Many thanks again for the many cc's on my last upload and especially to Carol for her UA. Much appreciated.
I managed to spend a few hours alone in a hide at Shapwick recently and got a few nice shots of Duck, Geese and Swan flying. There was also a great deal of surface activity going on with great determination to establish territory for breeding. All very competitive - a feature of the Gene imperative to survive.
With my mind loose and undisturbed I began to consider human competition and at some point arrived at the 'olympics'.
"Thats it!" I thought in my best philosophical internal voice.
So here they are - images of an Avian Olympiad in which the prize is species survival. The images aren't great but I had a lot of fun. I have taken the liberty of adjusting a couple in the interest of entertainment.
Around the perimeter of the arena are a number of birds stretching and warming up for their events (V1). There are also plenty of official looking people peering intently at watches, lines and markers(V2). Generally the flat races are first and some competitors show a remarkable turn of speed while some collapse in the middle of their run (V3). The most interesting races are those that are very close at the finish line - although in this case the officials at the finishing post look a bit bored (V4)! The gymnastic events turn up some very elegant moves (V5) and then, of course, there is the boxing (V6) and wrestling(V7) to look out for. A visit to the synchronized swimming as a delight to behold (V8) and I also enjoy the interviews with the Winners (V9) and the Losers (V10).
I hope you enjoy them. A
|Camera:||Canon EOS 7D |
|Lens:||EF400mm f/5.6L USM |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||18 Feb 2011 - 11:10 PM|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|