April 5, 2014

Bright Eye

Photograph by Joe Motohashi, National Geographic Your Shot

"It was a warm day in spite of being early March, and I went out to photograph birds in Tokyo's Zenpukuji Park," says Your Shot member Joe Motohashi, whose photo was featured in the Daily Dozen. "There was one early blooming cherry tree there. And I found a couple of Japanese white-eyes going to it. It seemed to symbolize the coming of spring."

It was the birds' first banquet of the season, so they were so busy eating nectar that Motohashi was able to approach them. "I tried to catch the quick movement of the bird while being careful about light," he says.

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56 comments
mary ullman
mary ullman

Beautiful.  The composition is like a painting.

Hoai Trung Nguyen
Hoai Trung Nguyen

In my country this bird is called 'ringed-eye' bird. It mainly eats small worms on the leaves. The photo reminds me about my childhood when there were a lot of birds' chirps in the gardens. Thanks for a very nice picture. 

Alison Hughes
Alison Hughes

Such detail in the feathers!  Amazing.  Congratulations on a beautiful study of a little white eye....  they are pretty fast. Alison

Shannon T
Shannon T

This kind of reminds me of those stuffed birds on fake branches my grandmother had. Good shot.

June Shannon
June Shannon

One of the most beautiful photographs I have enjoyed....love the topic with the bird in Springtime blossom.So encouraging. Thank you.

Vicky Karaklani
Vicky Karaklani

amazing photo , what a beautiful bird , the colors are perfect !!

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Great photo technique. Love the sharpness of the bird and the colours.

Scott Merkle
Scott Merkle

Captivating image! Like the depth of focus with the cherry blossoms.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Stunning!        I love the soft lilac color of the blossoms and the wonderful shade of green of the white-eye bird.     Just so perfect.      Hello spring,... finally!

Anastasia G.
Anastasia G.

Very interesting and lucky shot! I love the small flowers as a background, bird's position. Nice contrast of colours. I am sure that this is one of rare photos, with the bird not scared away. Very nice shot. I'm not a good photographer but I like to look at good-shooters' shots. 

Sabeen J.
Sabeen J.

quite appealing composition. very good shot.


Angel Fitzsimmons
Angel Fitzsimmons

I wanted to reach out and touch this adorable bird, your focusing and lighting are so exquisite.  I think that moment in time was just for you, the shutter and God's handiwork.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A truly delicate picture, that says the cycle of life and the seasons continue as Mother nature ordains. And that  there some who are attuned to giving it to us in picture form, to view, and enjoy. Well I love this one,and enjoy iy very much. The small bird is just beautiful, and the tree, ah!!!!  j.e.s.......    

Ros Riggs
Ros Riggs

great photo... and what a little cutie.. the bird...

Manabu Sasaki
Manabu Sasaki

I think the good photography which reminds spring of Japan. 

Aletta Smith
Aletta Smith

Such a beautifull bird I love the colour combination green and pink so soothing to the eyes....

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