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Rainbow bee eater

Rainbow bee eater
Photo Information
Copyright: Jeanne XX (Taralee) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 35] (217)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 75-300mm, Hoya UV 58mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-16 3:50
Viewed: 4186
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have moved to a new location and was delighted when I saw this beautiful bird settling on a post near my house.

"A striking, colourful bird, the Rainbow Bee-eater is medium sized, with a long slim curved bill and a long tail with distinctive tail-streamers. It has a golden crown and a red eye set in a wide black stripe from the base of the bill to the ears, which is edged with a thin blue line. The throat is orange-yellow, with a broad black band separating it from a green breast. The upperparts are green, with the flight feathers coppery and black tipped. The underwings are bright orange, with a black edge. The lower abdomen is blue. The tail is black, including the long tail streamers, with a blue tinge." Ref: http://birdsinbackyards.net/bird/174

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-16 4:00]
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Hi Jeanne,
Beautiful capture of this bee eater with his prey.I liked simple BG,moment you caught and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-16 4:47]
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Hello Jeanne,
An impressive capture of a Rainbow Bee-eater with its dragonfly prey. Though a little soft, the colours, BG, POV, pose and composition are excellent.
My wife an I have seen this species near Yorkies Knob when we were in Queensland 4 yrs ago but didn't get as good a shot as this!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-16 15:24]
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Slav Jeanne,
Very good capture of this bee eater with great composition.Nice colors and fine details.TFS.

Hi Jeanne,

Excellent shot of this beautiful Rainbow Bee-eater, and with the added bonus of a dragon fly for lunch, wonderful colours, really good separation from the OOF background, super shot :)

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Jeanne,
this is a beautiful bird and you have captured nicely,
nice colours, good POV and the bird standout well from the BG.
But it's a bit soft as Ivan mention.
I think you should have use 400iso and f8.0 to get a bit faster shutter speed, even with a tripod 1/60sec can be to slow.
I use tripod to 95% to my birds picture and trying to use at least 1/125sec to get the picture sharp. It's not only the movement which can be the problem, also mirror movement can decrease the sharpness.

Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-28 3:17]

Hi Jeanne,
it is not easy to capture bird like this, especially with the food between the beak.
Excellent pose and the bokeh work well here.


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