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Eye to eye

By fotobee  
Paarl bird sanctuary. A close up taken of a Grey Headed Gull (Larus cirrocephalus) doing a low pass over me, checking me for a possible nest robber. I liked the eye to eye contact that he held, until he passed right overhead, at a very low altitude. The air was breathlessly calm, so he was under power, as can be seen by his powerful wingbeat. The encounter lasted mere seconds. I have increased the focussing accuracy for bird photography by decreasing the circle diameter to 8 mm, from 13 mm and the focus is near instantaneous, with no hunting at all. I have fixed the centre point as the focus area.

Have a good Tuesday, and a very good week. Go well, and many thanks for looking.


Tags: Wildlife and nature Grey Headed Gull

Voters: jinstone, terryxc, mikejmb and 26 more

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terryxc 8 7 England
26 May 2015 4:21AM
Great capture...

CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
26 May 2015 5:59AM
An excellent capture, Martin.
Mike_Young Plus
14 27 12 United Kingdom
26 May 2015 6:52AM
Great POV, nice and sharp too, given the conditions, like this very much Smile
netta1234 8 382 2 Wales
26 May 2015 8:22AM
This is FantasticSmile
PhilT2 Plus
10 531 31 England
26 May 2015 8:27AM
Impressive eye contact Martin.........your reduction in focus diameter seems to have had great effect.
Natureale 6 76 Slovenia
26 May 2015 9:28AM
Cool indeed!
A wonderful capture indeed with that eye contact. Well done Martin.
Bantu 7 7 1 India
26 May 2015 9:51AM
Martin superb not an easy one.

Love the way he fills the frame and the eye contact, not an easy shot.
26 May 2015 10:36AM
An excellent in flight image , Martin --- Jukka.
Rev2 10 302 2 England
26 May 2015 10:39AM
Perfectly focussed, processed and presented. Call me odd but I love gulls, well done Martin.
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
26 May 2015 10:51AM
One could not possibly ask for a better point of view.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
26 May 2015 4:56PM
Superb Martin. Impressive.
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1719 England
26 May 2015 6:22PM
Alternative title - 'Incoming!'
26 May 2015 11:22PM
what a beautiful bird, great colours and detail. superb photography excellent capture, SmileSmileSmileSmile
MaryFaith 6 59 New Zealand
27 May 2015 1:57AM
Wow - a wonderful POV Martin - super focus!!


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