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Facebook photo challenge day 5

Day 5 of #challengeonnaturephotography on Facebook.    I thought I'd make this a bird day,  3 different species from 3 different continents.   I said early on in this challenge that we'd also explore numerous sub-themes or genres,  well I guess we might call the chosen image a fast shutter speed,  action shot.    I was crouched low in a canoe on a lake in Assam Province in India,  with the telephoto lens mounted when I managed to get this Purple Gallinule picture.    I left plenty of frame behind the running bird as I wanted to get those water droplets splashing around.    The shutter speed was fast enough to freeze the water droplets but slow enough to show some movement in the wingtips,  a happy compromise.

Purple Gallinule running, Assam Provence, India.
Purple Gallinule running, Assam Provence, India.

Among the images I considered but didn't publish among "the 7" was this Kelp Gull which I observed standing on a rock in South Africa.     Nothing too exotic about this species, and I guess just about everyone's photographed a gull at the beach at some point,   but I liked how it stood out so clearly from the background.     I liked the head angle and the blurred background and had enough time to carefully compose the image using plenty of negative space.

Kelp Gull, Lamberts Bay, South Africa.
Kelp Gull, Lamberts Bay, South Africa.

Finally a lava gull photographed in the Galapagos Islands.  This image was captured on 35mm colour negative film shortly before I transitioned to digital.    I like the "gesture" of the bird as it screeched and squawked,  straining itself to be as loud as possible!

Lava Gull, Galapagos Islands.
Lava Gull, Galapagos Islands.

A reminder that there are heaps more photos in my Galleries!As usual,  all comments, inquiries or suggestions are appreciated.~KD.