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Drongo Robs Hoopoe

Drongo Robs Hoopoe
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-01-12 2:37
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While shooting birds on school campus yesterday, I reflexively captured a curious happening. A Hoopoe was busy pecking away at the earth near the compound wall, digging out insects and feeding on them. I was taking its pictures while it kept moving along the wall. I would wait for a pose that would appeal to me and then click.
Suddenly a Black Drongo swooped down on the Hoopoe and snatched away the tidbit it had just dug out of the earth. In a single sweeping movement, it was gone after robbing the Hoopoe of its hard-earned meal! I just clicked impulsively and got this action shot. The thing I like myself about the picture is the angry expression on the face of the Hoopoe and the way its heckles are raised in the form of its crest opened all the way. hope you find it amusing.

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hallo Ram
very good details to see on this picture with very nice colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Sir.
Good reflex, framing and accuracy is here.
A superb picture. Nice natural colour and composition.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2014-01-12 6:19]

Merhaba Ram,
Nefis bir aksiyon fotoğraf yakalamışsın, çok güzel olmuş.Tebrik eder, iyi günler dilerim

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-12 6:35]

Hi Ram,great battle on the ground,remember me one of the last post of Vanni...ehehe....great capture,the upupa is fantastic in this hungry moment,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

hallo Ram
照的清晰 很漂亮的兩隻鳥
顏色鮮豔華麗 尤其是鳥王的慣頂羽毛打開很新奇

光線亮麗 非常的搭配
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hi Ram, In animal kingdom the rule is 'the strong survive'. I guess it is the same for the birds too. The Hoopoe is screaming at the black drongo angrily. What a nature moment you encountered. Great light and composition along with nice POV. Thank for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-13 4:58]

Hello Ram,
What a shot! Just most interesting to see this scene from nature. So funny to look at the indignant expression of the Hoopoe. Good sharpnesss on both birds, the victim and the thief, and nice to have the shadow of the crest on the wall too. Just great!!

Lucky for being observer of this great battle on the ground. Hoopoe really looks like a sainik with a tupi.


Hello Ram

Sometimes suddenly facts they give great action photos like this one,
the action scenery is great with the Black Drongo in-flight and the
Hoopoe launching his complaining call, in a wonderful light,
very fine low POV at their level, excellent focus, sharpness,
details, and contrast, TFS


Very funny and cool action shot here!
The Hoopoe is one of my favorites, and this one
looks really pissed of!

TFS, Ronny

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