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Two is Company

Two is Company
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-07 5:26
Viewed: 3517
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, in September last year, I shot and posted a picture of two Cattle Egrets with this rustic woman from Rajasthan. She was cutting grass for her cattle and about five Cattle Egrets were hovering around her working hands, almost interfering with her work. The woman, apparently, was unearthing insects in the process of cutting grass and these birds were feeding on those insects. Though I was apprehensive my picture would be removed for the presence of a human figure in it, it stayed because I dwelt on the theme of close communion between nature and man in my note with the picture and our moderators are discerning individuals, no doubt.
Basically, I am extending that theme through this second picture four months later. Here I have shown only one Cattle Egret with the rustic woman. See how physically close they are to each other. Both are least bothered about the proximity and are quite relaxed in each other's company.
That's what I consider real bonding between man and nature.
Hope you like this picture for what it says.

Cattle Egrets are much written about, so I will finish my note here.
Thanks for stopping by, if you do.

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I remember that picture you've posted before. Just like then, the human presence does not bother me at all. On the contrary, it shows that we can get along with nature just fine.... I wish this example was applied to other occasions as well. Anyways, TFS.

Best Regards,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-07 5:48]

Hello Ram,
I wish there was a stronger bond between man and nature around the world. I was always amazed in India and Gambia with their dense populations, how unshy birds and animals were!Here there's too much space where wildlife can hide!! The Cattle Egret is pretty dependent on man and its cattle and this shows the bond very nicely.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2009-02-07 5:51]

Bonjour Ram, I like this shot a lot!! and moreover the two subjects looks in the same way!! congratulations, Didier.

Hi Mr. Ram,
A lovely capture of this lady and the cattle egret. Excellent composition and very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-07 7:52]

Merhaba Ram,
Eylül ayında postaladığın fotoğrafı da görüp yorum yazmıştım. Bu da o zamandan çekilmiş fotoğraflardan ikincisi galiba. Oldukça etkileyici bir ilişki var çalışan kadın ile balıkçıl arasında.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-02-07 7:57]

Hello Ram!

Maybe I'm a dreamer, but I hope some day all our world will be without wars and conflicts, with much stronger bonds between humen and nature. Sorry, but I'm in very depressed mood - moment ago I read the news, that Polish engineer working in Pakistan was decapitated by Talibans. Your picture is light years away from our cruel world. Woman and bird coexisting in harmony, look like best friends. Very symbolic, allegoric picture. I repeat - I hope one day all of us will live in such harmony with each other and rest beings on our planet.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-07 8:09]

The bird looks like a companion to the woman, like a dog would. And how colourful and nice, I like that precious moment that you captured, the bird seemingly at ease and so is the woman. To me such a picture seems like it's coming from another world (which it is) with simple people living simply on earth, not on an imagined make-up of the world ;-) Thank you Ram,


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-07 8:32]

Hi Ram,
Very interesting scane.Well caught,framed and composed.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting.

bonjour ram
vous avez bien de la chance que les aigrettes viennent aussi près des humains,ici on ne risque pas de voir cela!
l'instant meritait d'être montré.

Hello Ram
Human and nature. Great idea. Very nice peaceful moment Thank you very much for schering

hello Ram
nice picture
great composition with the bird
great shot
greeting lou

Hi Ram,
We get these white herons here,but you'd never get this close to them.
Amazing shot.

Hello Ram !
Even thoug there is a woman on the picture, you are focus on the Egret, so I suppose it's allowed here ! :-) It's great to see nature and humans interact like that, happens to me too when we cut grass to let it dry as hay, all the birds fly around us to get the insects that are revelead by the cut grass. It's amazing to see how animals can get close to us just to feed, it's always so wonderful to see it and your picture shows this feeling very nicely, I like it. Very well done !

Hello Ram,
perfect work with beautiful composition with man and bird! I like this idea!

Best regards, Leonid

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  • gorky (22)
  • [2009-02-17 7:57]

Very unique subject. A nice moment has been captured.

Dear Sir,
Very well composed picture of the lady and the cattle egret depicting Harmony.Her red color Duppata Makes the picture Very lively. Great composition.
Kind regards Savitha

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