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    Default Advice on photographing Bee eaters at nest hole?

    Hi all, I have just found a pair of bee eater nest holes and would love to nail that shot of them bursting out of the burrow.
    I have not had a lot to do with this species and I am wondering how close I can get without disturbing them and whether I should be using a hide.
    Any info that you think would help would be much appreciated.

    Cheers, Paul Randall

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    Default Re: Advice on photographing Bee eaters at nest hole?

    Can't comment on Bee-eaters as I've only ever seen 'em on a power line, but if they are anything like the Pardalotes I tried to photograph at their nest hole, then the exit happens very very fast and without warning. A hide may help but be ready to relocate as the light changes during your time there. How is the light? Is the nest in a bright spot? Shutter speed is vital as well as even pre focusing slightly in front of the nest as you probably won't get the chance to focus and shoot before the bird is out of your DOF. Since you have the location it's probably easier to experiment with settings etc over a few visits. Even pre-empt the exit and shoot a burst of shots just in case it comes out during the burst (sort of like shooting lightning where you shoot and hope it happens during the exposure).

    Not too much specific advice but some shooting tips to think about anyway.
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    Default Re: Advice on photographing Bee eaters at nest hole?

    Thanks Lucky, using flash so lighting should not be a problem. Both nests are west facing too so should have good arvo light.

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    Default Re: Advice on photographing Bee eaters at nest hole?

    G'day Paul,

    Shoot Tomol a PM about this, he photographed some Bee-eaters at their nesting hole a few months ago and was kind enough to show me his nesting location when I met him about a month ago.

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