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The Bossa Nova - Dance of Love

The Bossa Nova - Dance of Love
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds In Flight Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-21 3:50
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I do believe these two were flirting. The 'dance' I observed was different from the one described in the books however.

First the two would fly around each other, playing a little chase game. Then they face each other beak to beak, belly to belly and fly up, once actually rotating around each other, usually just vertical and simple. When they would get well above the top of the house, the little boy would break away and come straight to the ground, pulling up at the very last minute. According to the sources, this is NOT the Ruby Throat mating dance, but I saw what I saw.

I did wonder why they would be courting so late in the season. I thought they would begin the process of migration in the next month or so, not leaving much time to raise another brood. Is this a sign of the times? Is the weather about to do something drastic? Has global warming changed the seasons when I wasn't looking?

I'll keep up with the activities of these tiny ones and keep you updated.

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Hi Angelina,
For most of us it's hard enough to get one bird in flight in good focus, but you've managed greatly to get two of them in the same frame.
What an excellent shot and I love the title.
Very beautiful sight to see these two dancing in mid air.
Wonderful colors, details, pose of the birds and soft background.
Thanks for sharing and the very good note.
Best wishes,

Hello Angy,
You had captured well with both dancing the Bossa Nova for you, hihi!
good sharpness, vivid colour and details
very well composed and well seen

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-21 4:26]

hello Angelina,
That's a marvellous picture,looks really like a dance. And you got both in the frame and in focus! We just can say bravo.
Best regards

Hi Angy
Very nice photo. interesting idea great moment. Perfect buckground. interestin informative note
Best wishes

Hi Angelina.
Absolutly brillant, love it. What fun you must have had watching them and trying to capture this perfect moment.
Wonderful colour, detail and exposure, DOF is superb for showing them off.


Hi Angy,
An absolutely beautiful photo of the birds in flight. Excellent composition showing both frontal and side views. Great detail and color. An extremely rare capture. Very well done.


hello angelina,
what a beautiful capture, both the birds looks sharp, nice moment captured, liked the composition and colours too,
well done,
tfs & regards

How do you do that??? Both birds are well focused and they are far from each other. You even caught a catch-light... This is amazing. I never managed to get one decent shot of a Hummingbird and you have a full gallery of them! This is very well done with superb colors and details. Thanks,

You are a very successful photographer,
the capture of this two little hummers
confirm that, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-08-21 5:48]

Hello Angelina,
Brilliant photo of these dancing Hummingbirds. Poses of both birds are excellent. Sharpness and colours are perfect against a beautiful BG.
A master-piece!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-21 6:13]

Hello Angelina
What a great composition,it look like they were dancing just for you.Sharp image with beautiful colors.POV and focus are very nice.Excellent DOF with very nice BG blur and colors.
TFS Michel

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-08-21 6:46]

Hello Angelina, this is a very charming photo. Delicate but with great detail. Wonderfully caught with great focus and perfect dov. Excellent pov and the colours and definition are superb. Great composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-21 7:10]

Hello Angelina,
What a fine study of these two little beauties! Both are pretty well in focus and colours are beautiful against the soft background. Keep up your behaviour study - great fun and very interesting! Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-21 7:22]

Hi Angelina

Exellent composition here - especially as it is an action shot. Must have taken some doing, getting both birds in focus at the same time.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-21 7:31]

Hi Angy,
in my opinion, this is one of your best hummingbird posts so far.
Sharp with excellent detail and vivid colours.
Perfect timing to capture its fanned out tail.
Great DOF.
Well done,

Sure love our personal take on this. Hard enough to get one sitting more or less two in the air. Wonderful capture Angel...Your one marvelous Italian/Deutsch photographer from America:-)


Hi Angelina
great compo! hummingbirds in flight both perfectly sharp and lovely BG

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-21 11:40]

Hi Angelina 'Humming' Deans,
Fantastic shot of these dancing ones captured with perfect timing and sharpness. Superb lighting and against the BG they do stand out well. You have made possible something utterly impossible. Absolutely marvellous. Great composition too. Kudos.

Hello Angelina,
great pose. taking flying birds is usually very hard. this must be twice hard. you managed with a nice result. details, focus, POV, composition very nice. soft BG also very good. thanks for showing them.
best wishes

Hi Angelina,
Amazing, love it! To my favs... Thanks for sharing such a wondeful shots...feel quite depressed...And a very interesting notes! And, yes, please, keep us informed on their activities...Marta

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-08-21 12:38]

You're so lucky! And getting two in one shot! That's pretty cool!
Most excellent! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-21 13:46]
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It looks like a territorial battle to me! And hummingbirds can be very fierce in their battle for land rights!
superb composition and colours, excellent timing

They're both so clear! This is super. I love your description, too.

Hi Angelina,
A beautiful composition of these two hummer flirting or courting ore anything else. But it looks so beautiful. Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing piece of work.

Amazing little creatures and you've captured them well. It's hard to think of any other creature that has the ability to move in absolutely any direction like the hummingbirds can. Well done.


Hello Angelina, outastanding shot, two bierd in flly on one shot,
splendid colors and background, very nice details and pose,
well done,

An excellent work. Their "love dance" performed, I think, to show their gratitude to you; as you love them.

I just love the way the tail is spread out on the top bird. Your notes of this dance is very descript and I can just imagine it.
Perhaps they just like to play games too. Maybe they flirt or set up each other for next year. I guess only they know.
This is really good stop action Angelina!

Hi Angelina
You've captured a very special moment here. I can only imagine how exciting it was to watch the unfolding relationship. Beautifully composed showing one hummingbird face on and the other a nice side view. Excellent colour, detail, and lighting.
TFS Janice



Please keep the TN world updated on this matter.
You've become highly talented, my dear.
LOVE it.
P.S. It went down to 5*C last night; and tonight it's going to 0*C. We will soon have snow. IT IS COLD.
When are you coming over???

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-09 8:35]

Hi Angelina.
You are surrounded by charming creatures and you managed to picture an amazing dance. It is very difficult kind of shooting and you have created a terrific shot. Great scene, precise timing, impressive DOF and combination of sharpness/blurriness. My congratulations and TFS. Well done.
P.S. Thanks a lot for visit and kindness.

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