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Our nesting Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)pair are now feeding their chicks, which have recently hatched. The nest is high up in a gap in the stable brick wall so I don't yet know how many chicks there are. As soon as they grow bigger it will be easier to see.
The parents are perfect subjects for photography, as they sit motionless, scanning for bugs, then, like lightning, fly a quick circle, catching a bug with a resounding click and then returning to the perch until their beak is full!

Many thanks for your C&Cs on yesterday's upload - always very much appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:13 Jun 2012 - 2:43 PM
Focal Length:700mm 10.1m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5148 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 11:22 AM

An interesting narrative to accompany your fine shot of the Flycatcher......a busy time for them with many mouths to feed.
She stands out so well with that dark b/g.
Ronnie.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman Plus Member 124521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 11:28 AM

Ditto on Ronnie's comments Sylvia....

Ade

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christinecilia
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16 Jun 2012 - 1:24 PM

lovely shot like it Grin

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Maiwand
Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 1:26 PM

First class capture of the Flycatcher Sylvia. The perch is superb, excellent BG, lovely bright eye on the bird and an informative narrative to boot. What more do we need ???GrinGrinSmileSmileTongueTongue
Ron

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lostnspace2011
16 Jun 2012 - 2:05 PM

Beautifully shot again Sylvia. Smile

Mark

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Goodley
Goodley  5 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 - 2:08 PM

very nice,
kev.

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tomcat
tomcat Plus Member 96344 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 2:46 PM

I have been waiting for these images to appear, especially since your PM of yesterdayWink

Keep 'em coming SylviaSmile

Adrian

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16 Jun 2012 - 3:33 PM

A lovely nature shot Sylvia, I like the way she's proudly standing to attention and surveying her surroundings

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oldgreyheron
oldgreyheron Plus Member 8124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 5:07 PM

Oh how I could do with helpful bird subjects like this Sylvia, and what a super result from its helpful behaviour (and your skill too!)

Mike

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Tom-Melton
16 Jun 2012 - 6:54 PM

top notch shot Sylvia

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pluckyfilly Plus Member 8342 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 8:48 PM

great eye good b/g and unusual perch all go towards making this image rather special

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johnjo58
johnjo58  4 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 9:25 PM

Beautiful image Sylvia,
David

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Fefe
Fefe Plus Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2012 - 8:12 AM

This is lovely, great comp, perch and bg, cracking detailGrin
Diane

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bricurtis
bricurtis Plus Member 91975 forum postsbricurtis vcard England49 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2012 - 9:15 PM

Looks good against that bg Sylvia - lucky you having them return again.
Brian.

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