PLEASE VIEW LARGE – Swallow Tailed Bee Eater – Merops hirundineus – I photographed this beautiful bird near Mata Mata, Kgalagadi, Kalahari, Northern Cape, South Africa. Mata Mata is on the Namibian border.
The background is the sun filtering through the gold African grasses forming a natural backlit backdrop.


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My interest in the field of photography began in childhood, starting with film, then a ‘splatter’ of videography and finally the migration to DSLR photography.

I hope you enjoy viewing my interpretation of the Natural World through my lens.

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  • Macky
    Mackyalmost 3 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 3 years ago

    Wow, absolutely great Macky. They are just beautiful, truly a living painting.

  • Thanks very much Maree!!

    – Macky

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    So very beautiful!!

  • Thanks very much dear Elizabeth!!

    – Macky

  • Jill Fisher
    Jill Fisheralmost 3 years ago

    So beautiful and crisp, excellent capture Macky

  • Thanks very much Jill!!

    – Macky

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    9 November 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52almost 3 years ago

    great capture of this stunning little bird Macky.

    Cheers Jude

  • Thanks very much Jude!!

    – Macky

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thanks so much Ann!!

    – Macky

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 3 years ago

    WOW!! what a beautiful bird…I love his coloring!!…Superb capture Macky, wonderful dof!!

  • Thanks very much dear Kate!!

    – Macky

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome capture!

  • Thanks very much Mags!!

    – Macky

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