Hungry Angel

Hungry Angel

The beautiful European Bee-Eaters are angels from heaven for me. Their incredibly beauty, gracefulness and finesse are hard to beat. They're also very hungry - constantly catching flying insects in the air (that's quite a feat - if you ever tried grabbing a housefly in mid-air you can definitely relate to that).

In this photo we see a Bee-Eater taking off with an insect at the tip of its beak, with the full glory of its body and wings showing. A true work of art.

What do I like about this photo? The pose is incredible, as are the colors. There's a huge amount of details here - I recommend enlarging the photo to observe them. I used a fast shutter speed (1/2500 of a second) to freeze the action, so the moving wings are sharp. I used an open aperture (f/6.3 - the most open my lens supports at the focal length of 400mm that I used) to have a shallow depth of field, so the bird is in focus but the background is blurred.

What would I want to improve? The background is noisy - I would prefer a cleaner one. Perhaps a more open aperture would have helped.