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I know not everyone will like this.

It is the final shot in a progression that I have uploaded over the last 10 months. This is the point where you start to worry about being pecked - OK not too much as the bird looks closer than it actually is when you view through a 300mm. However, when the person the bird likes to head for generally decides to move behind you at this stage you soon learn that now is a good time to move out of the way!

A truly superb photographic experience and if I was never able to repeat it, I would still remember that call and rush of adrenaline as it approached. The snow was just a bonus.

May find one more image to upload before the end of 2010. It has been suggested that it should be a red squirrel - hmm, you never know Grin

Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Capercaillie
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:28 Dec 2010 - 5:08 PM
Tags:Capercaiilie, March 2009, Snow, Tetrao urogallus, Wildlife / nature
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jeb2012
jeb2012 e2 Member 5jeb2012 vcard United Kingdom
28 Dec 2010 - 5:11 PM

Excellent shot well done

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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 559 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 5:12 PM

very nice Smile
Lee

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Gezina
Gezina e2 Member 8Gezina vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 5:19 PM

Magnificent shot - we get the same adrenaline rush with grumpy buffalo's and charging elephants Wink Ina

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 5:32 PM

Superb image Cheryl, you certainly have had a great year all the very best for 2011. Ron.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96185 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 5:44 PM

must have been a privilege to be there, never mind the togging.

Adrian

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 6:14 PM

Thanks all.

Definitely one of those moments that just watching would have been a true privilege. The fact it was in the UK is a double bonus.

Whatever happened to Fish101 Wink I always thought that sounded like a course in being a fish or a fish you did not want to meet Wink Grin

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carbonbianchi
carbonbianchi e2 Member 844 forum postscarbonbianchi vcard United Kingdom
28 Dec 2010 - 6:21 PM

Super, super shot of a lovely bird that we should be proud to have in the UK.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 6:29 PM

A brilliant shot Cheryl, I don't think i've seen a pic of one on this site before. The detail and clarity in the plumage is most impressive

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 6:50 PM

You need to check out about 8 months back in my portfolio then Edmund Wink. You can see the earlier shots in this sequence.

Thanks all.

Some plans for both water drops and wildlife for 2011. First though I need to finish off 2010 work!

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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 559 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 6:53 PM

Fish101 is no more, LOL, A new day has dawned Wink
Lee

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 9176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 7:09 PM

Cracking image Cheryl
Steve

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96185 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 7:11 PM


Quote: You need to check out about 8 months back in my portfolio then Edmund .

I can only apologise for my errant nephew Smile

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 7:55 PM

You should try Stags Cheryl Smile
I like this and even a hint of breath. Great capture
Richard

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 6279 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2010 - 11:55 PM

Cracking Image

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2010 - 5:51 AM

A lovely bird and capture.

Happy New Year
Yung

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Gray_ina
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29 Dec 2010 - 8:15 AM

Hi , this is superb , only ever seen them once regards gray.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2010 - 10:44 AM

Thanks all.

Yet again Stags were not a possibility with work commitments. Maybe next year, but I think time off could be even harder to come by with the current economic climate. Especially after I have four weeks in Scotland before the end of July in two separate blocks of two weeks Grin

Still who knows what 2011 will bring. I would like to dedicate more time to photography but the IT career is what pays the bills!

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