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Peter Connan

A Reed Cormorant in the early-morning sun

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Tom Kellie

~ @Peter Connan

 

Is it sitting on my writing desk?

 

It's so clear and bright, I half-expect it to turn toward me.

 

The color and texture of the beak — superb!

 

Thank you!

 

Tom K.

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @Tom Kellie. In a way, I wish it was sitting on your desk, but also that if so, it was sitting on a box of kitty litter!

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Tom Kellie

~ @Peter Connan

 

Ha Ha!

 

The 1 year old Pekingese in my house, Yubi, would be frightened by such a sight.

 

Whether he'd bark in challenge, or cower in the sofa, I don't know.

 

He's accustomed to doves at the bird feeder near one of his water dishes.

 

He's certainly no attack dog, nor is there any pointer or spaniel instinct in him.

 

What he's skilled at is running in a tight circle, tail plume moving, showing that he knows something unusual is present.

 

Any bird would be safe with him...but...would he feel safe from a reed cormorant with intensely red eyes?

 

Tom K.

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mvecht

@Peter Connan  Brilliant shot !

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Peter Connan

@Tom Kellie, I am pretty sure all three our little dogs would go absolutely nuts if one came and sat on our desk.

 

@mvecht, thank you very much.

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Tom Kellie

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Outreach
 
 
~ Photographed with a Canon EOS 1D X camera mounted with an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens, hand-held, Shutter Priority shooting mode.
 
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya on 3 October, 2014 at 5:29 pm, ISO 160, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec.
 
 
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Life affects the imagination, whether green with foliage or silvery-grey in death.

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Tom Kellie

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Wading Pachyderm
 
 
~ Photographed with a Canon EOS 1D X camera mounted with an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens, hand-held, Shutter Priority shooting mode.
 
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya on 3 October, 2014 at 5:48 pm, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec.
 
 
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Is simplicity ever truly plain, or does it bring out the deepest essence of beauty?
 

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Tom Kellie

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Ardea melanocephala As Dusk Nears
 
 
~ Photographed with a Canon EOS 1D X camera mounted with an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens, hand-held, Shutter Priority shooting mode.
 
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya on 3 October, 2014 at 6:02 pm, ISO 2500, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec.
 
 
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Curve, color, line. How fortunate to live in an era where such beauty may be seen.
 

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Tom Kellie

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Samburu Elephant Train
 
 
~ Photographed with a Canon EOS 1D X camera mounted with an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens, hand-held, Shutter Priority shooting mode.
 
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya on 4 October, 2014 at 8:26 am, ISO 100, f/3.2, 1/2000 sec.
 
 
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Single file, maintaining a steady pace, the elephant matriarchs guide others across arid land towards water.
 

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Tom Kellie

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Thomson's Falls in Nyahururu, Central Kenya
 
 
~ Photographed with a Canon EOS 1D X camera mounted with a Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZE lens, hand-held, Shutter Priority shooting mode.
 
Nyahururu, Kenya on 4 October, 2014 at 2:49 pm, ISO 100, f/2.5, 1/2000 sec.
 
 
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My first view of Thomson's Falls was wholly unexpected. @Anthony Gitau planned it as a surprise for me.
 

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