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Old 18-03-2005, 15:33   #1
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Missed the Martin Mere meet but great to see all pics. Thought it might be interesting to have a thread just for wildlife. Not posted a pic before so hope this young cormorant shows up, taken at our local pond in S. Devon a few weeks ago. If pic displays ok I'll sort out a few more.
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Old 18-03-2005, 15:45   #2
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This is probably my favourite that I've taken:


or this one:

http://www.standerwick-images.com/al...4/IMG_3436.jpg (I've posted a link rather than the image as its 1000x733 and might be a bit big)
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Old 18-03-2005, 15:55   #3
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Sam, superb one of the moorhen, never seen their courting rituals before. The lighting on the stag sets it off just right.
OK, going to try another, this time a jay.
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And a goldcrest in full mating plumage

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Nice shots John, what setup are you using ?
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Old 18-03-2005, 20:05   #6
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Thanks Tmurphy, they're all Nikon. The cormorant is the Coolpix 8800, the goldcrest a D100 which I've now sold and the Jay on my new baby, the D2X. The SLRs used with the VR 70-200 f2.8. The field mouse here, which has pushed everything beyond the limit really, includes a TC 1.7. Shooting into shadow and heavily cropped so pretty grainy, and focus could be sharper.


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Here's a red kite.

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Very nice CT.

Haven't taken anything this year yet, but rather like this little fella from spring last year

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I like the Moorhen pic, thats great timing. And as for the Red Kite, how can we compete with that. Superb. Well all I saw today was a few Tits


HERE

oh and a black bird


HERE

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Old 18-03-2005, 22:46   #10
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John you've got some great shots there

CT.. I'm begining to suspect you like birds ( may have been you mentioning RSPB last week) I have a soft spot for raptors. where was this taken and have you seen the red kites in york area. Ive only seen them a couple of times on my travels but always soaring way to high for me to snap.

Sam.. superb shot I have never seen them displaying like that

GT that's just cute.( in touch with my girlie side)

hang on It might have been easier to say great shots everybody ..

goat face ( not wanting to leave you out ) there's nothing like our good old song birds ..nice

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How many people read the reasons for editing. Does that make me sad or you My post are humble compared to the others here, thanks for the mention though
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I've been very impressed by all 3 of our images today Goaty. You're really getting the hang of that D70 now. The grey in you canal shot looks like elephant hide, it really does.

Well done with those moorhens Sam - nice action shot. David Attenborough eat your heart out.

I'm an angler so I don't like cormorants John but I do like the goldcrest - was it really that way up ?

I see lots of fluffy chicks like that on the river bank Grey Jackal - they are brainless and don't keep still for long - and most of them seem to die. Too cute.
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Does that make me sad or you
I wouldn't like to say.
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CT, superb detail. How did you get so close? Was this at Gigrin Farm? Never been there but thought the hide was further away. GT aaahhh!!! See every hair/feather. GF very photogenic tit. Here's another, thrush giving it all.

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CT, GT, GF this is doing my head in, im having to double read everything. Nice one John ;-) Isn't GT, GJ?

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Isn't GT, GJ?
I think so

Seeing as this is more of a bird thread than a wildlife in general thread, here's another from the same trip.

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Whats it pointing at :-)
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Yeh I was thinking GT



The red kite was at a bird of prey centre (on the way to Skipton I think). It was free flying and basically flew away. I left the centre to follow it and found it in a tree. It wasn't there for long but I got a few shots off.

Yes John I do like birds. I pass a huge buzzard on the way to work everyday but its perch is too high. Even if I got close to it I would still be left with an arse shot.

I'm creating jpeg contact strips from previously scanned slides as we speak so if I come across anymore birds, I'll post them

What's that one Grey Jackal, it looks mean ?
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Great pics all please give up o th initials it's Way too confusing in a weekend state of soberness.

John I love that Goldcrest is that a native bird to the UK? I think I have some magpies building a nest in my garden and although they are hated by many people I have to say they're quite a magnificent looking creature with good contrast and the iridescent feathers. I'll have to try fro some pics of them but I've only seen them in the tree once or twice I can just see the nets that they have which is a massive mess.
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By the way crouching tiger I ment to ask you at the MMMM where do you live.

The falconry centre is the North Yorkshire Falconry Centre in Giggleswick and I know it well.
I wonder if I should surgest a mini forums meet there and then on to historic skipton
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