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Many thanks for the many CC's and kind words about my last flight uploads.
I have a couple more composite images today focussing on the pair bond among waterfowl. Once they have paired they generally stick very close together - even their flight often becomes a balletic duet. I have tried to show this in V! ( Shelduck ) and v3 ( Shovellers ).
Sometimes they are split by circumstances - either the advent of a hunting Peregrine or stormy weather for example. When this happens their whole flight 'body language' seems to become agitated (V2 Wigeon) and their need to return to proximity desperate.
This is often anthropomorphized into the concept of 'love' by us darling, gentle, sophisticated, intelligent peaceful, animal loving humans! (Good grief!!)
Do not be fooled, fellow humans, for genes are chemicals and have simply 'created' this concept to make their desire easier to achieve - and the desire is to replicate. And replicate and replicate and replicate.
Look at our own darling, gentle,(etc) species - there are now seven BILLION of us on the planet and we are doing pretty well at aiming to destroy it for our 'peaceful, intelligent, sophisticated etc,' purposes.
How successful is that?
Hope you enjoy them. A

Brand:FUJIFILM/Nikon/Canon
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
Lens:12.0-24.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:5 Feb 2010 - 5:55 PM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Pairs
Username:accipiter accipiter
Uploaded:8 May 2011 - 7:34 AM
Tags:Pair-bonding. Shelduck. Shoveler. Wigeon. Composite. Digitally manipulated., Wildlife / nature
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franken
franken e2 Member 123136 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2011 - 7:40 AM

Super set here.

Ken

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
8 May 2011 - 8:06 AM

Wonderful images, well done.

len

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2011 - 8:17 AM

An excellent trio - enjoyed all three very much

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lesarnott
lesarnott  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2011 - 8:21 AM

Lovely work!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2011 - 8:59 AM

Superbly presented images, and a very thought-provoking (and true!) write-up. Carol

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8 May 2011 - 9:09 AM

A lovely image Arthur; would make a great wall hanging or mural ...Bill

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pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
8 May 2011 - 9:21 AM

A lovely set Arthur, love the sky in V2.. Peter

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2011 - 10:09 AM

great set simply love V1

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Imagephotographics

Wonderful set of images A - V2 is my fav

Chris

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sparrowhawk
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8 May 2011 - 10:55 AM

superb

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2011 - 11:27 AM

Complete in your informative description and collection-- -- I find it hard to choose between 1 and 2-- ! enjoyed!
Jennnn

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2011 - 11:29 AM

good set and interesting write up.

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2011 - 11:52 AM

Glorious with V1 just making it by the smallest margin possible over V2.

Ann

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fatmod
fatmod  8 England
8 May 2011 - 11:53 AM

superb set love v1

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2011 - 1:45 PM

All superb captures Arthur. Love the light on the wave in V1, and the sky in V2. The birds in all are beautiful. Love them all I guess I'm trying to say............Sandy

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
8 May 2011 - 3:46 PM

Have replicated once, not trying again till I am 60 TongueWinkGrin. These are cracking images Arthur, can't choose between them. Moira

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evelen
evelen  9 England
8 May 2011 - 6:03 PM

another tree great captures, wonderful.
eve.

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Shellio
Shellio  3 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2011 - 7:44 PM

Wow, these are super. V1 is really good.
Shell

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Lillian
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8 May 2011 - 7:56 PM

all three so well digitally manipulated,
but V2 is amazing Arthur
Lillian

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Maiwand
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8 May 2011 - 7:57 PM

Superb capture Arthur and a very interesting narrative.
Ron

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
9 May 2011 - 5:39 AM

V1 and V2 are crackers although v3 looks a bit misplaced in the composition

Peter

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brownsilent
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9 May 2011 - 8:27 AM

Wonderful trio of shots, great timing,
Johanna

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acousticmist
9 May 2011 - 8:44 AM

Three stunning in flight shots, all beautifully captured................Martin

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7124 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 5:15 PM

stunning images

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rontodd
rontodd  5 Northern Ireland
10 May 2011 - 6:30 PM

Lovely picture well caught

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 6:36 PM

Outstanding image ..... double wow !!!!

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kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 8:31 PM

All three are lovely captures

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Petro_Conradie
11 May 2011 - 5:15 PM

SUPER set!
Afrikaans as taal mag dalk vergeet word maar die kultuur verlaat mens nooit nie Wink

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2011 - 5:55 PM

Excellent bird in-flight shots set against great backgrounds. And an interesting narrative, too. Good work all round, Arthur.
Terry

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DanielD  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2011 - 2:28 AM

Fantastic composition - brilliant timing

Daniel

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dmhuynh72
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12 May 2011 - 3:54 AM

perfectly timed shot, really like the sea wave.
regards
Yung

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LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2011 - 8:07 PM

'Three superb{A+} & lovely in-flight captures'>...LEx Wink

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2011 - 10:10 AM

Three beautiful shots, V2 is my favourite, love the sky. As always, enjoy reading your excellent writing up.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
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A thought provoking write up Arthur
Three excellent shots - I'm going against the flow and saying that the colours in the birds are wonderful in v3. They get a little lost in the composition, and I would be tempted to crop from the top and the left much nearer to the gate, so that the eye moves over to the right of the picture
Helen

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2011 - 6:51 AM

Fascinating write up about body language. Agree totally with about us humans. After all as you say just a load of chemicals. We do have the capacity to destroy things though to further and satisy our other desires other than the basic survival instincts of defend and eat. Like the composite images. Great work Arthur. Paul

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 May 2011 - 3:19 PM

Three brilliant shots Arthur Well captured..Lin

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 8:07 PM

V1 is my favourite in this terrifc set, it's both a seascape and a natural history image

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PhillipMinnis
14 Jun 2011 - 6:07 AM

Three wonderful image, Arthur! My favourite is image no.1! Wonderful colours, light and composition! Excellent!


Cheers

Phil

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FWWS1
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24 Jul 2011 - 7:47 AM

Great capture...

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parifoto
parifoto  2 Sweden
31 Oct 2011 - 4:37 AM

Great capt. Amazing to catch the birds like that. V1 becomes a favourite but the other ones are also great

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