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The other day I set up my makeshift hide in the middle of a bog adjacent to a small brackish pond. On this occasion I was intent on snapping a kingfisher that I had observed visiting the pond regularly whilst I watched from some distance away. My hide comprises a folding picnic chair and a large piece of green camouflaged net curtain which I drape over myself. There is a slit cut into the curtain through which my lens pokes out.

This Heath Robinson hide works remarkably well. The birds donít seem to see me. Sometimes I see them! People often pass by, remarkably close. They donít appear to see me either. Either that or they have seen me and are discreetly ignoring the strange man sat in the middle of nowhere under a net curtain. Sometimes I get some pictures, the mozzies get a good meal and everyone goes home happy.

I set myself up and sat and waited. After three and a half hours my legs had gone to sleep and the legs of my chair were starting to sink. I was just about to pack up and seek refuge elsewhere when this little chap swam past. The least I could do was take his picture. He is a juvenile moorhen and hasnít got his bright red beak yet.

Alas, like me you will have to wait for the elusive kingfisher.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Gerry

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Can you see me?
Username:Gerryrys Gerryrys
Uploaded:21 Sep 2012 - 9:20 AM
Tags:Moorhen, Wildlife / nature
Votes:40

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43500 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom104 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 9:29 AM

A rather nice narrative, supported beautifully by this gorgeous image. Pin sharp focusing, wonderful warming light, and an extremely crisp and well defined reflection.

Regards Nathan

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41077 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 10:10 AM

Love the write up GrinGrin and a good image at the end of the day.

Dave

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 - 10:57 AM

Ah, yes. The story behind the pictures. Smile
A charming image.

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WesternRed
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21 Sep 2012 - 11:09 AM

A lovely capture especially the eye with a magic reflection.
Well done. WesternRed.

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footloose
footloose  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 11:10 AM

Worth the wait, nice one.

Dennis

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
21 Sep 2012 - 11:10 AM

My legs could go to sleep for this shot any day, very nice and great reflection love it,regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 11:13 AM

Hahahahhahahaaa....................... So funnyGrinGrinGrinGrin
Great image tooGrin
Diane

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21 Sep 2012 - 11:30 AM

Excellent shot
mike

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10476 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 12:06 PM

A cracking write up and an ever crackier image with that reflection sharper than a lot of my images.

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 12:20 PM

Cracking image as we have come to expect from youWink I was fascinated by the the description and was glad your perseverance and improvisation paid offSmile I hope you find your KF soon GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan

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Brian65
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21 Sep 2012 - 1:19 PM

Great shot Gerry.
Brian

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aniamoore
aniamoore  2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 - 2:38 PM

Yes, I canTongueTongueTongueTongueTongue!!!!!!! Beautiful reflection I must say, Gerry!!!!!!!! AniaWink

Last Modified By aniamoore at 21 Sep 2012 - 2:38 PM

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CaroleS
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21 Sep 2012 - 3:16 PM

Great shotSmile
Carole

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jasonrwl
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21 Sep 2012 - 5:58 PM

Admire your patience Gerry Grin
Jason

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cleg
cleg  5 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 - 7:35 PM

Good shot Gerry
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WindowonWildlife
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21 Sep 2012 - 7:49 PM

Cracking image mate and well done on the HC yesterday Smile

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21 Sep 2012 - 7:59 PM

Superb and sharp capture here, excellent work Gerry.
Gary

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21 Sep 2012 - 8:03 PM

Excellent image Gerry. Superb reflection.

Jane

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22 Sep 2012 - 5:32 PM

Excellent capture Gerry, nice reflection,
Fred.

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ChristineD
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22 Sep 2012 - 9:05 PM

A lovely capture, great write up

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2012 - 11:39 PM

Very nicely captured with a great reflection. Like your write-up too. Smile

Lavina

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23 Sep 2012 - 3:11 PM

Super shot Gerry, love the refection and enjoyed your write up too,
Geoff.

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23 Sep 2012 - 7:07 PM

Such a long wait for you, but you obviously found it worthwhile, love the reflection.

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paskinmj
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23 Sep 2012 - 8:27 PM

Great shot. Love the reflection.
Matt

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 10:15 PM

your hide sounds a lot like my garden hide. Consists of a French army mozzie net and an old garden brollie.
And here is a great reward for your patience.
I think I will upgrade my hide this winter with a picnic chair Smile

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