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Lucky timing!

Lucky timing!
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-05 7:11
Viewed: 3307
Points: 46
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European Bee-eater - Merops apiaster

Seeing Howard’s (Marhowie) in-flight capture of a Red Cardinal I was reminded of this moment that I was just lucky to capture on Lesvos where we sat in the car for a while observing several Bee-eaters feeding on insects in the grass on a field near Tsiknias river estuary. A couple of them flew up on to this branch every now and again for a rest and I’ve earlier posted a shot where they were sitting together on the branch.

I’ve always been an admirer of Howards’ fantastic in-flight captures but I’m afraid I’m not that technically minded and this one was just a lucky one! It was a very windy day and I captured this through the open car window from a distance of about 10 metres. It has been cropped and sharpened.

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Hello Ulla,
Great "freezing" in flight at 1/1250s!... We can observe perflectly the landing bird!... well done! and a very nice BG!
Well done, TFS, Regards, Jesús

Hi Ulla,

another picture from these pair ogf bee eaters with good pov and dof.
This time one inflight and one sitting.
Great time and very good detail.

Fine natural colours.
What a grat meting with this beautiful birds.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-05 8:12]

Hello Ulla,
Beautiful photo of this landing bird. Great timing! Good sharpness and natural colours. I can see it was very windy. In flight photos are most of the time very attractive. Time for me to post another in flight bird photo, maybe soon.

Great job Ulla. Both are in your DOF, and two heads are better than one of course :)
That landing pose looks very familiar for some strange reason also ;)
Good colors, details, and the BG provides a softened look at the environment that contrasts with the birds nicely..
Well done!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-05 8:27]

Hi Ulla,

Seeing this might have been pure luck but capturing such a fine picture of these Bee-Eaters is an excellent example of your fine photography. I saw the picture before I saw the name and assumed it was Howard's. You froze the moment perfectly with beautiful colors and details. The one on the branch seems to be waiting patiently for the companion. I'm surprised you waited so long to post this gem.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-05 10:52]

Hi Ulla
What a great capture this wonderful pair of European Bee-eater !
Great details and lovely colors.

hello Ulla
you have luck with this shot
i have not seen this bird in Greece
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Bravo Ulla
They are so fascinating, by their colors, the way they fly, and in France they are only of passage the summer..
Thank you for this show
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-05 13:03]

Hello Ulla,
Nice to see two of European Bee-eater in a single frame. Pose you captured and the warm color tones look lovely.TFS.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Ulla
As Howard said in his note: Easy, 1,2,3. That is what it looks like here!

Great stuff my friend, really great. Not only your subjects, but your photography too. The bright colours are superb, the details captured and seen beautiful and the position and pose of the both the birds just super. Great photography! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Ulla
Great timing and also superb shot of these coloured bee-eater pair with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi Ulla. Marvelous photo of these colourful beauties.
Details and composition are great.
Best regards

Hello Ulla
a lovely capture of this two Bee-eater in a nice environment, both birds are very well focused, i like specially the flying one,
very beautiful lighting and colors
Have a good night

Hi Ulla,

Cute capture of this colorful pair. The poses you caught are excellent, and the surroundings are natural the way I prefer. Sharpness and DOF are excellent as well, the blurred background is very nice. Exposure is spot-on MF!
TFS and have a great WE!


Bonita y equilibrada composición. Naturalidad en los colores que como siempre mantienes gracias (supongo) al poco tratamiento electrónico que les aplicas.
Buen fin de semana Ulla.

Hi Ulla,
A very nice capture of these bee-eaters. You have captured in a very nice pose. Good details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-08-06 5:22]

Hi Ulla!
Very beautiful image of this splendid, colorful birds. Nice pose and ecellent timing !
Fine details and very good blurred BG.
Ciao! Vanda
Thanks for yoiur visit and comment :)

Hello Ulla,
Yes you were very lucky with the timing but you did choose the right speed to get this sharp picture
Well done

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-06 6:54]

Yes, fine timing to get one of the bee eater in flight, beautiful colors and good background. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-07 3:48]

Hello Ulla,
Lucky moment for you! Sometimes photographers must also have some luck :-)
Very natural and fine shot of these two colorful bee-eaters. I never have seen on in real, but I still hope ..
I wish you and Ivan a nice weekend
Kind regards

Hellow Ulla,
An amazing action shot well captured.Good choice of f5.7 clearly focusing on both bee eaters.I think they are of the most colourful birds.Well captured.

Hallo Ulla,
a very beautiful picture of the European Bee-eater, great timing and very good sharpness, beautiful natural colours, excellent POV and nice composition with a splendid environment.
Best regards

hej ulla!
biätare gillar jag och här har
du fångat upp en riktigt läcker
good work!

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