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Please include where and when taken, equipment and exposure details. Who's to go first then?

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I'll go first.

 

Most beautiful bird ever photographed is my wife.

 

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Location: think this was at some garden party.

Equipment; me left eye, a camera body and a lens.

Exposure; I'd say the dress had quite a bit of cleavage. But for sure no indecent exposure.

 

Next!

 

:D

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Is she smiling, or silently cursing you Jochen?

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I'd vote for cursing!

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Beautiful plumage!

 

Its unusual for the female of the species to be better looking than the male.

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Is she smiling, or silently cursing you Jochen?

 

 

Beautiful plumage!

Its unusual for the female of the species to be better looking than the male.

 

:D

 

You're both excellent observers!

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K..

 

I ruined your thread a bit so I'll put it on track again. This is my favo;

 

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In my defense; you didn't say it had to be a pic from Africa. :lol:

 

I know the pic isn't anything special. But it is special to me. Seeing birds that have become soooo rare. I felt really privileged. The hyacinth Macaw is on the IUCN red list as "endangered", and I only saw them one time in the Pantanal. I've got them close up too, and even in flight. But for some reason the framing in this pic does the trick. Collected a feather from the ground, put in my hat, and it now goes wherever I go (while on holiday of course).

 

This pic was a close second:

 

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...but only because I spent half a day trying to get one in close-up. A colibri sitting down is hard to spot: those damn things hide under the canopy of small bushes, are really small (5cm max), and sit in the shade. But I got lucky in the end.

 

Again sorry it isn't an African bird, Matt. :)

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African or not, beautiful birds. I'd also love to see wild hyacinth macaws.

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Lovely photos Jochen.

 

Here's one of an african penguin at Betty's Bay, SA

 

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jo penguins 045 African Penguins by kittykat23uk, on Flickr

 

Olympus E-620 with the 50-200ED and EC14 TC

Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1250)

Aperture f/6.3

Focal Length 147 mm

ISO Speed 200

Exposure Bias 0 EV

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Posted (edited)

Zambia : South Luangwa National Park Nov 2010

 

Nesting site in the banks of the Luangwa River.

 

Taken using a Canon EOS7D + Canon 100-400mm IS L f4.5-5.6 lens, ISO200, 1/1000sec, f5.6

 

Carmine Bee-eater returning to its nest hole.

 

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Edited by Paul T
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Cracking inflight shot with bee. Nice one.

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Nice one, Paul!!

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Some beauts!

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Kwara, Okavango Delta, Botswana

lucky shot

 

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Wild Dogger .... I really like your roller image. :unsure: I've tried a number of times to get a roller in flight and messed up every single time.

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Hi, Paul... I just had to welcome you to Safaritalk.... if anyone says something strange to you for no apparent reason, you can assume it is my fault. :unsure:

 

Thought I should say hello!

 

 

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Hello pault ..... having similar member names could indeed be amusing, for both of us. Thank you for your welcome.

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There's still room for a "Paul Tee", "Paul Tea", etc...

 

:unsure:

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Zambia : South Luangwa National Park Nov 2010

 

Nesting site in the banks of the Luangwa River.

 

Taken using a Canon EOS7D + Canon 100-400mm IS L f4.5-5.6 lens, ISO200, 1/1000sec, f5.6

 

Carmine Bee-eater returning to its nest hole.

 

CBE10.jpg

 

~ Paul T

 

That's a LOVELY image!

When I saw it, I said “Wooooooooh!”, as it's impressive!

Everything is TERRIFIC!

Thank you for posting it.

Tom K.

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Larus michahellis with a Morsel



Photographed at 5:13 pm on 31 January, 2014 in Venice, Italy, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 200mm f/2.8L II telephoto lens.



ISO 800, 1/800 sec., f/2.8, 200mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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The dinner reservation at Enoteca Ai Artisti was for 7 pm, therefore there was time to stroll around in the light rain, photographing whatever whimsy happened to cross my path.


This Larus michahellis, Yellow-legged Gull, was eating a morsel it had apparently found floating in a Dorsuduro canal. The soft evening light of late January highlighted the raindrop circles.

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Thanks @@Tom Kellie for digging up another interesting old thread!

 

Doves in my garden:

 

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In the interests of full disclosure, please note that I do feed them from time to time. Not enough to make them dependent though.

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Another one I like:

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taken at Gadikwe Island, Okavango Delta, Kwara Concession

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Got lucky this morning!

 

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Love the "Uh-Oh, poor me" look on his face. Great pics!

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White-necked Ravens



Photographed at 7:31 am on 22 January, 2013 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 200mm f/2.8L IS telephoto lens + EF 2x extender.



ISO 100, 1/160 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual Exposure.



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The early morning chill was in the air as we drove on the raised highland looking down to a wide grassy area where lion pairs were resting and a few elephants were walking.



In the center of a gnarled tree these two Corvus albicollis, White-necked Raven, were perched together. As it happened this was the only time that I ever photographed this species.


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