Tonga: East Coast of 'Eua 34 - Tropic Bird

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bdeh on November 1, 2009

Wow Ian what a nice bird and picture. You maybe know that I like it to try to photograph birds. Greetings Berend

Theolfa on November 1, 2009

Wow, that's incredible, Ian! Very nice placement of the white gull against the dark abyss and framed by the rough textured rock. Theolfa

©junebug on November 1, 2009

This is really a fantastic capture, Ian! The bird seems to be flying directly into your camera! It also makes a beautiful contrast against the dark rock! Greetings, Anne

Ian Stehbens on November 1, 2009

Dear Anne, Theolfa and Berend.

Thank you, dear friends. She was riding the breeze that was onshore and therefore uplifting over the high cliffs, but every so often she would return to her cave where I presume she had chicks.

On this occasion only a little patience was required though her movements were more erratic than I expected.

Morning greetings from Tonga,


jeff_msn123 on November 2, 2009

Great capture.

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on November 2, 2009

Thanks Jeff.

I very much enjoyed sitting on the edge of a cliff, partly enclosed in a cavity in the limestone, watching the white-tailed tropic bird playing on the uplifting wind, returning to and leaving its nest in a cave.

Warm greetings,


michael habla on November 2, 2009

a wonderful journey you present us with, Ian !

best regards


Ian Stehbens on November 2, 2009

Hi Michael. It is great to hear from you, even if it is after 1am here. That's a good note to send me to bed. Thanks for the compliment - I will try to write some more story and finish the series soon. Keep your colourful imagery coming and your imagination excited my friend.


M. Italy on November 3, 2009

Perfect capture, really nice action shot Ian...

Greetings, F.M.

M.Kranenborg-Torn on November 3, 2009

Wow, great shot. Greetings from Greetje.

jeff_msn123 on November 3, 2009


If you receive a comment relating to a link about his young cute wife, don't open it. It is a virus. It will harm your computer.

Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on November 4, 2009

Thank you Jeff. Noted!

Ian Stehbens on November 4, 2009

Hello Greetje and FM.

I am delighted that you both appreciate this moment and this creature.

Warmest regards,


gezginruh on November 10, 2009

What an incredible moment dear Ian! GGR

((Ospr3y)) on November 11, 2009

Very nice!

Ian Stehbens on November 11, 2009

Dear and Liam,

It is great that you can share my moment of joy. I wasn't as successful at photographing this bird side on. It has long fine tail feathers.



Silvyp on November 15, 2009

Amazing capture. Great photo. Best Wishes from Brazil. Silvy

Ian Stehbens on November 16, 2009

Dear Silvy,

Thanks for exploring my album and for all your special selections and appreciative comments.

Warmest greetings to Brazil from Australia,

Ian (currently in Tonga, though)

Amelia Royan on November 25, 2009

The bird almost looks as if it is a hole in the cliff that you are looking up into Ian! She even has bird markings on her plumage. What a lovely photo :)

Warm greetings, Amelia

silgab on November 25, 2009

Fantástica parabéns !! gab

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