Rainbow Bee-eater by nadine henley

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Taken at Carine wetlands (north of Perth, Western Australia) – they are stopping by on their migratory path and part of the park has been fenced off to give them some peace.

I learned from this shoot and a less successful one previously that the camera needs to be set to +3 exposure to capture sufficient colour against the white sky.

Nikon D700, 500mm lens (has to be returned tomorrow sadly), ISO 2000, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, +3.3 step, tripod.


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. Feeling satisfied with a new photograph … that makes it a good day.

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 2 years ago

    wonderful capture

  • thanks so much, tina! It was lovely to find some of these birds in our own area of Perth

    – nadine henley

  • VoluntaryRanger
    VoluntaryRangerover 2 years ago

    That’s a beauty Nadine.Lovely bird.

  • Thanks so much, jamie! Happy New Year to you!

    – nadine henley

  • Naia
    Naiaover 2 years ago

    well done to capture one of these brilliant and flighty birds!
    they have a unique call otherwise sometimes they are missed,
    great photo Nadine

  • Thanks so much, naia – I was thrilled to see one, let alone manage to capture one.

    – nadine henley

  • Ingz
    Ingzover 2 years ago

    beautiful Nadine! xxx

  • thanks so much, ingz!

    – nadine henley

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    Beautiful! Another new one for me!

  • Aren’t trhey gorgeous?! very small and they fly so fast – I was thrilled to see them locally

    – nadine henley

    JUSTARTover 2 years ago

    great shot
    beautiful bird

  • thanks sylvia!

    – nadine henley

  • rosedew
    rosedewover 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured Nadine!

  • thanks so much, rose!

    – nadine henley

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • Thnaks so much, trish

    – nadine henley

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture. Very lovely treatment.

  • thanks bunny – good to meet you!

    – nadine henley

  • JanT
    JanTover 2 years ago

    Such vivid hues amaze (and delight) me, Nadine. And I love the way you composed this. I wonder why birds in your part of the world look so colorful? Perhaps birds up north need to blend with mudflats and snow… (fav)

  • thanks so much, jan – I should have added a link – here They are only 19-24cm and fly incredibly fast. Mostly you just catch a glimpse of irridescent colour. But this lil fella was very cooperative and waiting there until I got The Lens into the right position. So glad this one delighted you! Lens goes back today :(

    – nadine henley

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