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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: 2007-12-12
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-23 4:07
Viewed: 5701
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A common bushveld bird, one I have posted often in the past, but one that I just have to keep on shooting. This image is one what I have been trying to nail for a long time - and the lighting, the bird and the D300 all came together at the right place, right time late afternoon in Kruger NP. 200-400 F4 VR-S plus 1.4 TC.
Lilac-breasted Roller, Coracias caudatus, Kingdom: Animalia (Animals), Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrates), Class: Aves (Birds), Order: Coraciiformes (Rollerlike Birds), "Family: Coraciidae (Rollers)", Gewone Troupant, Gabelracke, Rolieiro-de-peito-lilás, Rollier ŕ longs brins, Vorkstaartscharrelaar

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-02-23 4:14]

Hi Callie,
Amazing dymnamic shot. Great colors and details. Very special "pose".
Well done and TFS

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-02-23 4:30]

hi Callie,
awesome... your persistance has paid off, and shots like this have got to make it all worth the hard work and many attempts. great capture, nice and focused on the face, and the color is stunning. great work, well done and congrats

A beautiful composition of a perfectly posed bird just before a take-off, captured in nice focus and great detail Callie, thank you for sharing this rare event with us my friend. A small point on your note though, "Chordata" and "Vertebrata-Vertebrates" are not synonyms of each other, Vertebrata is a subphylum of the phylum "Chordata".

Hi Callie,
You got a great shot here with all the factors in your favour creating a sharp image with outstanding colours and good contrast.TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-23 8:00]

Mind-blowingly amazing!
What timing you have! And what skill you have to be able to capture a creature in such a way!
One of the best shots of a bird I've seen in a long time.
Congrats for that Callie.


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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-02-23 9:12]

Hi Callie,
Fabulous shot. Such vibrant colours.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-24 0:43]

Hi Callie,
Very nice capture, perfect timing!
Awesome colors!

Hello Callie,

Wonderful composition. Good sharpness. Splendid colours.
Very well done,

Hi Callie,

Great shot, sharp!
Maybe soften the contrast a bit?



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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-24 13:39]

Good action shot Callie. It looks so strange, as if it is turned inside out!! Super colours
Kia ora

Dynamic POV and inflight pose Callie, a well composed frame.
Very nice color, exposure, BG, and details..
These are the kinds of images that lit a fire in my heart early on, Thank you.
You da man! :)

Lovely. Congrats on nailing it, Callie.

Hi Callie the best image of a lilac breasted Roller on this site!

Beautiful as well as dynamic!



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