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comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Dec 2016, 03:37
Great great capture, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray
  • Martine
  • France
  • 21 Dec 2016, 03:56
Jolie prise, bravo !
Louis: Merci beaucoup, Martine
Good one Louis.
Louis: Thank you Frank.
Amazing shot, Louis!!!
Louis: It required some anticipation. Thank you Elizabeth.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 21 Dec 2016, 06:22
I am really impressed, Louis!
Louis: Thank you Lisl
excellent shot, Louis. i like the barrel view focussing the attention straight on the beetle.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. The barrel view is courtesy of a lighting effects filter in Photoshop Elements.
Oh, wow, Louis. Caught in the act!
Louis: Thanks Ginnie, yes, the cow pat was a take-off strip.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Dec 2016, 06:40
Well caught there Louis!
Louis: Thank you Chris.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Dec 2016, 07:37
It might be happy!
Louis: Een finale verlossing van de koeie mest? Dat lust hij zo graag smile
Gosh that looks a hard slog Louis.
Louis: A bit of overload getting airborne, yes.
Great!! You don't often see a beetle fly let alone get a picture
Louis: When driving in Botswana they often hit the windscreen, with a mighty smack.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Dec 2016, 09:47
Well I've learned something today - I didn't know they could fly.

Super photo.
Louis: Oh yes, they do that and will leave quite a spot on the car's windscreen.
Thanks blackdog.
My goodness what an amazing shot!
Louis: Thank you Mary, it required some patience.
That's certainly something I've never seen before.
Louis: Because of their chunky build and size, there is not a lot of aerial maneuvering in flight.
you did good capturing its wings Louis....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Dec 2016, 20:11
I think there are not many people who ever saw a flying dung beetle, I normally see them 'rolling dung'... fabulous shot.
Louis: When driving in Botswana they often hit the windscreen, with a mighty smack.
Thank you Astrid.
Fine capture, Louis - I don't think one sees them flying often!
Louis: Maybe not in Europe, but they do a lot of ungracious flights here in southern Africa. Thanks Tom.
Not the world's prettiest creature...

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