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Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow Bee-eater (Image ID 44882)
Photographed byJason Moore on Wed 25th Nov, 2020 and uploaded on Sat 20th Feb, 2021 .
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ID44882
CommentThis is one of a number of very satisfying images that I managed to capture on this morning, and this moment will stay with me for a long time to come. There were several reasons why this day turned out to be a special one. Firstly, anyone who has tried to capture these birds in flight will know they are extremely difficult to "nail" due to their small size, rapid and erratic flight, and skittish nature. It is difficult to get close, and it is even more difficult to keep them sharp and in the frame. Secondly, I had envisioned a particularly pose that I wanted to capture prior to my visit to this location, and I was ultimately able to achieve what I had envisioned (this image is not the one that I am referring to, but I think it is a special one nonetheless)......I had been to this location the day before I took this image. That visit was disappointing from a photography point of view, mostly due the exceptionally bright and harsh light that prevailed right from sunrise. However, I was able to gather some valuable information on the bird's movements and where their favourite perches were. The next morning I was at the same location prior to sunrise, and was rewarded with some fantastic light (there was a light cloud cover creating bright but diffuse light conditions). I put the knowledge I had gained the previous day to the test, and it certainly paid off.
EquipmentSony Alpha A9 with Sony 600mm f4 + 1.4x TC 1/2000 sec, f5.6 @ iso 3200
LocationLake Gwelup, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, in flight, adult, breeding plumage/features
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