The early bird catches the ummm ant ?

Golden-headed Cistacola.

Cistacola exilis.

Hills Rd, Cedar Creek, Qld.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 13th August 2009, This photo: 9:19am

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  • Jayanth M said:
    hey lovely shot man... beautiful composition..
    i like it
  • accesser said:
    I'm liking the light on its beak really makes you look at the fact he has an ant.
  • James Lagden said:
    Beautiful background Dave. I'm undecided if the grass head in the bottom left adds to the image or distracts.
  • mitchell burns said:
    nice!, do you use flash in you bird shots... for fill in or to get a catch light in the eye?
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Thanks to the Sun as my backlight ;-)
    Yeah, not sure whether to clone it out or not.
    Sometimes yes. Depends on the bird and the lighting conditions and the background. A flash in heavy foliage tends to look fairly crap (ugly shadows), but used in the open it fills shadows on the birds, adds a catchlight and because there's nothing close behind, no ugly shadows.
  • Cass n Dan said:
    Ohhhhhhhhh Nice one :P
  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    Love that background!
  • Olish' said:
    Nothing more to say... nice shot, compo, light, subject... Bravo !
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Nic, 400mm, nothing more to say ;-)
  • SkattyKat said:
    timing ... Great capture David - I love the background too :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep, timing is everything. :)
  • robertahynes said:
    Great capture.The bird too! : )
  • David de Groot said:
  • Ross_M said:
    nice one Dave
    For my tuppence worth I would clone out the grass head
  • David de Groot said:
    Probably a good plan really. It's cropped already, so I probably won't put it up for sale but if anyone wants to licence it I'll clone out the grass head for them. ;-)