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Old 27-06-2006, 19:49   #121
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yep, its a merganser from John's pic, which I don't think I've ever seen around these parts (not on my travels come to think of it!)
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Old 27-06-2006, 20:10   #122
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OK, not a briliant photo, but my first real wild bird shot, apart from the ones in my back garden. Came out very under-exposed, and is very nearly a 100% crop. (I need more length )

Chaffinch?

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Old 27-06-2006, 20:46   #123
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The grey sky actually works with this photo and I like the was the leaves frame the bird.
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Nice male Chaffinch.

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Old 28-06-2006, 07:32   #125
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That looks good to me, especially as its close to a 100% crop, the only thing if I'm being ultra critical is that such an aggressive crop has brought up a bit of noise.
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Old 28-06-2006, 10:40   #126
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Revisited one of my photos from a couple of weeks ago.
Do you think not getting the whole bird in spoils the photo?

Harris hawk (again!!) ...
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Personally i dont think it spoils the photo at all. If you could tone down the left hand side of the beak (looking at the photo) it would be better as it look overexposed on my screen
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Old 28-06-2006, 11:10   #128
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Thanks for the feedback.
Yes, agreed about the beak. Not sure if there is anything there to rescue though Looks completely blown. Will check the original tonight.

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Old 28-06-2006, 15:04   #129
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Old 28-06-2006, 16:06   #131
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They look like some form of merganser with their shape of bill. Where were they taken?John
Thanks John and all was on the river Dove near Ilam. The mother thinks it's not one of those now she's looked in her bird book. Looks to be a Gossander

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Old 28-06-2006, 21:47   #132
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Couldn't resist a shot of these youngsters and there mum, even if I only had my 17-40mm with me.

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Spotted this country pigeon this morning. Apparently it had a nest of 11 chicks close by but I didn't like to disturb them.


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Spotted this country pigeon this morning. Apparently it had a nest of 11 chicks close by but I didn't like to disturb them.


I think you'll find this is a French Partridge
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Nice mallard and french partridge shots wseed.

I took these shots of a pied wagtail in the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral this morning. I lay down on the edge of the grass to get the low angle and got mucky marks all over my new clothes. At least I got some reasonable shots of one of my favourite birds. He/she was hunting for insects and kept running all over the place, but fortunately stayed mostly in sunlit areas - presumably to see the insects better.

Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail II

Pied Wagtail III

Nikon D50, Nikon 300mm f/4 AF, RAW processed in Nikon View and Paint Shop Pro 9.

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Old 01-07-2006, 19:50   #137
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Very Nice Fozzy ... I particularly liek the last one - it looks very regal
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Heron & Cock Pheasant

A couple from yester day



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That cock pheasant is nice ... great colours.
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That pheasant looks like he's wearing a necklace!

Here's a snap of a couple of ducklings, taken with my Tamron 90mm macro lens (on Nikon D50) this morning:

Duckling on concrete

I didn't take my telephoto with me today, I just used the macro lens and shot mostly tree bark and plants.
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