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Little Green Bee-Eater

Just prior to touching down after a successful raiding flight to take the Dragonfly, this little green gem is one of the most capable of aerial acrobats.

Despite it illustrating many technical shortcomings in my photography skills, I like this image and submit it for your enjoyment and critique.


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At my
other Shutterchance site, I have moved on to a photo essay of  Yangon, Myanmar [Rangoon, Burma] which might be of interest to you.
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Little Green Bee-Eater

Just prior to touching down after a successful raiding flight to take the Dragonfly, this little green gem is one of the most capable of aerial acrobats.

Despite it illustrating many technical shortcomings in my photography skills, I like this image and submit it for your enjoyment and critique.


===
At my
other Shutterchance site, I have moved on to a photo essay of  Yangon, Myanmar [Rangoon, Burma] which might be of interest to you.
===

comments (19)

wow! that is quite the action shot. looks like he got himself a nice meal smile
Ray: These little birds eat small insects while flying, but have to land somewhere to deal with big meals like dragonflies.
no criticism, a great capture Ray, well done
Ray: You are a kind, half-blind man, Derek...my kind of visitor!

[grin]
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Feb 2010, 05:40
Ray....total awe and amazement here, what a 'touch down'.....
I do hope when you retire of hit the jackpot, you start making a book about nature and small world in nature.
FABULOUS and a likey to me.
Ray: When I retire, Astrid, I will be much to busy inventing new pages for the Karma Sutra to be wasting my precious remaining years [hopefully not weeks] on nature books!


[big grin]
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Feb 2010, 06:03
Awesome, Ray. Caught in midair before landing on the totally in-focus branch/twig! This reminds me of one of our wedding images that is way out of focus but which I kept in the album because of the ecstatic joy it showed. smile
Ray: You have a wonderfully subtle way of saying "Great shot of a twig", Ginnie...have you considered a career in marketing?

[big grin]
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Feb 2010, 06:05
What a catch! Both of you.
Ray: Gee...thanks, Louis!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Feb 2010, 06:27
Well caught sir - both of you!
Ray: Ah! Stereo!

Music to me shell pinks, Gov!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 10 Feb 2010, 06:54
Looks fine to me,everything in perfect extension, super timing mate
Ray: Thanks, Zed.

[Note to self...don't accept the surgical route to recover if ever sick in zed's neck of the woods!

[grin]
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 10 Feb 2010, 07:27
I like it to capture it landing is a good skill
Ray: ...or, devilish good luck!

Thanks, Vintage
An exceptional capture Ray! Well done indeed.
Ray: Thanks, Richard. I appreciate your on-going up-beat comments.
Amazing to get him/her in such a moment. Wow!
Ray: Now to work on getting the bird in focus! Then I will be happy.
ohhhhhhhhhh so close....
great action
Ray: Yeh...close, but not quite....

I'll keep trying though.
I hope it made as successful a landing as you did photographing it Ray.
Ray: I think the landing was better, Brian...
That has to be difficult catch Ray. Ok..so not quite in focus..maybe shutterspeed..BUT..what a capture. The insect it has is a bonus. Well done Ray.
Ray: Shutter was fine, Ron...just bad focus! [grin]
brilliant capture Ray.
Ray: Thanks, Tim. I am delighted you like it.
It is a delightful shade of green and so clever to avopid being stung...I suppose.
Ray: These little buggers sting! Jeez...why didn't someone tell us before.

[grin]
Look no hands ... what a capture Ray.

richard
Ray: Thanks, Richard...must have his hands in his pockets...
Don't know about shortcomings, Ray - great action shot for me. When something is in flight like this, you get what you can get! I'm always amused by comments suggesting that one might have 'posed' an animal, bird or insect in a shot!
Ray: This shot would have been a challenge to pose, Tom.

[grin]
OK so the branch shouldn't be the only sharp bit, but the feeling of movement....and an impending crash landing make for a delightful shot
Ray: Yes...I like the action, Bill.
Good anticipation!
Ray: Yup...pre-focussed, and nearly got it right.

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