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Old 19-05-2010, 07:22   #1061
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Excellent shots - I've only seen these once and they flew away before I could get my camera out.
cheers, 3 pairs are back at old nest sites which is the most I've seen for a long time, but most years they don't all stay after arriving, going to have another go but with a tripod this time.

have seen a noticeable decline here, 10+ years ago I could find 6 nests within a few hundred yards of my house, now it's down to 1 or 2.

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Old 19-05-2010, 19:59   #1062
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Sad that they've declined but great that you still have some.

Wild Garlic in my garden, photographed earlier this evening:

Wild Garlic

I had to be careful taking it where I put my hand as the hedgehogs have used that spot as a bit of a latrine! A palm covered in hedgehog poo wouldn't be fun.
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Old 20-05-2010, 08:42   #1063
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This is my fave - interesting angle, and nicely cropped/framed.

Generally, I think wildlife photographers have a really tough time of things - the main problem being that the BBC/Natgeo dedicate a whole team a full calendar year to make a 30min nature documentary. This pushes expectations through the roof, and any animal shot is 'competing' with a 1000 or more images we all have in our heads from the world's finest photographers & videographers over the years.

And there's only so much you can do creatively whilst photographing animals - just getting a single usable shot from the unfriendly conditions in the field is pretty much a triumph on its own !
I agree with you about the expectations difficulty in matching professional photographers. That photo was one of my favourites.
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It really can be both and inspiring and also a disheartening area of photography! When you see the standard of some of the work out there it can make you both gasp in amazement and want to chuck away your camera! It depends what your aims are though - if you want to compete with the big boys you have to pay out for the expensive kit and put in serious time and effort to get the shot, but I think that if you're interested in wildlife there's as much pleasure to be had from getting pretty fair shots with more modest equipment, especially if you can show some interesting behaviour - courtship or feeding for example.

I look at my photos as much as reminders of wildlife encounters as a photographic exercise, which is why I take a lot of technically rubbish shots amongst the odd decent one.
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I know my cheap lens wont let me get the shots I would really like, must start saving for a Bigma

but I still enjoy using it.

not a good shot, was very dark and I didn't want to linger/get too close, noticed some activity around a Tree-creeper box I put up years ago and eventually a Coal Tit arrived with lunch, have a lot of different boxes up at work but this is the first time I've seen them using one.


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Old 21-05-2010, 08:48   #1066
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this was inside the bin all the bird food is kept in this morning, bin has smooth sides and a very tight fitting clamped lid, no holes in the bin

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Old 21-05-2010, 09:18   #1067
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Was it squeaking the music from Mission Impossible? Nice little Wood Mouse RCW, I have one in my garden that cleans up the fallen seed.

Collared Dove sitting on my fence waiting for some food:

In profile

and the Blackbird was hanging about looking for a handout too:

The 'over the shoulder' look

One of the grumpy House Sparrow babies on my fence:

Why so blue?
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Old 21-05-2010, 12:06   #1068
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Loving all the shots folks. All too good for me to keep making bland statements about!

Keep them coming please.
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Another Female Linnet today.



Canon 7D & Bigma.

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Lovely view of the Linnet, I've never got that close to them!

My first Damselfly of the year, a female Common Blue:

They're back!

House Sparrow hunting insects in a riverside willow:

Willow warrior
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Lovely shots guys. Spent yesterday trying to get some pics of the Blue Tit coming and going from the nestbox in the garden. Assuming he/she is in and out feeding his mate as we're not hearing any sign of chicks, but it is in and out every couple of minutes.

Got a couple of him entering/peeking out, then one of him mid flight as he left that looked like it had potential on the camera screen, but wasn't great once on the PC

I'll try and post the results tonight.
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A Little owl trying to blend into his surroundings

Little Owl
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Some great photo's on here. I've yet to see a little owl, great capture.

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Old 24-05-2010, 12:48   #1074
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Was it squeaking the music from Mission Impossible? Nice little Wood Mouse RCW, I have one in my garden that cleans up the fallen seed.
Nice shots Fozzy, I'm sure you mentioned somewhere what lens you were using.

What makes you think this is a wood mouse BTW. I see nothing but House Mouse in his lineage.
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The brownish colour, white feet and large eyes/ears suggested wood mouse but I would readily admit I'm far from an expert on them!

I used the Nikon 70-300VR on my D300 for those last shots, am trying to get to grips with my Sigma 150-500 though, it's been mostly sitting in the cupboard since I bought it as I found it very hit and miss in use but I really want to learn to get the most from it after paying a lot of cash for it. Plus it could be a useful lens - I took this cropped photo of a sunbathing baby Dunnock with it on Saturday after some practice:

My brilliant disguise

It won't replace my 70-300, that's just a perfect walkabout lens for me even if it is a bit short, but for some subjects the Sigma would be great, especially in a hide looking out on distant water birds.
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A Little owl trying to blend into his surroundings

Little Owl
Very jealous! I know they're seen around my local area but I've never seen one and would really love to... especially as my brother has seen them quite a bit around Ipswich!
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Little Owl
Lovely! Where did you spot this little guy?!
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Old 24-05-2010, 21:55   #1078
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Thanks, he's on Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire. There are at least two pairs on the island.
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Old 24-05-2010, 22:10   #1079
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We had one in a tree in our back garden last year. Managed to grab the camera and get a shot after it had flow onto next door's fence. It was quite dark at the time!

Almost as good as yours eh DY?
Seriously though, that is a superb picture sir.


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Cheers, but I'd rather have one in my garden. Some great photos here lately, particularly the Linnet and the Wild Garlic
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