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Couldn't resist posting this picture. All day this chap had been back and forward for birdcake, for his young. The picture was taken on one of his visits (around 4 p.m.). He looked around for a while then closed his eyes for about 10 secs, before making another visit to the table.

The joys of parenthood eh?

Thanks for all your c&cs on the skimmer they are much appreciated.


Lens:50-200mm + 1.4tc
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:It's a hard life
Username:abtuie abtuie
Uploaded:1 Jun 2008 - 9:32 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Great spotted woodpecker, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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norton Plus Member 11norton vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2008 - 9:41 PM

Superb detail and great natural colours,excellent shot,well captured..............


tonvic Plus Member 6tonvic vcard
1 Jun 2008 - 9:44 PM

great shot again good detail

Kiara07 Plus Member 6Kiara07 vcard United Kingdom
1 Jun 2008 - 9:45 PM

Well captured....lovely shot


whiteswan01 Plus Member 6whiteswan01 vcard England
1 Jun 2008 - 9:54 PM

wow such great colour would love to see 1 Dawn

Alec1 Plus Member 7Alec1 vcard United Kingdom
1 Jun 2008 - 10:05 PM

Great capture. Alec

harrattp Plus Member 8harrattp vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2008 - 10:06 PM

Super focus shot well captured, the colours for the tree and bg are fantastic.

fatmod Plus Member 8fatmod vcard England
1 Jun 2008 - 10:06 PM

well spotted and captured

1 Jun 2008 - 10:10 PM

Nice capture and narrative


Gezina Plus Member 8Gezina vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2008 - 10:12 PM

Is he praying for strength? Delightful shot Ina

JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY Plus Member 7962 forum postsJN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2008 - 10:35 PM

This is so good. The colours and detail are excellent. Great capture of a quite elusive bird (I've only heard them but never saw one!). JNC

BERTRAM Plus Member 6BERTRAM vcard United Kingdom
1 Jun 2008 - 10:45 PM

this is a fantastic image

1 Jun 2008 - 11:06 PM

Lovely clear well detailed image.

adderman Plus Member 8adderman vcard 1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2008 - 11:09 PM

Well seen and taken. Nice comp.


Rylands Plus Member 7Rylands vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2008 - 11:11 PM

I dont know how you do it but this is yet another superb image - very envious

pamelajean Critique Team 9844 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1649 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 12:06 AM

Not only is this an outstanding image and a fine composition, but the bird is so endearing, being tired and weary.

pluckyfilly Plus Member 8323 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 10:19 AM

Quote: Not only is this an outstanding image and a fine composition, but the bird is so endearing, being tired and weary.

have to agree with the above an amazing shot so well composed everything one can hope for

janty66  7 England
2 Jun 2008 - 11:31 AM

cracking shot...

FeatherFriend Plus Member 735 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 1:30 PM

You should be very proud of this shot, I would if it were mine, but it isn't, so I can only weep with disappointment.

BlackNinja Plus Member 6BlackNinja vcard
2 Jun 2008 - 6:02 PM

superb shot

dancingqueen Plus Member 8dancingqueen vcard Northern Ireland
2 Jun 2008 - 6:27 PM

lovely shot

pascalg Plus Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
2 Jun 2008 - 7:29 PM

sharp ; superb tones..;

RubberBullets Plus Member 13RubberBullets vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 7:54 PM

Lovely shot, superb moment captured.


ChristineD Plus Member 9ChristineD vcard England
3 Jun 2008 - 3:36 PM

Stunning capture.

Bob_V Plus Member 7Bob_V vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2008 - 9:33 PM

What a superb image.

franfoto Plus Member 7franfoto vcard England32 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2008 - 4:26 PM

His eyes were in unison with your shutter finger.
Was out with Nikontuk and spotted one of these but after a long wait and lots of flitting around, neither of us got a decent shot. This is super, great colours and DOF and, as had already been said...very endearing.

MikeRC Plus Member 93526 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
12 Jun 2008 - 2:42 PM

...what a fantastic shot:


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