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Little BeeEater

Surely one of the prettiest of birds, the Little BeeEater seems more curious than wary as it observes me from its perch about 2 metres from where I sit in my mobile hide [aka car].

It was an extraordinary thrill for me to have such a close encounter with this, normally extremely human-shy, totally wild beauty.

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A short series of pictures of birds I collected at New Year break, on my first bird-specific outing. One thing I learned is that wild birds are very difficult subject; an occasional [maybe accidental] success was enough to addict me to this field.

Critical feedback most welcome, as I want to improve.

Little BeeEater

Surely one of the prettiest of birds, the Little BeeEater seems more curious than wary as it observes me from its perch about 2 metres from where I sit in my mobile hide [aka car].

It was an extraordinary thrill for me to have such a close encounter with this, normally extremely human-shy, totally wild beauty.

***

A short series of pictures of birds I collected at New Year break, on my first bird-specific outing. One thing I learned is that wild birds are very difficult subject; an occasional [maybe accidental] success was enough to addict me to this field.

Critical feedback most welcome, as I want to improve.

comments (12)

  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 01:18
OMG, Ray! I don't know what it is you do that turns your photos into magic like this, but you sure have the golden glove! I thought your signature was bugs, but it could soon become birds, if you're not careful.
Ray: Oooops! Thought this was just a feathered bug, Ginnie. [grin]
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jan 2008, 01:19
I think this is a much better picture than yesterday's. The bird has posed so nicely for you, and there's space to the right - for it to move into.

Superb shot, I didn't think you could better yesterdays, but you have smile
Ray: Thank you, Ellie.
That is a very encouraging comment.

The series does a nose dive, technically, from this point...please feel free to dole out a bit of advice from here on. [grin]
Well you certainly took the challenge. A likey for me.
Ray: Thank you, Mary. I hope the bird brings good cheer to you at this trying time.
Bang on, absolute quality. Looks like you may have used a touch of fill in flash, I think it makes the bird pop out even more. Nice one.
Ray: No fill-flash, Nigel...I would not have dared lest I scare the bird away. There was good direct sunlight available, and this bird's feathers have a very polished sheen...I think there is just a hint of reflection in a few places.
Thank you for your kind comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jan 2008, 08:38
I think you have glued it to the branch - that is why it sat so still smile Well done, I see no glue in evidence.

Excellent close-up
Ray: A little secret, Louis, just between you and I...I have hold of its tail, so it can't get away! [grin]
  • Kathryn
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 12:05
wow Ray...the details of the feathers and colors are larger than life!
Ray: It is a quite beautiful little bird, Kathryn, and an incredible buzz to observe from so close.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 14:15
Super sharp and very good-looking, Ray. I think it made you, but figured that it will take you too long to get out of the car for it to worry about you.
Ray: It certainly knew I was there, Martin. It was observing me as closely as I was observing it. However, the bird had a short attention span, so would break off the inspection momentarily to swoop on an insect, before returning to have a fresh look at me.
I believe you are correct in suggesting the bird knew I was no threat to it...I give myself a little credit for that. [grin]
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 8 Jan 2008, 14:44
WOW Ray this is awesome, so much so it looks almost stuffed it's that perfectsmile
Great shot.
Ray: Hi tracy.
No...I don't think the bird was stuffed...in fact, it didn't seem the least bit tired to me. [grin]
Seriously, though...thank you for your kind remark.
Superb close-up Ray. I love the details
Ray: That close, and with that lens, really filled the frame with bird; there was plenty of light; the model was in no hurry to be elsewhere... a rare opportunity to capture the detail of a normally rather shy animal.
Thanks, Richard. I appreciate your comment.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2008, 01:52
What a cutie! Good DOF, and the clarity of the birds feathers and face is just wonderful. This is seriously a new foray for you? You're already an expert!
Ray: Too kind, Jewlya. This was one of the accidently good efforts on the day. [grin]
I can't even say wich one I prefer because I like them very much both smile
Ray: I managed to get about 20 good close-ups of this little, curious bird, before it finally got bored and flew off.
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 29 Jan 2008, 14:07
likey likey likey...magic shot ray. you can let go of its tail now grin

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