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Scissor Tailed Fly Catcher


Posted by MalcolmBenn on Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:29 am

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Another image from Laguna Seca Ranch in south Texas.
I spent about 90 min in early May trying to get flight shots with little success other than nearly getting heat stroke, it was 40C (104 F) in the sun.  I finally gave up and came back into the blind and this beauty perched right in front of us for close to 5 min.

Canon 1D IV
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1/1250 sec
f 11
ISO 800
 

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by Axel Hildebrandt on Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:26 am
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Great setting, BG and I also like the calling pose. Great to have such a cooperative bird.
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by John Spreitzer on Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:14 am
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Beautiful bird and setting! Not a bad consolation prize.
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by Carol Clarke on Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:15 pm
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LSR have such pretty set ups and to get this little beauty posing so sweetly must have made your day! Beautiful image, Malcolm!

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by E.J. Peiker on Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:13 pm
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Another exceptional shot!
 

by peter makuch on Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:03 pm
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I always say no pain no gain and when it happens it really happens, a beauty of a shot MALCOLM.
 

by Jeff Pearl on Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:36 pm
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Nice balance with bird and limb. Great photo!
 

by Karl Egressy on Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:13 pm
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Fantastic image, well deserved EP.
 

by Ed Cordes on Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:59 pm
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Congrats on the EP! Super detail and wonderful background. I really like the way the arch of the branch/perch is mirrored by the bird and its body/tail length. Just outstanding.
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by Swissblad on Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:34 pm
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Beautiful image - pose - composition - BG - perfect.
 

by joem on Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:01 am
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Terrific pose & setting.
 

by david fletcher on Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:52 am
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Fabulous pose and setting Malcolm. Congrats on the EP
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by MalcolmBenn on Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:09 pm
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Thank you so much for the many kind comments and the EP. Although I didn't get the flight shots I was hoping for once these birds showed up I was more than pleased when this particular bird gave us a very exceptional perched opportunity. I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity and I was lucky enough to be using the 5DIV and the 500mm when the bird perched immediately in font of me ... that shot is full frame and had I been using my 1DIV I would had too much reach. Thanks again.
 

by Jan Wegener on Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:07 am
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stunning image!!
 

by Nabamita Ray on Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:31 am
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wow amazing
 

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