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I was having a snooze in the garden, waiting for the birds to appear on our feeders. Luckily I had the camera on my chest (switched on) and was able to grab this shot as a reflex action. I think it is a female greenfinch (we have a pair visit every day now) but it may be a sparrow?

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Sigma 70 - 300 APO mk 2
Recording media:ISO200
Title:Landing Approach
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:18 May 2004 - 7:10 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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niamh
niamh  1034 forum posts United Kingdom
18 May 2004 - 7:16 AM

nice movement in the wings and a good composition

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johnjohn01
johnjohn01  1258 forum posts England
18 May 2004 - 7:19 AM

I must be getting to know your style Brian. I saw the thumbnail and knew this was yours. Looks like a greenfinch to me. Nice image - even with the camera switched on I can't get this close.
John

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denian
denian  10
18 May 2004 - 7:21 AM

A lovely action shot.

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IanA
IanA  103048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 7:21 AM

Great capture Brian! Small birds are soooo much more difficult because of their relative speed. Really well done.

Ian (clicked)

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llonaid
llonaid  10
18 May 2004 - 7:39 AM

Great shot! - Wish I'd taken it! One big click from me!

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geegee
geegee  1029 forum posts England
18 May 2004 - 7:41 AM

What a fantastic opportune shot. I know that your are always supposed to carry your camera but taking one to bed is a novel approach!
Brilliant shot.
Click.

George.

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ardbeg77
ardbeg77  101214 forum posts Sao Tome and Principe6 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 7:57 AM

Agree with everything above - very well taken, and a lovely composition to boot.
+click+
Steve

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110150 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 8:26 AM

My thanks to you all for your positive comments.

George - I haven't got round to taking it to bed (my wife complains it sticks in her back Smile but I try to have it to hand as much as possible. At least I had the lens cap of this time!

John, I find that if I have the camera more or less in "shooting position" I don't scare them. Any significant movements, such as lifting the camera to my eye from my lap, and they are off.

We have started feeding shelled sun-flower seeds, the finches love them.

Brian

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user_absconded
18 May 2004 - 8:36 AM

Wonderful capture, I love this, click

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jaglin
jaglin  10
18 May 2004 - 8:50 AM

Another great shot, reminds me of the one you did where a bird says "Bye". You seem to often have a snooze in your garden!!
Very productive sleeping though!
Stef,
Click.

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110150 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 9:07 AM

Lydia, Stef thanks for the positive reaction. Stef - I have to snooze in the garden, otherwise the plants don't grow properly!

"Bye" was shot in the woods on a walk in the edges of the Peak District, much more energetic Smile

Brian

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podgod
podgod  10494 forum posts Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 9:21 AM

Now I know how it's done, instead of standing there waiting with lots of expensive kit trying to get 'the shot' then only getting hundreds of empty nest box pictures. All I need to do is have a kip in the garden, stir occasionally and snap the perfect shot.

Well done Brian a lovely shot.

I think the technique would be improved by sitting in the garden with a couple of beers, well that's what I'm telling my wife. (lol)

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Patricia Fenn
18 May 2004 - 9:28 AM

Really beautiful shot, who needs exotic birds when you can come up with a picture like this. Fantastic, click!

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jmmd
jmmd  10
18 May 2004 - 9:49 AM

I think I have nothing more to say....EXCELLENT once again. click

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mattmatic
mattmatic  10598 forum posts
18 May 2004 - 10:03 AM

Whoao! Superb!
Matt

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Terry L
Terry L e2 Member 10571 forum postsTerry L vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 10:13 AM

This is rather good Brian, sounds like a rather good technique you have there, you certainly attract a lot of wildlife to your garden. Gets my CLICK for sure.

Regards
Terry.

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headskiesfly
18 May 2004 - 10:32 AM

Brian you are the master at this kind of shot, wonderful wing action.
If I fell asleep I wouldn't know where or who I was let alone take a great shot!
Richard

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flossie
flossie  101557 forum posts
18 May 2004 - 11:26 AM

Just taking a look in your portfolio Brian, I've missed a few...you're really taking some fabulous shouts with that camera, this is superb. I haven't time to comment on them all but I've left you a few clicks!

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johnjrp
johnjrp e2 Member 10430 forum postsjohnjrp vcard Australia5 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 12:01 PM

well taken

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old timer  1055 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 12:24 PM

This is a beautiful shot, Brian - I'm going to have a look at your portfolio. Click.
Jim

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110150 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 12:28 PM

Thanks to you all for the kind and positive comments. Richard the secret is to not quite go to sleep - (a light doze rather than driving the "zzzs"). Make sure the camera strap is round you neck though - it can be expensive otherwise Smile

Brad, make sure the beer is in non-reflective tinnies - don't want to scare the birds

Brian

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speeedyblue2
18 May 2004 - 1:48 PM

Blimey Brian wish my reflexes were that quick when I was awake never mind snoozing!!
Beautiful shot, superb work.

Mary

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110150 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 1:57 PM

Thanks Mary. I find I move quicker if my brain is disengaged these day Smile I spent about another hour awake, with the camera on its tripod, cable release set. I missed about another seven similar shots - must tell us something!

Brian

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Mari
Mari  101825 forum posts Wales
18 May 2004 - 5:59 PM

Just one word - superb, Brian (nice wisteria too!! :0}


Click

Mari

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110150 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 6:06 PM

Thanks Mari - only the best for our birds! Smile

Brian

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fishiee
fishiee  10460 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 8:31 PM

Wow stunning shot brian! Seems you haven't lost your touch with the non-macro shots!

John

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vfr400  12886 forum posts
18 May 2004 - 8:34 PM

Great snap shot Brian, snoozing in the garden with the fragrence of the wisteria wonderful.
chris

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ronr
ronr  10 United Kingdom
18 May 2004 - 9:50 PM

Excellent capture, lovely photo.
Ron.

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110150 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2004 - 10:32 PM

John, Chris & Ron - thanks for the positive comments.

Brian

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tigertot
tigertot  1136 forum posts England
19 May 2004 - 1:28 PM

Well I've heard some excuses for men lying asleep in the garden but this one is the best so far!!! Nice capture Brian, the wing action is very good and the composition is nice.

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110150 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2004 - 1:32 PM

Thanks Leslie - I'm out there again today. (been to the Dentist and had some teeth out is today's excuse Smile

No luck so far,

Brian

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2004 - 10:55 PM

Nice sense of action.

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brian1208
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20 May 2004 - 5:34 AM

cheers Eric

Brian

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dwjones
dwjones  10232 forum posts United Kingdom
21 May 2004 - 10:22 AM

Sure this wasn't taken in my back garden !!!
Our Wisteria is blooming at present. But birds are rare as we've got two cats.
Greate snap from snooze position.

The movement of the wings is excellent

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110150 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2004 - 11:07 AM

Thank you David - we have two free range Burmese but the birds just ignore them. We seem to be getting a fair range of birds at present and I've missed some absolutely brilliant shots over the last couple of days! (I'm a fisherman too - you should see the fish I've missed as well Smile

Brian

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focused-photography

Wonderful absoltely wonderful.

*click click click*

Carsten

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