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Dec 22, 2009 06:59 |  #1

I have been following bunch of blue banded bees around my front garden trying to get some good shots for the last couple of weeks. Last Saturday during some rain I wandered outside to see them all huddled just outside my front door on a some bare branches. I grabbed a few shots while they escaped the rain under my porch.

Unfortunately there was no foliage to provide a nice background.

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Dec 22, 2009 07:06 |  #2

I was going to say, "interesting that they use their beaks to grip the stems", then I saw that last one. :lol:

Very nice shots, and thanks for the reminder that there still is a warm part of the world. ;)


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Dec 23, 2009 03:13 |  #3

Stunning BBB shots Andrew. I love to shoot these guys, but they almost never stay still for me. Chased one around for 15min last Saturday and ended up with no shots.


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Dec 23, 2009 05:29 as a reply to  @ Greg_C's post |  #4

Thanks Mitch and Greg

Greg - The last couple of nights they have been sleeping on the same branch... and I am only a 10 min drive away :)


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Dec 23, 2009 06:23 |  #5

Fabulous shots of a stunning looking bee.

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Dec 23, 2009 06:32 |  #6

Great captures, is No.3 for real or have you rotated it?




  
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Dec 23, 2009 06:44 as a reply to  @ Mick Emmett's post |  #7

Thanks Linda and Mick

No. 3 is for real - it was like he was levitating. He was getting buzzed by another BBB and I have another shot with his front leg up in the air after fending the other BBB away. They must have quite a powerful lock on that 'beak'. The other bees were further down the branch where it is more vertical which might explain why their bodies are closer to the branch.


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Dec 23, 2009 19:15 |  #8

Fantastic eye detail in #1, but #3 is my fav - great shot!


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Dec 23, 2009 23:46 |  #9

Wonderful series - esp like #1
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Dec 24, 2009 07:37 as a reply to  @ LordV's post |  #10

Thanks Brian and Troy.

#1 has become my wallpaper


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Dec 24, 2009 20:08 |  #11

nice shots mate.
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Dec 24, 2009 21:41 |  #12

They are all great shots. It looks like the bee in #3 was showing off for you! ;)




  
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Dec 24, 2009 23:23 |  #13

Nice shots..esp like #1 too.


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Dec 25, 2009 07:00 |  #14

Cheers for the feedback.

He was a bit of a show off Lyn :D

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If the EXIF if lost in translation it is a borrowed MPe 65mm for the first one the Canon EF 100mm f2.8. for the last two


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Jan 16, 2010 18:29 |  #15

Greg C pointed this thread out to me, wow! Great shots. I was trying to identify what I had burrowing in the ground under the deck?

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=811846


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