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Bee-eater with a skipper

Bee-eater with a skipper
Photo Information
Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 50 -500mm f4/6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bee Eaters, Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-16 0:43
Viewed: 3093
Points: 36
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Hi all,

This is a blue tailed bee eater with a feed which is a skipper and probably its a Bevan's swift. What is striking here is that these skippers are very fast and difficult to catch unlike other butterflies and insects.. but this master acrobatic has managed to catch this :-)

Hope you will like it
Goutham R

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Brilliant work Goutham! The dept of field is fantastic! Great, natural colors and clarity!
George Veltchev

AMAZING shot Goutham
Perfect POV, pose, moment, light and sharpness
Lovely composition and a Superb BG
I,m sorry for this skipper but thats nature

TFS Thijs

Wonderfull bee-eater looking at you. Beautiful colours and sharpness. Good composition.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-16 2:34]

Hello Goutham
Wow! Superb capture.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Goutham,
A lovely capture of this beautiful bee eater with a skipper butterfly in mouth. Which is not fair ;>. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-09-16 4:16]

Hi Goutham,
Very beautiful photo ...
Superb focus and sharpness.Beutiful colours and light.
Best wishes,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-09-16 5:02]

Hi Goutham
Excellent closed up ,perfect POV and DOF.Beautiful natural colors with excellent detail.I also like the dioganal position of the branch.
TFS Michel

Wonderful capture dear Goutham! DOF and detaisl are perfect so like focus. Beautiful natural colours. Impressive the BG.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-09-16 6:31]

Hi Goutham

A truly wonderful shot here from you!
I really like the bee eaters in general as subjects and you really nailed this blue-tailed one with that interesting moth in its beak - what a lovely pose.
The overall exposure here is terrific as is the sharpness and what i also like is the gorgeous, uniform BG that makes the subject stand out so well.

Bravo and TFS

this is awesome, Goutham!
Very well done!
i love the beautiful smooth BG, which is so perfect for us to see the details!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-16 8:56]

Hi Goutham,this pic is so perfect that no need comments,a very professional work taken at the best.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-16 10:17]

Hi Goutham.
I like the species so much. Only this year I could take pictures of the bird at rather close distance. Last time it was in 2008. May be I find free time to share few of then. Now I get pleasure from watching your amazing picture which represents this species by the best way. Composition of the shot is spot on as well as a BG and subject at whole. Bravo and thanks for visit my gallery.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-16 11:30]

Hello Goutham,
This is a really amazing photo! What a perfection! Very professional. Thanks for this little masterpiece.

Hello Goutham
Beautiful photo, excellent sharpness and contrast,
very beautiful colors and great POV
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Hallo Goutham
Very clear and sharp details obtained here. The Bee-eater is one of my favourite birds and you have captured this one beautifully. The lovely coloured plumage, the dark patch in the neckline, its slender built, sharp beak and tiny eye is seen with so much clarity, and then off course the skipper in its mouth is an additional and most pleasant bonus. A very sharp image. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Goutham,
This is a top class shot! The composition, the colours and the timing with the prey are fantastic. Even the curve of the branch is nice. Congratulations! Best regards,

Good timing to capture the bea-eater in this pose after it captured its skipper meal. Good sharpness and light management.
TFS and cheers,


hello Goutham
WOW superb capture and great timing, sharpness is top Quality
the pose of the Bee-eater and the lovely colors are also excellent
thanks a lot for this beauty
have a great WE

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