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    Posted: 19 November 2020 at 08:02
2 years back I spent a very memorable week taking all too many shots of a pair of Rainbow Bee-eaters, documented here. But as usual there's always "that" shot missed that just you just can't shake.
So when the better half a few months ago asked where I would want to head to for a birthday getaway plans started forming up in my head.
As we loaded the car up for the 340km drive up the coast last Thursday I was doing so with ulterior motives, to snag those shots I missed last time...fingers crossed that my intended subjects 24 months later had returned in their migration to the same spot!

After some initial bad weather I got my first chance for a quick recce Saturday morning, finding a pair right where I had hoped they would be! Sunday was my birthday with a full schedule booked in so come Monday morning I was off to hopefully get the shots I wanted.

Pardon the many words...time for what I came for.

#1 My 2 subjects on "their" bit of fence.

DSC06519 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#2 Living up to their name

DSC06452 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

First "holy grail" shot that I was after happened early
#3 The toss.

DSC06455_1 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

Eating mainly insects with a hard exoskeleton there's lots of bits they just can't digest so just like Kingfishers they regurgitate pellets from time to time.

#4 Not a pretty sight.

DSC06557 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

That's as much as I managed on day 1, "needing" more some negotiation skills were put to the test. Or rather I "used" the better half's urge to go look through shops without a grumpy old fart in tow (yes, I do even own a T-Shirt saying I'm exactly that and she even bought it for me).
Taking no chances I went loaded for bear Tuesday morning and revised my technique. Tripod, cable release, Hi FPS rather than Mid and prefocus on the bit of fence they most often landed on.

#5 Coming in hot with a butterfly

DSC06719_1 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#6 Toss #2

DSC06722_2 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#7 Another butterfly meets it's doom.

DSC06733_1 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#8 Toss #3

DSC06753 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#9 Turns out butterflies makes for poor facemasks, sneezes go straight through.

DSC06832_1 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

#10 Toss #4

DSC06877 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

Then the phone rang, better half was all shopped out and it was time to call it a day. Likely could of negotiated more time but the urge had been scratched...no telling what another 2 years could do to it!

Parting shot as I left and wished my 2 subject a prosperous nesting season.
#11

DSC06924 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

And for anyone looking back to the old thread, think they are learning. 2 years back they dug their nest right in a busy walking spot..this time around they have started their tunnel inside the caravanpark fencing.

#12 Busy diggin!

DSC06504 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

TFL and pardon the word bomb.

Edited by SnowFella - 19 November 2020 at 08:21
 



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Not bad!

In certain way, I'm little disappointed with the choice of environment (that fence I mean) where these birds appear, but on the other hand I doubt it would be easy to find another suitable location with more natural environment (say a tree branch). But then I haven't even ever seen these colourful birds and that sort of fascinating behaviour with their food.

Also in some pictures I am spotting few spots that could hint that there might be some dustbunnies on the camera sensor.
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Great set, Johan. I especially like the food being tossed, #6.
#9 is remarkable, capturing the spray presumably some of the surface scales from the butterfly's wings?
Like Heikki I think it's a little bit of a pity they are roosting on a wire fence instead of a natural and more aesthetic branch or reed, but maybe some other time....


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Wonderful images, completely understand the 'holy grail' shot thinking, and so cool you got so many. I think toss number 4 is my favourite, the way it almost looks like it's being balanced on the beak - and the eyes both focused on it so closely. Wonderful shots. I guess the only suggestion would be possibly an opportunity to crop a tad tighter in a few cases, possibly even a tight head crop as a nice complement to a wider 'toss' shot too. Great stuff
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2020 at 23:50
Thanks.
And indeed, I do wish they would of perched on anything but that infernal fence! But it's where they elected to perch 99% of the time, apart from when spooked off the fence as a bird of prey flew past.

Could have done what I see more and more birders do, constructed my own "natural" perches and zip-tied them to the fence but to me that's taking things one step to far. To me that whole scenario turns from birding because I enjoy it into only birding for the photos.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote C_N_RED_AGAIN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2020 at 01:10
Great shots. Love the toss. A branch would be better than a fence but I understand the birds donít always participate in our wishes.
 



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These are great! Much more interested in the percher than the perch.
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A wonderful set of this beautifully colored bird.
You managed well here to get so many tossing shots.
I love #10, where the insect seems to balance on the point of the beak.
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