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meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531) [2014-11-09 8:18] [+]

Hi Gert,

it's really good to hear from you again, I always liked your original and rare shots of high quality. Of course it is disturbing to learn that you were ill. Spending our long winters in Cyprus is a very good idea for retired persond, but I never had it - so far. Now you lure me into something with this wonderful portrait of a bug never seen before. How you achieve this DOF with f2.8 is a mystery to me. But that what is good aon TN, maybe I learn something.

Best regards, Dieter

meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531) [2014-11-08 7:55]

Hi Muhammad,
you caught this The white-eared bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis) in a typical pose, well done. The animal is moving a lot, making itself heard, but according to the ornithological literature it is not migrating. You encounter it from Iraq to India, passing through Balochistan and Southern Afghanistan. Thanks for presenting the bird.

Best regards, Dieter

meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531) [2014-11-08 7:38]

Hi Ori,

thanks for this one, it's really very special, the flower. You are as usual master of the light on your subjects.

My best regards, Dieter

meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531) [2014-11-07 3:29]

Hi Srikumar,
I had to see these birds presented under such a suggestive title :-) Although I don't normally like interpreting animal behaviour in an anthropological way (I'm a biologist), I take it here as a good pun.
The high quality of the picture picture has to do with the special light and the right background.
My best regards, Dieter

meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531) [2014-10-28 14:53]

Liebe Anne,
sensationell, Dein tolles Bild ist eine völlige Überraschung. Dank Deinem gutem Text bin ich jetzt auch im Bild. Ob der Falter bei uns auftauchen wird? Ich jage schon bisher vergebens nach Neozoen wie dem Asiatischen Bockkäfer oder Drosophila suzukii, nicht weil mich Neozoen besonders freuen, sondern weil man nützliche Information verbreiten kann, so wie Du jetzt. Das Licht konzentriert auf dem Hinterflügel, interessant!
Ich wünsche Dir eine gute Nacht! Dieter

meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531) [2014-10-18 7:26]

Hi Howard,
it's good to know you haven't forgotten the common mortal photographers on TN :-)
Thanks for reminding us that frontiers are to be pushed, not accepted.
My best regards, Dietrich

meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531) [2014-10-18 3:16]

Dear Ori,
it was a pleasure to get a remark from you, the proficient photographer of the Near East flora, on one of my pictures. I note that you do portraits of birds as well, and this Lapwing is a beauty !!

My best regards, Dietrich

meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531) [2014-10-18 3:09] [+]

Lieber Roland,

gut gelungen, Dein Portrait der farbintensiven Trithemis kirbyi. Du kannst die zu dunkeln Stellen ohne Weiteres in PS aufhellen. Diese schöne Libelle kommt leider nicht in Europa vor, aber in Afrika, Arabien, Indien. Eine seltene Präsentation auf TN!
Herzlich grüsst Dieter

meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531) [2014-10-18 2:18] [+]

Dear Roland,

good to know that you have become a TN adept now ! I like this toad (it's not a frog, the bulging parotic glands behind the eyes are the hallmark of Bufonidae). The focus is not on the eye as recommended for animal shots but a little lower, that is not bad in this case, the back and the legs are as important here.

I checked the ID. There are five species of toads occurring in Morocco:
Bufo spinosus
Barbarophryne (=Bufo) brongersmai
Bufotes boulengeri
Amietophrynus mauritanicus
Amietophrynus xeros


Judged by this list yours can only be Bufotes boulengeri, the North African Green Toad (Nordafrikanische Wechselkröte)

Thanks for your picture and for the comment on mine.
My best regards, Dietrich

meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531) [2014-10-18 1:42] [+]

Dear Syed,
I hope you are well. Thanks to your comment on my picture I discovered your excellent gallery, which gives me an amazing glimpse to Pakistani fauna. Thanks for this exceptional shot of a bird completely unknown to me eating a wasp 's nest.
My best regards to you, Dietrich