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A spoonbill that visited Slimbridge Wetlands Centre for a few days last week in the process of catching a fish on the tack piece area of the reserve. I guess this one will qualify for Simon Fletcher's long running lunch series. This shot was taken on Friday morning, unfortunately the spoonbill did not come close to any of the hides, so the best I could manage was long range efforts such as this. I went back to the Wetlands Centre yesterday as the weather was set fair, but the spoonbill had already departed for pastures new so I did not manage any more shots. I did meet epzer Derek Lees, "DerekL" though, albeit briefly, I'm sure he'll be treating us all to some shots of the cranes that are nesting close to the Martin Smith Hide in the coming daysWink It's back to work again today after a short break so I'll endeavour to catch up with what you've all been up to recently when time permits. A combination of work, jobs to do at home and the recent good weather has meant that time spent on here has been rather limited recently.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:150.0 - 500.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 235.9 - 786.4 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 May 2014 - 9:47 AM
Focal Length:500mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual Temperature (Kelvin)
Title:Spoonbill with fish
Username:Glostopcat Glostopcat
Uploaded:7 May 2014 - 7:10 AM
Tags:Glos, Slimbridge, Spoonbill, Wildfowl & wetlands trust, Wildlife / nature
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33150 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2014 - 7:26 AM

Two great captures...

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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M_squared
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7 May 2014 - 7:39 AM

Well captured.

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Nikonuser1
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7 May 2014 - 7:43 AM

Nice captureSmile

Cliff

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
7 May 2014 - 7:45 AM

excellent capture !

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SimonFletch
SimonFletch e2 Member SimonFletch vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2014 - 7:47 AM

SmileSmileSmile Wow, Ed, that's most definitely a 'Lunch' and a half shot...!!! SmileSmileSmile
Excellent timing here. Spoonbills don't normally 'share' their catches like this.

Simon

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JohnoP
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7 May 2014 - 8:06 AM

Fantastic capture with the fish Ed! Smile John

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Ted447
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7 May 2014 - 8:17 AM

Great image well done. Ted. GrinGrin

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EMJAYCEE
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7 May 2014 - 8:22 AM

You certainly spooned this one very nicely Ed.
Joan.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2014 - 8:32 AM

Superb timing, Ed Smile Carol

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Maiwand
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7 May 2014 - 9:15 AM

Stunning capture Ed. A great shot well timed.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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Drighlynne
Drighlynne e2 Member 349 forum postsDrighlynne vcard United Kingdom
7 May 2014 - 9:26 AM

Well captured Ed, the sort of photo that every wildlife photographer wants.
Lynne

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rontear
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7 May 2014 - 10:16 AM

Moment caught !! Ed.
Ron

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9101 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2014 - 10:17 AM

Great shot of a rarely seen bird in the UK Ed.
I was a bit disappointed not to see it yesterday, but came away with loads of others.
Nice to meet you at last!

Derek

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Mollycat
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7 May 2014 - 10:19 AM

Think you both should be congratulated on this catch Ed. Well done.
Peter.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2014 - 11:19 AM

This plump fellow looks like he doesn't often miss out on lunch!
Well captured from afar Ed.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

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Daisymaye
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7 May 2014 - 12:40 PM

Captured with a mouthful. Good timing Ed.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2014 - 1:36 PM

A very different and original capture, Ed: well done, you.
R.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2014 - 1:38 PM

A fine shot Ed.
Although you will have a few lunches to do to catch up with Simon !!
Mick.

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NaturesHaven
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7 May 2014 - 2:36 PM

Gotcha.............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2014 - 7:06 PM

Wow...captured at the decisive moment...well done

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Glostopcat
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7 May 2014 - 7:08 PM

Many thanks for all your comments folks, they are greatly appreciated, Ed

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2014 - 8:43 PM

Pity you could not get closer Ed - but it shows the bird in action.
Brian.

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Glostopcat
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7 May 2014 - 8:53 PM

The bird only came up close to the hide on the Saturday unfortunately, the day I was up at Prestbury Hill photographing green hairstreaks and duke of burgundys. Slimbridge on a Saturday is usually far too busy and it is often difficult to get into some of the hides, plus the place is full of screaming kids running around scaring the wildlife away!Tongue

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AlexAppleby
7 May 2014 - 9:00 PM

Lucky you to see this bird, it's so beautiful. Great shot of it considering the circumstances! Well done!

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Ade_Osman
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7 May 2014 - 9:02 PM

Shots like this make me wonder why it was we moved.........Then I remember all the dragons and butterflies I now have on my doorstep Wink

Good stuff Ed

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Fred263
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7 May 2014 - 9:17 PM

Outstanding capture.

Fred

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Lillian
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7 May 2014 - 9:49 PM

You really captured this at the right time Ed
well done
Lillian

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Brian65
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8 May 2014 - 9:06 AM

Well captured Ed.
Brian

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2014 - 10:09 PM

Super capture Ed,

Ali

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Badgerfred
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8 May 2014 - 10:19 PM

Fine shot Ed, great timing,
Fred.

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Jenny-D
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8 May 2014 - 10:23 PM

Wonderfully timed capture.

Jenny Smile

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France31 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2014 - 1:37 PM

Why can't I give you a UA for this, it is fantastic.. Caught in the act. I watched them spooning for half an hour in Costa Rica and never saw what they got against the light !

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10 May 2014 - 7:46 PM

A brilliant image Ed lovely light &detail.
Pauline.

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