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Little and Large - a redshank adventure

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Have been away for a short while but went down to Ham Wall a few days ago to get some shots of Pochard, as I have very few in my archive.
The nature conservation people have built several small wooden floating platforms on one of the small lakes quite near a hide for birds to rest on and they are well used.
Soon after setting up I heard the fluting of a Redshank and was surprised to see only a single bird drop down (V1) and fly around inspecting the platforms.
An empty one was refused (V2) as too exposed.
Sharing with a Coot (V3) was not a good idea - Coots are grumpy!
The platform with a gull (V4)was turned down - considered to be scavenging yobs, no doubt.
He chose a platform with a swan and asked his permission very nicely and the swan bowed deeply in agreement (V5). They had a good scratch together (V6) and then had quite a long chat for about an hour (V7). Mostly, I am told, about the appalling problems of the NHS and other public services.
A passing Mallard popped in and joined the discussion and shortly after that they all composed themselves for a nap (V8).
I enjoyed this series of interactions very much and hope you like them too.
Oh! I got several shots of pochard and other species as well. (V9).
These are not composites.
Have a good weekend. A

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Mar 2012 - 2:31 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Little and Large - a redshank adventure
Username:accipiter accipiter
Uploaded:14 Apr 2012 - 12:27 PM
Tags:Ham Wall. Redshank.Coot.Pochard. Gulls. Swan., Wildlife / nature
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14 Apr 2012 - 12:40 PM

Super set of images.
Alf.

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CarolG
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14 Apr 2012 - 1:04 PM

A great set, Arthur, and some fine reflections, too. Carol

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 1:05 PM

wonderful set of captures brilliant detail and colours v1 for me today love the reflections a belter nice one Wink
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Glostopcat
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14 Apr 2012 - 1:07 PM

An excellent and varied set of images of waterfowl and waders, I particularly like versions 1, 7, 8 and 9. I'm surprised you didn't bump into the Big O, epzer Ade Osman on your travels, this is one of his favourite stomping grounds and he's hard to miss pushing a fishing trolley and clad in full combat gear!Wink

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gary_d
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14 Apr 2012 - 1:21 PM

V1 is the pick of a great series and I like V7 too. - gary

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Daisymaye
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14 Apr 2012 - 1:22 PM

A great set of images. Especially like the ones with the swan and the little bird............Sandy

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prabhusinha
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14 Apr 2012 - 2:51 PM

A great set esp V 5,6,7.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 3:09 PM

Love your narrative - it would make a great illustrated story SmileSmile
Helen

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 3:43 PM

Hark at Ed, he's a sod isn't he, he makes it sound like I'm off to battle in my camo gear Tongue We were down there on Thursday as it happened and saw a nice Blue Winged Teal while we were there and had a very close fly past by the Bittern which pleased the wife no end. As for me, well I was too busy rooting around in the undergrowth trying to find macro subjects rather than worrying about the birds Wink

Great series here mate, though the clincher has to be the last image, great timing shown in that......

Ade

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 3:45 PM

A tale to raise a smile here! How tiny your little Redshank is when seen with the other two companions. A glorious and beautifully capture set.

Ann

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2012 - 4:29 PM

A fine set of images, Arthur, many with some good reflections and in-flight captures. Glad you managed to capture the Pochard at V 9, a duck which I have never seen.
Ronnie.

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franken
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14 Apr 2012 - 5:10 PM

Fantastic set here.

Ken

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pluckyfilly
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14 Apr 2012 - 5:10 PM

gorgeous set I might choose V7 for the little and large with the red shank, well done

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Len1950
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14 Apr 2012 - 5:38 PM

A fabulous collection you've managed here.

Len

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Maiwand
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14 Apr 2012 - 6:33 PM

Wonderful series Arthur and a very amusing narrative. You saved the best til last IMO- No9 for me please.
Ron

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
14 Apr 2012 - 7:39 PM

What a wonderful set of shots you have captured Arthur. You also have a great imagination, I only realised this when you voiced thoughts that the NHS has problems TongueGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin. Moira

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14 Apr 2012 - 9:19 PM

A splendid set Arthur ...Bill

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metro074
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15 Apr 2012 - 11:00 AM

An excellent set. I love V9. All are wonderful captures. Well done
carol

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WhiteRose1
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15 Apr 2012 - 1:52 PM

A wonderful 'story-board' Arthur. Straight forward shots then the story unfolds. Individually and collectively, a lovely set.

Dave

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16 Apr 2012 - 5:25 AM

A good sense of scale

Peter

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24 Apr 2012 - 10:17 PM

A brilliant detailed set Arthur,lovely write up..Lin

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29 Apr 2012 - 4:42 PM

Great set Arthur. Really like v1. Paul

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DRicherby
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29 Apr 2012 - 5:58 PM

A nice set and they work very well presented together like this, almost like a little story.

Dave.

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30 Apr 2012 - 6:00 PM

An excellent selection & an interesting narrative, Arthur.
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