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Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow Bee-eater (Image ID 44435)
Photographed byLes George on Mon 25th Jan, 2021 and uploaded on same date.
Resolution1800x1350
Viewed1084
ID44435
CommentI was pleased to capture some flight shots of these speedy birds against a background other than the sky. Finding birds that were excavating their nest tunnels provided such opportunity. Many attempts were made over a number of days with few shots worth keeping. I liked this one with out swept wings and upward tilt of the head. The light was key to getting shutter speeds sufficient to get a semblance of sharpness in flight feathers but retaining the sense of movement. Though the bird is marred slightly by the grass stem across the tail I left it as is. Another of my favored shots for 2020.
EquipmentCanon 7D11
Canon 500 f/4 L IS ii USM
ISO 400, f 5.6, +0.3 step @ 1/1250
LocationCarnarvon, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, behaviour/display
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