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Southern carmine bee-eaters, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia<br />
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Because carmine bee-eaters are fairly skittish if you drift too closely to their colony in the riverbank, I photographed them from a floating blind using a 500mm lens. I waited until they were all in even afternoon light when the river was in steady shade. If you have birds like this in bright sunshine they cast dark shadows and the composition becomes extremely complex for the eye to process. Even light allows the richness of their beautiful colors to shine out.

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Southern carmine bee-eaters, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Because carmine bee-eaters are fairly skittish if you drift too closely to their colony in the riverbank, I photographed them from a floating blind using a 500mm lens. I waited until they were all in even afternoon light when the river was in steady shade. If you have birds like this in bright sunshine they cast dark shadows and the composition becomes extremely complex for the eye to process. Even light allows...
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