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Self portrait
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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus E-300, Sigma 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 DC, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-27 15:10
Viewed: 5846
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Greater Blue-eared Starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus). Habitat is thornveld and mopane woodland. Common in the north-east of Southern Africa.

I took this pic at a picnic spot in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. They are very common at these spots and the rest camps where they look for food scraps. They come quite close to you and it allows for nice close pictures.

Their colours are brilliant and the sun reflects of their feathers beautifully. They can become a bit of a nuisance when they grab food out of your plate when you look away.

Spot the self portrait.

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colours and details are both excellent and beautiful
its good to get so close to animals in the wild
self portrait in my workshop...

click here for the self portrait,

Really great close up. I can see YOU!! :-) The feathers are so vivid. Really beautiful.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-29 4:16]

Hi Willem

Superb shot, nice composition with a nice POV and lovely sharp feather detail, the colours are lovely especially the blue feathers.

Regards Hilary :)

hi Willem,nice shot, excelent coloures and POV.


Good tight composition, POV and "self Portrait" too. TFS,

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