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Had a great opportunity...

Had a great opportunity...
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Copyright: Ike Harel (ikeharel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11633 W: 628 N: 21887] (93870)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-06-09
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds, animals and other nature's creatures #2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2018-06-09 1:22
Viewed: 929
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spring is the best time to see those tiny birds again, than return to my "old" theme of birds pictures.
This morning I had excellent opportunity to spot one member of same birds marvelous family hovering and flying around in one of our town garden's.

*** The info. taken from the "Israel birding site":
Cinnyris osea is a sub-specie of the "honeybird" / "Tzofit" in Hebrew, very common bird through spring and summer in Israel.
This is probably a males, which are shining black with green and purple tones. This tiny bird weigh 8 – 10 grams and it is a swift flyer.

Cropped pic. from all sides, a RAW, F5.6, 1/320 sec., ISO 160, focal length 135mm.

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Hello Ike,
The little bird is well placed in the frame and nicely illuminated. The fresh green tones of the foliage make a delightful backdrop. Well observed this photo opportunity and very well realised.

Hello Ike,
Yes, I would call this a great opportunity. Locating such a small and beautiful bird and catching it in a perfectly sharp photo must give a sense of great satisfaction. But seeing it on the tip of that kind of leaf, along with so many identical, long and straight leaves, is just fantastic. The leaves have a great graphical beauty, and then you also have a suitably blurred nice background. It's really a lovely photo.
Kind regards,

Bonjour, cher Ike,
Félicitations pour cette réussite, l'oiseau est parfaitement placé dans la composition.
Il est dans son élément et son bec semble agressif !
Bravo !

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14878 W: 1055 N: 30587] (143157)
  • [2018-06-09 2:57]

Hello Ike,

Good catch of the honey bird resting for a moment on the tip of the spiky plant at left. Excellent sharpness and well framed and composed. I like the shallow dof and terrific sharpness on the bird. Tfs!

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9748 W: 57 N: 16678] (61680)
  • [2018-06-09 3:27]

Hello Ike,
Excellent photo of this small bird, which is probably easily missed, with its long beak. Excellent sharpness, great depth of field and the lighting is fine. The darker foreground creates a nice contrast with the lighter backdrop.

Dobar dan.
Interesantan i lep pogled, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepa ptica i zeleno lisce.
Zelim vam lep dan, srecno.

Good day.
Interesting and beautiful view, good text ...
Beautifully shown, good contrast, beautiful colors, beautifully captured moment.
Beautiful bird and green leaves.
I wish you a nice day, good luck.

Hi Ike,

The vegetation is framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the Palestine sunbird. The light is bringing out the ebauty of the colours. Have a nice day.


Ciao Ike
oltre al simpatico uccello, mi piace la costruzione della foto, con diverse tonalità di verde e qualche tocco blu.

Hello dear Ikeharel and have a nice time
and a happy new Sunday
delicate and pretty
eyecacting and impressive
spring is the best time
to see those birds again
you captured the oment

Hello, Ike!

Great capture of this beautiful little bird, and the different tones of green of the environment are beautiful! The light has been very well managed, and the sharpness is also perfect! Wonderful job!

Ciao Ike, great capture of lovely little bird in nice pose, wonderful metallic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 964 W: 0 N: 1742] (14191)
  • [2018-06-09 12:02]

ike to you good evening and hello..yes,well timed and seen,nicely framed by all this lush green.and so clear! tfs dale

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10356 W: 161 N: 17201] (131029)
  • [2018-06-09 12:59]

Witaj Ike!
Excellent shot, bird is impressive.
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
Well done.
Nice sunday.

Hello Ike,
You had a great opportunity and you took it well. I don't think I have seen a bird on a palm frond before. I like the blurred background.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14510 W: 0 N: 16401] (176235)
  • [2018-06-09 20:38]


Fantastique iamge et vue quel osieau sur ces feuilles de plantes quelle forme fait la plante en évantail et ce vert et noir sueprbe compo et effet.
Bravo et amitié

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10765 W: 146 N: 27099] (129753)
  • [2018-06-10 0:17]

Hello Ike, Fantastic view of this tiny fellow. I would be very happy if I could see him, and I would be very proud of such a sharp portrait.

Kind regards Malgo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12316 W: 126 N: 22223] (113151)
  • [2018-06-10 0:42]

Waaw Ike,this is a very lucky scoop!! Very difficult ot take this bird,i tryied many times in my trips but without a good result. Your pic is excellent and very sharp despite the difficult light,well done! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ike,

The bird does make a strong focal point, well placed in the frame, but I was immediately attracted by the fine layering of the focal layers, creating an excellent sense of depth.
Those pointed f/g leaves make a strong, dark statement against the much lighter green hues, gently blurring into the b/g.
It's lovely!

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

Hello Ike,
Beautiful how you captured the bird while it was sitting on the outer end of one of those long leaves.
It has a remarkable long and slightly curved beak.
Splendid nature picture!
Best regards, Paul

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25077 W: 520 N: 42342] (181384)
  • [2018-06-10 5:44]

Hello Ike,

Birds is real a sign of live.
Where not are a bird, can normally a people not life.
An excellentdetailed view, amazing to look at.
Nice composition and perfect presentation.
Very well done, TFS.

Lovely Sunday,

Shalom Ike,
this is a great and difficult photo, where you've caught, in a sharp and colorful image, this beautiful bird on the branches.
A perfect work about the depth of field offers us a wonderful scene of natural life in the gardens of the city.
An excellent work.
Kind regards,

Shalom Ike,

Um lindo beija-flor você pegou. É muito dificil vê-los assim parados pois eles são muito agitados e rápidos. Excelente uso dos 135 mm!

Parabéns e bom domingo


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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-06-10 12:29]

Hello Ike,
nice the close up view of the beautiful honeybird sitting on the branch of the tree.A good informative note about it as we see it on its natural environment.


Hi Ike,
I remember you presenting this species before. I have never seen in in real life.
I was few years ago into bird photography -it is incredibly challenging but now I quit it since I have limited free time.
This is a brilliant capture. Not only the bird itself is so sharp but you have also captured it in a wonderful natural environment with beautifully blurred background.
Great catch!!

Shalom Ike
Beautiful bird indeed. As I have recently taken up birding (thats why I spend less time here on this site, altimes busy observing in a hide or helping out to ring owls etc)and bird photography, this is of special interest to me. Common to you but exotic to me.
have a great time

Hello, Ike.
You caught the moment when the little bird was perched in those rigid fleshy leaves, curious its long beak, good effect the background with its various greens and blurs, all highlights the bird.
Good management of brightness and sharpness.
Very well done.
All the best and have a good start to the week.

Hi Ike,
Well presented this bird with all this green vegetation all around, perfect sharpness, nice colors, tfs.

Hi Ike,
What a beautiful picture of the hummingbird, which we call "colibri" in French.
It's so perfectly sharp against the blurred background.
The leaves of the plant it's standing on are very elegant. Do you by any chance know what the plant is called by the way ? Could it be an agave plant ?
Congratulations for this capture.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4272 W: 2 N: 7350] (35812)
  • [2018-06-13 16:32]

Hello Ike,
Interesting spring photo with beautiful bird.
Perfectly exposed with superb colours and good sharpness.
Good work, fine presentation

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16196 W: 159 N: 28237] (148514)
  • [2018-06-16 4:11]

Hola Ike
Surprise en ouvrant la vignette de voir le petit oiseau poser sur la branche, bonne netteté et flouté en arrière plan
Belle journée

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2665 W: 0 N: 3150] (21160)
  • [2018-06-16 8:31]
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This is a magnificent capture, my friend Ike, because the little creature stands on the tiny end of the cactus, so it's easily seen over the judiciously-blurred backdrop and most interestingly, pointing its beak in the same direction as the thick leaves for an elegant whole! May the Tzofit bring good lock to you and your family! Shalom

Hello Ike, very good photograph of this interesting composition with the beautiful bird, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good afternoon and happy start of the week.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.

Hello Ike
Photographing birds is always attractive, but also very difficult. Often you do not have the time to set the camera ready for the shot and often the bird has already flown before you're done. But here everything is perfectly in order. The right sharpness where you need it and a beautiful sharpness depth.
A photo to be proud of

Oi, Ike!

Foto excelente! O fundo desfocado ficou especial. As cores estão lindíssimas. A nitidez do pássaro e da planta em que ele se apoia e a luz ficaram perfeitas. Enquadramento bem feito.
Muito bom!

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