Magpie Lark with Spider

Australian Magpie Lark on a farm gate with a freshly caught spider for lunch.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 21st February 2009, This photo: 10:59am

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  • picsbymac said:
    What a beautiful bird. But you might have known a b+w feathered bird would appeal.
  • Simon Diete said:
    Wow that is a great shot David.
    Well done :-)
  • Out_and_About said:
    Better than getting the pest man in!
    Great shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    And it gets rid of the spiders too :)
    Thanks Simon :)
    Quite so Michelle, although it's a bit disconcerting that it picked this spider up from the grass I was walking on (in thongs). ;-)
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    amazing tight focus. love the balance of the out of focus post.
    i can never get used to the official common name for this bird. everyone calls them pee-wees. i like the older spelling too - pee-wit
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Only good spider is a dead spider :-)
  • Jon McManus said:
    More lens envy here! That is so amazingly sharp and detailed it isn't funny.
  • teejaybee said:
    Go out at night with a head torch and look on the grass - there are literally thousands of spiders there... you can see their purple eye reflection... they are the thing I see the most while out and about at night... doesn't help your thong-wearing-spider-toe-nibbling phobia :P Or, in the day, tip a bucket of water out on the grass and see what pops out :) Nothing really to worry you - wolf spiders will leave a bit of an itchy rash it's just the white tails you need to worry about... i've never come across one though - I think they prefer the southern states.
    Perfect focus on this one... dreaaaaaaaaamy green :)
    (P.S. PEE WEE! :P)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    You are the King. That bokeh is the bees knees, or maybe the spiders ankles in this case.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yes Greg, I always tend to call them Peewees too :)
    Oh I'll leave most spiders alone, providing they're outside. However, once inside (house or car), their days are numbered.
    hehehe Yep - sharp indeed :)
    I'll refrain from thinking about that next time I'm laying on the ground to take an interesting angled shot :P
    It is pretty sweet eh ? :)
  • -Bennie- said:
    awesome clear shot mate... well done! you've nailed the focus...
    I really have to swap my 70-200 f/4.0 for a f/2.8 don't i??? :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Well it does let you use the 1.4x TC at f/4 wide open :)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    sure is :D