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The Bird & The Cricket


Posted by Ron Day on Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:41 pm

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This spring I was photographing bluebirds in flight, and felt fortunate to capture this one with a perfectly visible cricket in its beak. Yes, I wish the tail wasn't clipped, but wanted to post it because it is something different. I was shooting in low light at a shutter speed slower than optimum. This really needs to viewed in shadow box, so please click on image to view it full size. Thank you.

Nikon D500, Nikkor 500mm + 1.7x, f/6.7 @ 1/1000, ISO 800, Gitzo Tripod & Wimberley Head II.

 


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by Eduardo on Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:56 pm
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Sweet composition, terrific behavior captured!
 

by RichardMittleman/Gon2Foto on Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:11 pm
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No need to apologize for the clipped tail. The image is spectacular as is
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by TerryWSmith on Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:48 pm
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Regardless of the tail you nailed the main point of the image. Great job Ron.

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by David Salem on Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:33 pm
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One of my favorite subjects and you did a great job getting the most important part sharp, the head.
Nice detail and BG too. Ya, I wish it wasnt clipped but still looks good. BTW this looks like a species of cricket to me?
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by Ron Day on Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:54 pm
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David Salem wrote:
One of my favorite subjects and you did a great job getting the most important part sharp, the head.
Nice detail and BG too. Ya, I wish it wasnt clipped but still looks good. BTW this looks like a species of cricket to me?

Thanks for the identification of the cricket, David. With stripes on the abdomen, I just assumed it was a bee. I have amended the title accordingly.
 

by Debapratim Saha on Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:28 pm
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Fantastic head on hunting aerial action captured Ron,excellent image.
 

by john on Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:52 pm
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Nice.  Great eye contact and sharp bug and nice downward pump of the wings.  good one
 

by somdebbiswas on Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:07 am
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Great action shot. wowwww!!!!!
 

by Mako_Elite on Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:38 am
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Very nice capture. I actually like the slower shutter speeds, creates a nice wing blur.
 

by Axel Hildebrandt on Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:27 am
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Cool pose and head turn and the cricket makes it even better!
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by LynnS on Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:21 pm
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Ron, awesome face and cricket detail when viewed large, exactly where it counts!  Really enjoyed the unusual angle of view with the 'in the moment' action, has a spontaneous, stream of consciousness feel to it.
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by Denis55 on Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:35 pm
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Great capture Ron,and sharp where it counts!
 

by rbrown10 on Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:01 am
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Great capture. The clipped tail doesn't bother me, since my eye is drawn to the cricket and the eye of the bird.
 

by Carol Clarke on Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:08 pm
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Love it!  Love it!  Well done Ron!  8)
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by Ron Day on Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:36 pm
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Thanks, everyone, for the kind words, and thanks to Naturescapes for the EP.
 

by Antino_Cervigni on Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:15 am
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by Karl Egressy on Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:30 pm
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Amazing!!! Congratulations on the well deserved EP. Ron.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:37 pm
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This is wonderful Ron! Big congrats on ED- so well deserved. Love shots like this with something dramatic to say.
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by Sandy R on Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:29 pm
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Great catch! Tack-sharp head, eye, and cricket overcomes the motion blur.
Very fine work! congrats on the EP!
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