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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D3S
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Feb 27, 2012, 6:34:30 PM
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Secretarial Courier by MorkelErasmus Secretarial Courier by MorkelErasmus
Sometimes in nature photography, things just work out perfectly. I stopped to photograph this Secretary Bird in the Kalahari...it was standing in the long grass.

The next moment it took a quick running start and took off flying RIGHT AT ME! I focused, tracked and fired, hoping the depth-of-field would be enough. The light was sweet, and so were the images!

This photo is Copyrighted. Morkel Erasmus Photography. All rights reserved. No unauthorised use allowed.
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Somph Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Hi, beautiful shot and well caught. A bird I've not even seen very often, never mind photographed. I do prefer your image, "The Flying Secretary", though.
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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Yukimi-Kitsune Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Superb shot! I really love the angle, it seems to give a perfect view of everything the bird has to offer. I also really love how the flights are spread like fingers, it makes the bird seem more human. The markings are really lovely, the full range of browns and the yellow around the eyes. I love how the light is shining off its back and wings in this, very impressive. The detail is so remarkable that I can clearly see the texture of its belly, the messiness of the tail and the long, swooping eyelashes. The focused look on the face of the bird and the action in the shot make the whole thing seem quite exciting.
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks for your wonderful comment :)
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Yukimi-Kitsune Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're quite welcome.
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xerotigercat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Fantastic! My favorite bird. It is my animal self
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
:D
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
:wow: Really fantastic! :w00t:
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks!!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave: Your photo has been featured as one of #Bird-Photography's and/or #Birds-Club's top submissions for the month of July. You can visit the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]
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