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Ntlheki bafazi
Ntlheki bafazi

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Shoot From Behind Your Subject (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Carlswald, Midrand, Johannesburg, RSA
Date: May 31, 2013
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/800s
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2013

Image awarded 3rd Place Prize winner June 2013 Mazda Wildlife Photography
but gets a 'Meh' 5.5833 / 42nd place on DPC:
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The Green Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus) is a large, up to 44 cm long, near-passerine tropical bird native to Africa. It is a member of the family Phoeniculidae, the wood Hoopoes, and was formerly known as the Red-billed Wood Hoopoe. They are common but are constantly on the move and very wary. They have the most fabulous laughter/call and are very sociable birds.

The Zulu's call them "Ntlheki bafazi" because they make such a racket when hunting, searching for bugs. This translates to the "chatter of noisy women" :) I can vouch for that!

Another one from my "difficult to shoot" Wildlife Series. Scant opportunities for me (of this species) since I went digital in 2009. They've been near impossible to photograph unless you are in the exact right place, right time and they don't see you.
I Leopard crawled - behind him to get this shot. This one was hopping about digging in the bark catching insects on my plot. They are often in the shade so a sunlit moment like this is few and far between.

For BiF, they swoop fly, meaning there is a fair amount of vertical up and down movement as they beat their wings and images are also quite difficult to get.

They are my favourite bird of the 900+ species found here in Southern Africa.

RAW NEF-TIFF, EV -1.0, Cropped, cloned out twigs, enhanced contrast and saturation, sharpened, resized, sfw.

Any comment or critique; complimentary or critical are welcome and appreciated. Questions about gear, technique etc. also welcome.

This image is copyrighted 2013 by Harvey Grohmann. Duplication, publication, copying is strictly forbidden and protected by law. To obtain pricing and consent contact me via Photocommission.com

Place: 42 out of 90
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07/03/2013 02:39:51 AM
Nice bird shot its a shame it didn't place higher
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06/10/2013 02:04:48 PM
Such a beautiful bird with pretty colors. Love the lighting and the bokeh.
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06/10/2013 10:39:00 AM
Absoluut wonderbaar. What's wrong with the voters on this site?
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06/10/2013 12:12:18 AM
wow I can see why you were so upset at the beginning, I felt it was in the spirit of the challenge, nicely done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/04/2013 09:09:24 AM
I'm not sure I've seen such a sharp and vivid bird ever on here like this one, WOW!
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