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I was thinking what a pretty bed this bird had when all of a sudden some ducks waddled past.
Hense V2 & V3
I would have thought it too early in the season for nesting....so would be interested to see what other people think.

A big thankyou to Ann's (EAS) other half for identifying my field of yesterday as winter barley.
I shall be interested to see how it grows.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Jan 2013 - 2:40 PM
Focal Length:112mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.5
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:At First Peace ..... then WAR!!!!
Username:barbarahirst barbarahirst
Uploaded:15 Jan 2013 - 7:58 AM
Tags:General.Birds Nesting., Pets / captive animals, Photo journalism
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 7:59 AM

Looks as though he's nesting on top of someone's head.
I shall come back later for the variants.
Moira

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:01 AM

Three crackers, Barbs, but V.2 gets my vote, wonderful Smile Carol

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:07 AM

Delightful well timed compositions.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:08 AM

three wonderful captures barbara brilliant detail and colours v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:09 AM

A great series. V2 is my favorite.
-=\Walter

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:15 AM

Three great shots Barbara, v2 for me too...

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:53 AM

love this one Barbs

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
15 Jan 2013 - 9:05 AM

3 excellent images Barbara,
Fred.

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capto
capto e2 Member 21150 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 9:12 AM

V2 for me , a cracker.

ivor

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
15 Jan 2013 - 9:14 AM

This is a great set Barbara !! The guy on the grass is surely very protective over his prime spot !!

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 9:18 AM

Three fantastic and lovely images,Barbara,very well done,
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tonyng
tonyng e2 Member 4tonyng vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 9:25 AM

Like the dynamism of v2 Barbara.

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 9:30 AM

Excellent set of images, superb detail and colours

Hugh

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 9:31 AM

Great title and set... well done Barbs,

Trev

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41054 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 9:35 AM

A duck with attitude! Must be from Leeds!! A fine set, Barbara.

Dave

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 10:06 AM

Nicely timed in V 2 to show it's aggressive posturing towards passersby.
Ronnie.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 10:30 AM

These are lovely Barbara.
V2 with a squarish crop would be great on it's own.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 10:43 AM

V2 for me. Superbly captured and composed

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 10:47 AM

All that agro and she isn't even paying any attention! A great set. I think V1 is my favourite as I lke peace a lot better though V2 is so very well timed. My guess is it's a bit like those folk we see on TV, setting up their pitch to be first in at Harrod's Sales! Book your spot well ahead of everyone else! Grin

Ann

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digital_boi
15 Jan 2013 - 11:15 AM

V1 i a very fine capture Barbara v2 and 43 reminds me of an irate wife when the husband come hame after a few beers with the lads TongueWink

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 11:31 AM

Lovely set Barbara and I think you were right to lead with version one.

Best Matt

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Jellyfire
Jellyfire  241 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 11:42 AM

Great shot Barbara, the colour of the nest really complements the plumage

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 12:38 PM

Maybe she wants to make sure she is the first there for the best nesting spot. Wonderful captures. And....a cute story.......Sandy

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 12:45 PM

A stunning trio of images Barbara, images 2 and 3 telling a great tale.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6612 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 12:56 PM

I think v2 is the clear winner of these three images.

Anne

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gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
15 Jan 2013 - 12:58 PM

Imagen muy tierna..

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 1:17 PM

WOW!
love V2 great timing
Lillian

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LynneJoyce
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15 Jan 2013 - 1:29 PM

Obviously staking its claim in preparation for mating. Great series.

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JohnChambersPhotography

V2 is my fav, all good captures , well spotted Barbara.

John

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achieverswales
15 Jan 2013 - 2:18 PM

Like the three Barbara but V2 my favourite where he is telling the intruder to duck offTongue

Regards

Trev.

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Imagecrafter
15 Jan 2013 - 3:04 PM

Great trio - and V2 is spectacular!

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 3:21 PM

What a great set! Vs 2 and 3 are simply wonderful timing, Barbara Smile V1 is just so serene! Great title Smile

I like how the passers-by look so innocent and harmless and are just minding their own business Grin

Andrew

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
15 Jan 2013 - 3:45 PM

Superb set, Barbara!Smile
Regards Valery

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 3:48 PM

Three wonderful captures, Barbs - do agree that V2 is the winner here, but really works well shown as a set like this, telling a story Wink Think they deserve my UA...Wink
Trev Smile

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 4:13 PM

A great set - guarding territory against all comers!
Joan.

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 - 4:31 PM

A cracking set Barbara, love the lighting, great work.
Brian

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CaroleS
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15 Jan 2013 - 4:35 PM

V2 is so animated!
Carole

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 4:41 PM

Super.

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
15 Jan 2013 - 4:45 PM

Three delightful images. I like the sequence of presentation. V2 for me today
Effrossini

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 5:00 PM

that is quite a fnacy nest--- ducks are lovely!

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2185 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 5:15 PM

A great setSmile
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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
15 Jan 2013 - 6:41 PM

I think the one on the 'nest' is a male as it seems much more attractive than the others. No idea what kind of duck it is though. Well captured action. Moira

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 283 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 6:46 PM

Great set of images, Barbara, tells a story indeed, luv v2, a cracking picture.
Nice one.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile.

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:23 PM

Excellent set Barbara...................... love the expressions on the ducks face in V2 and V3, she just doesnt know where to put herselfTongueSadGrin
Diane

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 8:43 PM

Is that a male on the nest and two females walking around. Great action Barbara.

Dougie

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hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2013 - 11:22 PM

Excellent shots lovely detail
mike

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dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 7:53 AM

3 superb shots, v2 for me too
regards
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pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 - 8:09 AM

Nice set Babs, but V2 for me, Peter..

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
16 Jan 2013 - 9:26 AM

Nice set good fun like V1, but all good Barbara, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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LV426
LV426  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 4:01 AM

3 good images in a photo documantation.
Yup, those ducks can be quite vicious, I had a few close encounters myself.
Tarek

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17 Jan 2013 - 9:57 PM

These are superb Barbara SmileSmile
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25 Jan 2013 - 11:34 PM

These whitefaced whistling ducks are such characters, I'm always amused by their antics whenever I visit the WWT at slimbridge

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