp and detaila are perfect MF.


Ciao Alexei, great capture of lovely bird and its prey on a beautiful blue sky, nice composition with double diagonal, fine details, splendid sharpness and fantastic colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-05 4:58]

Hi Alexei,
Perfect capture of this nice bird.
Perfect composition,colours and sharpness details. Background are nice too.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Bonjour Alexei,
Très bon angle de prise de vue sous une excellente profondeur de champ et une belle lumière permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-05 6:13]

Bonjour Alexei, en effet vous avez bien de la chance de pouvoir approcher de si prés ce magnifique oiseau avec sa proie dans le bec...great shot and interesting POV. Congratulations, best regards, Didier.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-05 6:27]

Hello Alexei,
You were lucky to get close enough to take such a fine shot of a Bee-eater with its captured bumblebee.
You made best use of the lighting from this from-below POV to show its features with excellent sharpness and natural colours against the blue sky.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Hello Alexei,
you manage to take a great picture of a beautiful bird which I never seen in reality, yet.
The bird is well exposed, we can see all colours clearly. I like the comp with the two diagonals making the classic X.
High class as usual, dear friend.

Hallo Alexei
A dreamshot which is also on my wishing list for "maybe someday" it will be my turn. This is a lovely image with striking details and beautiful colours. I especially like the bright yellow patch of feathers in the bird's neck. The natural sunlight and blue sky in the image is an additional bonus. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Olá Alexei,
Belíssima imagem com cores firmes e nitidez excelente, meus parabéns por esta magnífica captura.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-05 11:17]

Hi Alex!
This is a favorite bird of mine. Your capture is excellent, sharp and with perfect details.
Splendid light and colours.
Great contrast against the blue sky, as BG.
Very well composed.
Have a nice Sundacy.
ciao! Vanda

Perfect background, excellent detail and nice poin of view. Very nice to see the bee-eater in action. regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-05 11:27]

Hello Alexei.
Superbl picture with fantastic colours and very good DoF. Details are so goo that I can even recognize the prey of this Bee Eater - of course a bumblebee.Best regards Siggi

Hi Alexei,
interesting photo of this lunch :)
Excellent low point of view. Nice natural colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Alexei,
A photo very eloquent and I really enjoyed reading your note about how you did!
It's always exciting when these things happen and you have the ability to make eloquent photos like this!
Regards / TFS / Happy Sunday for ypu my friend!

Hello Alexei,
Great capture of a very, very interesting and lovely bird.
Not easy to catch because si moves very fast and is very shy.
Excellent details, clarity and focus.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-05 16:56]

Hi Alex,what a timing and what a capture! Fantastic festival of colors and great sharpness,light balance and point of view,truely a professional work,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Alexei,
A very good captured of this Bee-eater with its prey, excellent clarity, very good sharpness and very beautiful contrasting against the background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,
Best Regards,

Beautiful image of this moment! well done
TFS, Ferran

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  • Art256 (71)
  • [2011-11-06 8:25]

Hi Alexei
Very nice photo
Regards Arek

Casi no se puede captar mejor la escena Alexei. Supongo que ese 70-200
Nikkor también es el "culpable" de tanta calidad.
Para ser un ángulo bajo y además tener sombreada la parte baja del ave,
el resultado no puede ser mejor.
Oportuno captar al ave con su presa en el pico, lo que da más realismo
si cabe a tu trabajo.

Un abrazo y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Alexei,
A beautiful bird captured with his prey in the beak in a nice diagonal composition. Great details, excellent sharpness and perfect clear sky as BG. Well done!

Hello Alexei,
My favorite bird captured with excellent detail/sharpness, eye contact and splendid colours.

great double capture Alex, congratulations ! wonderful bird, wonderful picture,

have a nice evenig,

ciao, tino

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-11-06 12:23]

Hello Alexei,
What perfect timing showing a Bee-eater with its prey. I like the light and the sharp focus on the eye. Beautiful natural colours too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Alexei,
A very vibrabt shot of the Green bee eater. Great color, detail and a very crisp photo.

Hello Alexei,

Seems like he is very proud of the fine catch!
And he has got a reason, as this will be a great lunch hehehe...
Excellent details in the plumage, fine exposure against the bright sky!

Pablo -

Amazing! What a moment!

Hello Alexei,

what an great image taken by you.
Good pov, details in the feathers and light in his eye.
Good moment with the insect.
Razor sharpness with very nice blue sky bg.
Fine colors.


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-11-07 18:34]

Hello Alexei!
A very nice shot with great sharpness, good POV , control of lightness and lovely details.I love the blue sky! Good job! Bravo!
Regards from,

Impressive scene and impressive photo Alexei! Perfect timing, excellent composition, fantastic colours and very good sharpness.

Hallo Alexei,
a fantastic capture of the Bee-eater with its typical prey, superb sharpness and marvellous colours, point of view, depth of field and composition are excellent
Best regards

Hi Alexei,

just a short visit to your gallery that is still full of interesting things. This Bee eater picture surprises me with the excellent light from the side. The sharpness is so good you could identify the Bumble bee!

Best regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-11-08 8:45]

Privet Alekei,
Very good photo, splendid bright colours. The bird against blue sky look pretty well. I manged to catch very good moment. This species in my countryside I don't meet here is too cold climate.
Regards, Pawel

This is absolutely marvellous! Colours, composition, definition...it is all there. What a beautiful image! Well done indeed. Best wishes.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-08 20:22]

Hello Alex,
yes such a skillful hunter! Excellent view of the eater and you are a skillful photographer. The exciting colors are well recorded with the moment well frozen. A bird that eat bee, we call it bee -eater and you captured and name it in the image.
Well done with such a stunning shot.
love it very much.


Hello Alexei,
I like to moment you recorded very much. A perfect picture to enjoy.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-09 4:37]

Hello Alexei,
Lucky you to have this bird in your garden. I never have seen it in real. A well presented powerful bird-picture. I like here your square framing and the fact that you caught the bird with some big insect in its beak and funny too to read your note:-)
Kind regards

Hi Alexie, Wow what a superb capture of this Bee-eater and this one is better than quite good its fantastic, again splendid lighting with lovely natural colours, sharpness and clarity is top draw, great stuff here Alexie and very well done,
Best Regards,


Privet Alexei,

Again a treasure in your unmistakable style. :) Truly. Incredible sharpness, pleasing composition and natural colors, plus I am, as always, embraced by your personal note. Excellent post which deserves the highest rate. Congrats MF and tfs. Friendly regards, László

PS: I'm waiting for that "pair" of photos about this rare species you talk about.

Lovely picture Alexei! The bee eater with a bee! is price shot of natural history. I liked the colors of this European bee eater :-). If there are lots of birds around your place and you want to get closer try a hide :-)

Hi Alexei,Excellent sharpness, very good, colorfull details on this photo, interesting bird species, TFS.

Hello Alexei

An excellent photo, i lobe this POV that
in French we say « en contre-plongé » showing
us details of the bird and insect from the underparts,



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-12-24 8:24]

Hola Alexei.
Interesante momento capturado en esta foto querido amigo. Los detalles son muy nitidos y la pequeña abeja se distingue muy bien gracias a la calidad de la fotografia
Saludos Alexei.

You have always get the right catch at the right time, Alexei.
Superb details against the stunning spotless blue sky. Well managed exposure and details are flawless.
Thanks and kind regards,

Alexei, this is such a stunning photo of this bird with prey. Excellent detail and sharpness. Have a great week, Bill

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful picture with great clarity and good details.

Dear Alexei,
excellent capture of colourful Merops apiaster in perfect composition, very clear and well shaping light, and precise details all over! A pleasure also to read your compassionately well written notes. Bee eaters are rare guests during short summer months in the eastern parts of my country, and I am always very happy when hearing their characteristic voices and seeing them sailing elegantly high up in the sky. I never managed to come as near as you - you are a lucky man! "Skilful hunter" - that title is perfectly fitting for both the bee eater and you, my dear friend. With thanks, and all my best wishes to you from Austria,

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