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Hi everybody, again thanks for the comments/votes on my last upload always appreciated.

After a midweek break in Chard, Somerset we decided to take the coast road home and stopped off at the Isle of Portland. Within seconds of parking up at the top of the Isle near HMP Verne I spotted a Whitethroat in a bush alongside the car. As soon as I set up my camera I was distracted by a yellow flash passing me and landing in a tree close by.

It was only a couple of weeks ago I was lamenting to Mossyoak & Maiwand that I had not seen a Yellowhammer in years (over twenty to be precise), when I was presented with this superb specimen posing in a tree and not too worried about my presence there. I spent quite a time just clicking away as he flitted from tree to bush to post as my dear wife snoozed in the car nearby.

V1 Yellowhammer singing away at the top of a tree with the sun bringing out his colours beautifully.

V2 - Yellowhammer posing on a nearby prison fence post on profile, obviously seen the prisoners doing it I think. This clearly shows his colouring off well I think.

No doubt you will let me know what you think; though view large for the full effect.

Cheers
Paul

Camera:Nikon D3 1/400sec @F8 ISO400 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 50 -500 @500mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Yellowhammer
Username:harrattp harrattp
Uploaded:13 Jun 2010 - 11:41 AM
Tags:Birds, Close-up / macro, Emberizidae, General, Portland, Wildlife / nature, Yellowhammer
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gillykins
gillykins  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 11:59 AM

Two super shots, lets hope it's not another 20 years before seeing anymore. LOL
L&K Gillxx

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 12:15 PM

Good details and colours in these - good capture.
Regards Richad

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 12:19 PM

v2 is my fav.lesley

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VidB
VidB  5 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 12:37 PM

Two well detailed and sharp images, well captured.
Dave

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Brian_Scott
Brian_Scott e2 Member 542 forum postsBrian_Scott vcard United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 12:39 PM

V2 is the better for the two images

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 1:02 PM

A pair of crackers Paul. Good clean images and detail
Richard

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TanyaHailey
13 Jun 2010 - 2:20 PM

Lovely images V1 for me love the colours
Tanya

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finepetportraits

Two stunning shots Paul. I saw my first yellowhammer a few weeks ago but didn't manage to get a shot - so thank you for sharing your fantastic captures! Smile

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 3:32 PM

Two superb shots Paul. Like you I have not seen one for years- and neither have too many others it seems as we seldom see one posted on the site. Beautiful.
Ron

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
13 Jun 2010 - 3:43 PM

2 lovely shots,loads of detail.
Brian.

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 4:04 PM

Two cracking shot Paul... fabulous looking birds...

Puttenham Common top car park if you want them locally Wink

Jon

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 4:18 PM

20 years! your not that old surely or should I say can you remember back that far!!!
superb shot Paul

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 4:30 PM

Thank you very much everybody for the comments/support. Yes Ann I am that old, and thanks for the heads up Jon.

Paul

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
13 Jun 2010 - 6:28 PM

Paul love the shots,hope you both ok will catch up soon, gray,

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WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 7:06 PM

Two real beauties Paul,V2 is my fav !!

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Vince_S
Vince_S  4 England
13 Jun 2010 - 7:53 PM

Two excellent shots. I prefer V2.
Vince

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andymark  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 8:57 PM

two amazing shot love them both

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2010 - 7:03 AM

Two great shots - I must admit I have not seen one for about the same period of time

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2010 - 12:52 PM

Very, very envious of this sighting and these two superb captures Paul -LOL!! Wonderful poses, detail and colours. Love V1 for the fact the bird is in full song and V2 for the great side-on view and plumage patterning/tones.
Sylvia

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dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 8:08 AM

Rare sight indeed and that is a long wait to see one of these Paul, and beautifully captured with lovely colours and fine detail.

regards
Yung

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 2:31 PM

2 lovely shots Paul, must admit I've never seen one around these parts,
Geoff.

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15 Jun 2010 - 6:48 PM

beautiful birds well captured with excellent colour and detail in well composed images.

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2010 - 6:58 PM

Thanks again to all who have commented.

Paul

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patspeirs  7 Scotland
17 Jun 2010 - 5:22 PM

V1 is quite beautiful - excellent.
Pat

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