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Snacking Birds # 7

Snacking Birds # 7
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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: 2002
Categories: Mammals, Birds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): African Raptors [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-11 16:21
Viewed: 5701
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is actually called “Needle & Thread” for obvious reasons. I recon this should be the last of this little series on birds and what they stuff into their bills ‘n beaks. This is a scanned slide of a Bateleur Male, taken maybe 4 years ago, around 11h00 on a very hot and sunny day, next to the main road somewhere in the Kruger National park. I just got my 50-500 Sigma lens, and was burning to try it out. With two Nikon bodies, it was easy to handle the 70-200 f2.8 and the 50-500. However, a sighting like this just draws the cars - within 1 minute, there were about 5 cars around us. As I was trying to get a better position with my long lens, the clown in front of me drove right between me and this sighting, parked there for the 30 seconds it took the Bateleur to also have enough of him and fly off. I was never in my life so near to strangling someone as on that day. This is the first and last time we have seen this sighting, and to have a selfish person do such a thing, leaves one speechless with the audacity.
Picture quality could be improved, but time of day, flatbed scan and hash light was a bit against me.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-11 17:02]

Callie, we call it Road Rage!
I love the blood and guts hanging from his mouth. Good pose and he is looking right at you too. I'm pleased when I see you posting interest photos and not worrying about 100% perfection. Thats what I like to do, to be able to show the subject off and not always the photo itself.
Thanks Willie, Janice

Hello Callie, This is another great shot in your series..maybe not tack sharp but excellent colors and pose..A very colorful and interesting lookin' speciman this..Well done and Thanx!!

Spectacular bird. Even if the technical problems you faced did not allow you get it picture perfect, well worth sharing. Thanks!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-04-11 20:05]

This is one amazing looking bird!
I've never seen or heard of this before.
Very well captured considering the circumstances and I'm glad you got him.
Excellent work,TFS.

An excellent shot when you take in the conditions you had to take it under. A beautiful looking bird. A great series you have done here. Excellent work! Sorry out of points..

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-11 20:43]

Hello, Callie! What an amazing catch... what with the stringy guts hanging from its beak. A true back-to-nature kind of shot. I totally identify with your frustration toward the inconsiderate photographer, but you still managed to get a great picture to show us. Thanks. : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-11 22:44]

Un superbe spécimen original avec de très belles couleurs.

Félicitations pour la présentation de cet oiseau et la note intéressnre.

Nice picture, my Friend.
Not the best qualite you said, but under this conditions it's a good shot. You catch the moment.
The colours and the pose are very good.
Well done.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-04-12 2:05]

Dag Callie,
Hier in Vlaanderen een mooie lente morgen met 5° Celsius, want ik zie dat deze vogel in warmere temperatuur is genomen, de kleuren van de veren zijn mooi, want met een telelens is het niet altijd gemakkelijk door de warmte om een goed foto te nemen, en hij kijkt netjes in uw richting precies of hij heeft het in de gaten!

Wow, those feathers! What a great combination of colours. Nice work Callie. Great pose from this chap. A bit OE on the ground, but a great shot all the same. TFS.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-12 5:05]

Belle et intéressante photo pour cet impressionnant rapace. Belles couleurs.
Well done !

The man of the moment. :) This series really has me green Callie. "John Deer" green. I would love to have this cross my path. Superb post and I think I should reconsider starting a new series of cats. :)

Hallo Callie!
Superb colours and great pose!
You always make unusual photos.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-12 6:37]

Yuck Callie!! :) This is groase! This is a great picture, what a sight! When taking into account that this is a scanned picture, the quality is very good. Sure, the ground is a little OE, but that's a minor nit. Extremely well caught moment and great colors. Your 'little' theme has been great and I am sad it has come to an end!


Oh btw: I would have strangeled that guy! ;)

Prachtige capture Callie,
Net wat John zegt, door de warmte valt het niet mee hem goed in pof te krijgen. Hij heeft je wel in de gaten al zit je een eind van hem vandaan, met de goede details and the fine note, very good job.
gr. Jaap

Great post, technicaly not perfect but the bird's pose and colours are great.
Well done.

Wow, everybody is allowed to have a rough day.
This is still a very good image and you did well despite of the conditions. Have you an N.D. filter? or a warming filter? It will cut the harsh light.
Excelent work and well done.
I tried a w.s. to try and save the day. :)
$^!T. gota post it tomorrow, no room for w.s.

Points tomorrow, I ran out of Ran

It's not always the quality Callie, but the moment.
A very well captured shot, and very interesting.
Well done for not strangling the clown, Thanks for posting.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-17 8:44]

Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks, friend Callie.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-18 20:40]

Donner hom stel ek voor - die ou nie die voel nie :)

This is a beauty and hopefully one day I will have the oppertunity to see something like this, with no-one between us.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-24 10:47]

This is one of my favourite birds of prey. In Holland we call the bateleur "goochelaar". In Kruger I saw many bateleur. Unfortunately, I never came as close to the bird as you did. It must have been a fantastic experience!
Great shot of a very special bird.


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