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Old 26-06-2011, 18:16   #121
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stunning pics specially that first one>??? is it REAL??? ! :-)
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Old 26-06-2011, 18:48   #122
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Ha, cheers, yeah it's a real life resident of Bridgend of all places. This happy chap is from my garden

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Old 27-06-2011, 02:19   #123
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Lovely!!! Can't see any EXIF info on it though in Flickr, what camera and lens was that with?
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Old 27-06-2011, 06:39   #124
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Ta, it is a 5D MKii with a 100mm Canon Macro lens. I was stood halfway up an almost vertical grass verge trying to get a shot so that was the most unobstructed angle I could get. Will go back now I know where they are
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Old 27-06-2011, 16:27   #125
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Nice, that lens just got bumped up a notch on my shopping list

This is my fav from my hike yesterday:

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Old 27-06-2011, 17:34   #126
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Ha, nice spot
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Old 29-06-2011, 16:00   #127
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that's v good

couple of pics from this morning, very quiet but did find a Spotted Flycatcher + 4 chicks in one of my boxes.

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Old 02-07-2011, 18:47   #128
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Finally get something to add to this thread:

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Great spotted woodpecker (or Steve, as we call him) in our garden this afternoon.

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Old 02-07-2011, 20:52   #129
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I had this debate with my girlfriend, we're fairly sure its a young one, since we used to get another male sparrow hawk showing up in her garden a few years ago that was a lot bigger than this guy. Unless the other one was particualy large we assume this guy is still young..
The plumage means it is definitely an adult male, the lightness of his iris means he's probably in his 1st or 2nd summer (the guy on here who goes bird ringing could probably give you a more accurate ageing), which means he's got a little growing left to do, but not much.
If you saw a much bigger bird it would have to be a female but their plumage is very different to the male.
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What?! Damn, where am I going to get a well cared one now?
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Old 03-07-2011, 13:27   #131
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Reed Warbler

Was overjoyed to chance upon these at close range today. They don't look much but they are a challenge to shoot

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Old 04-07-2011, 06:29   #132
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Wow DY - great work ! That is a special shot, to be sure.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:21   #133
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Some from today.


Incoming Pukeko by robjdickinson, on Flickr


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The plumage means it is definitely an adult male, the lightness of his iris means he's probably in his 1st or 2nd summer (the guy on here who goes bird ringing could probably give you a more accurate ageing)
according to ringer friend you're right about the eye colour, paler yellow/orange = immature bird, in mature birds it's dark orange/red & also develop spots in the iris.

one of the 5 Flycatcher chicks ringed this morning, approx a week old, amazing how fast they grow, will probably be out of the nest by the weekend.

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Thanks for the comment, much appreciated. Talking of which, that is an astounding gull shot Rob - the light and background combine to make a stunner.

I got this whitethroat this morning - was pleased (a) because it was within 10 mins of my house and have not seen them anywhere near this close before and (b) because the background has melted in a very pleasing fashion

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Great set Rob - perfect focus and great dof really makes them pop.
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Anyone have any experience of RSPB Arne in Dorset? I'm thinking of heading that way either this or next weekend on the hunt for Dartford Warblers. Don't really want to do the trek if it's a wild goose (warbler) chase though so would welcome any input.
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July 5th

Enallagma cyathigerum - Common Blue Damselfly.

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Juvenile Robin caught by camera set on ground, in macro mode focussed on the piece of fallen suet. Wireless trigger when bird in place. Was trying to get a shot of one of a pair of dunnocks but they come earlier in the day.

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Some excellent shots on here, love the Common blue damsels and the robin, and the Reed Warbler is gorgeous too - I know how difficult they are to photograph, they like to stay in cover as much as possible and tend to only show themselves briefly!

Haven't been up to much photography recently, too busy with work and too tired for it when I'm not at work! Have been trying to photograph the Blackbirds in my garden though, the female has become very tame and will take food from my hand now and because she's trusting the fledglings are taking a bit of a cue from that and are 'fairly' relaxed if I don't move around too much or try to get too close.

This one was watching out for the Sparrowhawk that's been making smash-and-grab raids:


Close up of one of the youngsters:


Close-up of the female - she'd been worm-hunting:
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