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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f4 L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-09-12 1:12
Viewed: 2384
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Having spent my first week of vacation in an Hotel resort with few birds around I took about 800 pictures of 5 Hoopoes foraging every morning in the lawn in front of our room.
Some more to follow, needless saying that 790 pictures are ok but still for the trash

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wonderful timing. neatly taken with excellent sharpness and clarity. good action photo. tfs.

照的清晰 動作很漂亮也很難得一見
真是美麗極了 我不知道鳥王會有這種姿態
哈哈 很特別 構圖好看

Wowww! Excellent action photo, with spot timing! Background, DoF, PoV, colours, clarity also outstanding!
Great job!

Splendid shot Tom!
Very good lateral POV and great DOF. Sharpness, colors and details, everything seems just perfect. Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

fantastic and unusual capture, TFS Ori

Hello Mr.Tom,
Excellent timing with outstanding focus on subject.Like it.No doubt an unique one.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice day,

excellent moment Top, with top quality your shot!
regards Nasos

Hello Tom,
Great presentation with excellent perfection and timing.

Award Winning Shot!! Love, Love & Love!

Hello Tom

As you know you need to do a lot of clicks
to have the best photo with the best pose,
here with the Hoopoe's wide open beak to
catch the insect, in a very beautiful light, TFS


Just in time.
Perfect shot with lots of clarity and good colour.
best wishes

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-09-12 8:54]

In the right moment! Great picture and moment . Congratulation

Dear Tom,
I love Hoopoes, and watched them with big pleasure in our gardens both in Sandton and Hoedspruit. They must like dry climate, because here at the Tzaneen Dam in the past three years I have not seen one yet.

I am not surprised, you took 800 photos watching them! It is a satisfying experience to observe them listening for movement underground, poking into the lawn with their delicate beaks and flicking into the air whatever they had dug up. The latter so wonderfully captured by you in the above photo.

I do not go into your perfect photographic technique praised by so many other members nor your artistic flair for a pleasing presentation; but I want to express my admiration for your patience to wait for the moment when one of the Hoopoes was to catch the insect and CLICK! Catching the moment before the prey disappears into the throat, soil stuck to the fragile beak.

I add this exciting image to my favorites and include your work in my theme "Animals feeding, part two".

Thanks for sharing with us the result of choosing a beautiful bit of nature out of 800 shots.
Enjoy southern Europe, I am looking forward to see many more photos,
Warm regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-09-12 16:18]

Woow Tom,what a timing! A fantastic capture of this hoopoe ready to eat the insect,the quality is really magnificent,today 2 points are not enough!! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Tom,
Appreciate your efforts and finally you have got classic shot, bird with feed in air....I did a WS to my liking, hope you do not mind.tfs

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-09-14 6:17]

Hi Tom,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful hoopoe, one of my favorite bird. Nice colours, sharpness details and very good moment captured. I also this year spent the holidays in Portugal - Algarve - Albufeira.
Regards Jiri.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-02 11:43]

Hello Tom.
Great capture, excellent composition and point of view, superb timing with the insect, very good sharpness and depth of field, beautiful colors and nice contrast.Regards Siggi

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