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Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Green Bee Eater
Category: Birds 'n Animals

On our way back from Devarayanadurga, Amit and Me took a small break near a canal and ventured in to the fields chasing birds.

I had been wondering how all my bird models prefer sitting in electric wires. Every time, I get a decent bird shot, the bird is usually sitting in electric wires! But, this shot was slightly better in that aspect, as I atleast managed to shoot it against some trees to get a green background - far better than the dull white backgrounds that I usually manage!

The pic is taken with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L tele photo lens, mounted on the Canon EOS 7D, handheld in Av mode and Auto-ISO. I had chosen a f/6.3 and the camera picked up a 1/640s exposure at ISO-400.

After hanging around for some more time, I soon got an opportunity to shoot another Green Bee Eater sitting in a branch. I stealthily got very close to the bird and managed to get a few shots - but I did not get any catch light in the bird's eyes and the lighting was a bit harsher. Nevertheless, this is so far my best non-electric-wire picture of a Green Bee Eater!

This pic comes with the same equipment and settings as the previous shot, but the lighting was bit harsher and the camera picked up 1/500s exposure at ISO-250.

Posted by usandeep at 10:52 PM
Updated: Tuesday, 2 August 2011 11:06 PM
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Thursday, 4 August 2011 - 3:25 AM

Name: "Ashwathy Nair"
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Your patience paid off! Incredible photos! 

Thursday, 4 August 2011 - 2:07 PM

Name: "Anu"
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Wonderful pics!!

Thursday, 4 August 2011 - 8:54 PM

Name: "magiceye"
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brilliant catch!



Thursday, 4 August 2011 - 10:49 PM

Name: "mohkum"
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These birds are so beautiful! These shots are really very impressive. Congrats. 

Monday, 8 August 2011 - 2:40 PM

Name: "flyawaymind"
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what a beauty!!!bee eaters are such cute, colourful birds

Monday, 8 August 2011 - 9:06 PM

Name: "joshi daniel"
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the backgroud goes well with bird and a nice bird!

Thursday, 11 August 2011 - 8:58 AM

Name: "Neeraj"
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How do you always happen to have a camera with you?

Thursday, 11 August 2011 - 3:41 PM

Name: usandeep
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@Neeraj: I dont always have it, though I try to carry it whenever I can :) In any case, this was a photography trip and I was carrying most of the equipment!

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