This is a bee-eater captured on the shore of the Baringo lake during a early boat ride. The Baringo lake is an amazingly wealthy place in bird ressources. This is the northernmost lake in the Rift valley and the second biggest one after the Nakuru and one of the only one made of freshwater.
This is also a place where one can meet one of the three kinds of Massai : the fishermen ones. One also can meet hippos and crocodiles. Hippos are impressive, especially at night when they come along the shore to eat noisily.
Bee-eater eats flying insects like bees and wasps. They especially love the honey bees. Funnily, they will ignore any flying insect once landed on the ground.
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robiuk (10807) 2008-01-28 4:33
I like your birdie - nice composition with the whole
bird in frame and some interesting DOF effects.
Even though it looks a bit 'burnt' because of your
use of flash, I still think it's a good one and am surprised to see your flash unit having such a long
range, considering you shot this one at full 400mm.
snowfalken (1116) 2008-01-28 6:22
Excellent capture! Anyone on Trek Nature would envy you for this one! I like the composition and the clean background which makes the bee eater stand out so well! Great work! Thank you for sharing!
With Friendly Regards,
brandstaetter (15915) 2008-01-29 8:26
400mm, flash, no tripod ?..excellent result. I would not have had this idea with the flash.
ayansadhu (1502) 2008-02-07 9:55
Hi Steven, this is a fantastic capture with the nice thought to correctly expose the bird with fill flash...good DoF and POV along with the composition speaks volumes of your shooting ability in this area which is otherwise like Hebrew language crash course to me :)
Today I have exhausted my quota of smileys so points some other day my friend :)
Just for :) today, ha ha ha . . .
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-12-21
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L USM IS, Digital RAW, Hama UV 77 mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: KENYA SAFARIS
- Date Submitted: 2008-01-28 3:18