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Birds 3 – Insects Nil

Birds 3 – Insects Nil
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee-eaters, 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-31 13:31
Viewed: 6709
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 50
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Bee-eaters are some of the most colourful and beautiful aerial hunters in the avian kingdom, to me, at least. Their ability to pluck an insect out of the air is phenomenal, and they will generally return to their perch from whence they launched after the prey. This makes it fairly easy to shoot them IF they allow you to get close.

This is the Swallow-tailed Bee-eater - Merops hirundineus 19-22 cm. Hence this picture is larger than life. There is a picnic site at Diikbaardskolk at the junction of the Dune and Nossob roads. The birds are used to people around them all day, hence it is possible to approach quite near to certain birds in the right perching conditions.

This guy, and a couple of his cousins were in attendance, and they were feeding some chicks in a hole in the ground. All bee-eaters burrow a tunnel into suitable soil embankments, but these guys had tunnels in the nearly level sand on the edge of the open area. They were sitting in the Camelthorn tree - - Acacia erioloba above my head. I was standing below them shooting up into the tree, and this close-up was as near as I could get, with a little cropping below the chest. The hapless dictum is a honey bee – lending credibility to this bird’s name.

Venue – KTFP, Nossob Road
Date 96 December 2004
Time 06h45
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -1 EV.
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.6 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 400 mm.
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority – 1/200 @ F8
Flash – Balanced iTTL off camera SB800
Support – Handheld
PP – bit of cropping; levels; S/C; Selective colour; Sharpen edges; reduced to Site size.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-31 13:37]
  • [2]

Excellent macro of the bee Callie. I would not even dare to say how good this is. Stunning work, now also in my fav's

Ek hou van die manier wat hy sy koppie draai.., asof hy wil dat jy sy beste kant sien. The blue on the neck is almost the same as the skie. The focus on his head and under his neck looks a bit soft, if i compare it to the chest feathers??

He is still a beauty.


Great perspective and stunning detail of plumage. The capture of the Bee is a definite bonus. Nice one.

Great portrait Callie.
I think this is our best friend, eating a lot of bees and wasp. Great colours, POV and composition.
It's little soft on the head, but still a very good shot.
Very well done.

Well done on this splendid capture Callie.It must have taken some patience.The colours here all seem to compliment each other.
I've missed a few of your posts lately I think so I'll have to go back and have a look. Cheers, Steve.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-31 15:01]

A bee for lunch, it's a brave species! Amazing shot Callie, the detail is great even in the bee. Very well done.

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-01-31 15:31]

Outstanding photo!
Great capture, well done!
this is one of the best picture i have seen lately, the colors are great and bright and the BG is perfect, the light is good too!

There are onlt good things to say about this picture!

Very Very Very Very WellDone!

Fantastic shot Callie,
The colours are spectacular, and the detail is excellent.
This really is a cracker of a shot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-01-31 16:03]

Geez ... what a great shot!!! It's so sharp, even the insect in the beak of the bird. Amazing shot!

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-01-31 16:19]

Up to the usual standard Callie, brilliant colours, great feather texture and lovely composition.
Well caught!

Nothing to say!

Callie, I dont feel like commenting this. I am just amazed for this shot ans the workshops. Congratulations. Favs.

Great catch, double meaning :), these are not so big birds, so I admire this portrait, this is a good one, very good colours and details, the 'bokeh' is like a paint.

You've done really well with this one Callie...it's excellent.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-02-01 2:13]

Uitstekend Callie! Could maybe be a little sharper.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-02-01 2:18]

Ha Callie,

This realy look as if the bird was painted. I think you were feeding him all the time dead bees and he got fed up?
Very nice colorfull picture with sharp details.
(Fanny to read a word as Dijkbaardskolk.)

Thanks, Hendrik

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-02-01 2:19]
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Prachtige close-up van de bijeneter Callie, ook de kleuen zijn schitterend, de veren kunnen gewoon geteld worden, zo scherp is deze foto.
Mooi verzorgd werk met perfecte nota.
Groeten uit Vlaanderen en + 5° Celsius.

This is simply superb! What else needs to be said. TFS

Everything perfect!
Perfect moment.
Perfect colours!
Wonderful eye.
I love it so much!!!!!!!!!

Very interesting capture, I like the colours in the shot.
Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-02-01 4:35]

Excellent Callie. I love the angle of his head and his eye on teh bee. Well done.

What a moment! I tried with the white-eyes and termites yesterday after the rain but ISO 800 and F5.6 at 1/60 would not permit me such luck. Beautiful colors and the details of the bee is a show off. :) Great shot!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-02 13:13]

Wauw Callie,
Deze had ik dus net even gemist, Fantastische foto, schitterende kleuren pracht, the pof is very good, and the detail of the bee, very nice, Callie hartstikke goed.

I've been pretty preoccupied with other pursuits, which has to be the only excuse for missing a beauty like this. Great colours, sharpness, DOF and POV. I'm glad the unfortunate victim isn't a dragonfly this time ;-))

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-02-19 11:47]

Very good detail, excellent color, excellent shot, well done!

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