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Life on Water part 2: Black headed Gulls picking Damselflies from water surface

Today was a lovely day with good light, wind turning to NW and bringing in cooler air free som dither.

Got some quite good pictures from these ponds I mentioned in earlier posts. Dragonflies and Damselflies have hatched in huge numbers, some Black headed Gulls taking full advantage and having a nice treat. These are underrated birds, quite agile and swift.

Pictures taken at 75-100 meters distance with the Skywatcher 600mm and the OMD-EM5 @ISO640, 1/1000-1/2000s, using the "Artfilter 11 mode 2" as peak focusing aid. On this particular subject it rendered around 3/4 keepers from focus point of view, after I got used to the strange effect and how to interpret the image. On other subjects with complex background this tool is totally useless.

All pictures are exactly 50% crops.

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#1 Gliding...


#2 Slowing down...


#3 Missed!


#4 Got one!


#5 Got one too!


#6 Check how elegant, he/she barely touched the surface.
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Re: Life on Water part 2: Black headed Gulls picking Damselflies from water surface

Nice , difficult shots at a long range , the meal shows up well in some of your shots. Even as just stand alone BIF shots I like them. Well done.
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Re: Life on Water part 2: Black headed Gulls picking Damselflies from water surface

Thanks, I wish I could come a bit closer but we were separated by water...
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Re: Life on Water part 2: Black headed Gulls picking Damselflies from water surface

These are brilliant. Especially like the first and second one. The last one show a graceful moment. An other proof of how good your setup really is and how well you get along with it.
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