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...............the cat hadn't chased the robins away.
For three years we have had robins nest and lay their eggs in the garage. The first year they successfully reared their young. For the past two years a cat has somehow got into the garage and chased them away - these were left abandoned in the empty ice-cream container on the top shelf.
Last year my son suggested that we try to persuade the robins not to nest there. I felt that was interfering, but I wonder if they come again if it is perhaps best to do that

Many thanks for recent clicks and comments and particularly to Chris for her User Award for By the window 2 - much appreciated SmileSmile

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Sep 2007 - 1:59 PM
Focal Length:19mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/20sec
Exposure Comp:-0.33
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:If only ..............................
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:16 Jan 2012 - 9:12 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, Photo journalism, Wildlife / nature
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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6526 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 9:14 PM

My favourite bird and I would love to have them breeding close by, this is a lovely shot. - gary

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 9:15 PM

What lovely and fantastic capture and work,very well done,
saeid

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AJG
AJG e2 Member 5AJG vcard Scotland
16 Jan 2012 - 9:22 PM

Great shot! I'd let the robins come back. Maybe a repellant to keep cat away?

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
16 Jan 2012 - 9:27 PM

#1 : superb palette!

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 9:32 PM

Thanks Gary, Saeid, Andrew and Pascal SmileSmile

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 9:45 PM

I never a bird nest would make such an attractive image helen, beautifully processed and I like v1.
regards
Yung

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 9:47 PM

Thanks Yung Smile

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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 9:47 PM

A beautiful treatment, Helen. Can you move the nest a bit so it is in a protected spot?
Christina

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 9:57 PM

Each year Christina they choose a different place in the garage to build their nest - I don't think for one minute the cats could get to the eggs, but I do think they could catch the birds SadSad

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 10:29 PM

Those darn cats! Two super images with great treatment...........Sandy

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8763 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1591 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 10:50 PM

The colour version is the one for me. So sad that the eggs have been abandoned.

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2012 - 10:58 PM

A sad tale but a super image
Mavis

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exposure
exposure e2 Member 101311 forum postsexposure vcard England
16 Jan 2012 - 10:59 PM

Two Beautiful Versions...
Pauline.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 11:11 PM

V2 for me Helen - lovely image. As an RSPB member I would say let nature take its course and not interfere - the Robins would have gone and nested again elsewhere provided they had not been caught.
Interesting cat predation info HERE
Brian.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2012 - 11:51 PM

Good shots Helen.
And I would let the Robins come back,
and shoot the darn cat !!
Mick.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 12:11 AM

This is a most beautiful image-- Sad text--- I love how this image crosses between reality and dreamy illustrations

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
17 Jan 2012 - 5:16 AM

The backside of cats

Peter

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 5:32 AM

A truly remarkable image Helen. Love it.

Barry

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 6:36 AM

How sad, Helen, but I would seriously look for a deterrent for the wretched cat, and not the robins. Beautifully captured and presented. Carol

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 7:19 AM


Quote: And I would let the Robins come back,
and shoot the darn cat !!
Mick.

My husbands sentiments in a nut shell Mick WinkWinkWink.

Thanks for the link Brian Smile

Last Modified By helenlinda at 17 Jan 2012 - 7:20 AM

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 7:56 AM

To deter the cat is probably the easier option, what a shame - I just cannot decide between the images so they share my vote. Beautiful treatment Helen. Carole

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
17 Jan 2012 - 7:58 AM

Lovely image especially V2.

Len

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 8:59 AM

Makes a wonderful texture image.
How sad for the Robins though, they only have
two or three chances per year.
Lovely as cats look, this is why I have never wanted one.

B.

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pluckyfilly
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17 Jan 2012 - 9:17 AM


Quote: V2 for me Helen - lovely image. As an RSPB member I would say let nature take its course and not interfere - the Robins would have gone and nested again elsewhere provided they had not been caught.
Interesting cat predation info HERE
Brian.

have to agree with Brian "we should not interfere with nature" has to be V2 for me

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moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
17 Jan 2012 - 9:28 AM

2 nicely processed shots Helen. V1 for me as I like that slightly frosty look. Moira

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64380 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 9:39 AM

It's such a precarious life being a bird sometimes. I do hope they succeed this year. A beautiful nest.
Chris

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gingerdelight
17 Jan 2012 - 10:36 AM

What a shame! Cats doing what they do naturally but pests all the same!
Two most beautiful images here Helen - I really cannot choose which one I prefer - so my Award this week goes to both of them!
Well done!
Carol

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digital_boi
17 Jan 2012 - 11:25 AM

what a shame dont see enough Robins round here like the processing in V1 helen looks good one of your best for sure

Graham GrinGrinGrin

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franken
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17 Jan 2012 - 11:32 AM

Both are impressive Helen.

Ken

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Joline
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17 Jan 2012 - 12:25 PM

Love V1. How beautiful.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 2:41 PM

A lovely capture, Helen...V1 for me, I think! Wink
Trev Smile

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PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 3:35 PM

Awesome tones and textures and what a lovely capture, both are lovely but if I had to choose it would be V! ! Patti Smile

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 4:32 PM

What an amazing response to this upload.
I have been out on training all day and am thrilled to see so many clicks and comments now I am back.
Particular thanks to Carol for her UA - what a surprise - many thanks Carol SmileSmileSmileSmile

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 5:14 PM

A sad story Helen but it is best sometimes to let nature look after itself, 2 great shots and I go for V1.
Geoff.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7417 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 6:30 PM

Congratulations on the HC, just seen it come up. I was in a hurry earlier - this is beautiful and sad, the nest seems to be fading into the past.
Our robins regularly nest in a conifer where I know they are vulnerable to cats - I'm not sure what I could do to suggest they look for somewhere safer!
Moira

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2012 - 6:48 PM

Thanks Moira and many thanks to Pete - what a shock !!!! SmileSmileSmile

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SueEley
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17 Jan 2012 - 6:49 PM

In V1 the mood and colours work better together for me.

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helenlinda
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17 Jan 2012 - 6:53 PM

Thanks Sue

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2012 - 9:07 AM

Oh yes!
Johanna

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luceombra
luceombra  227 forum posts Italy5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 8:36 AM

Very nice work. V1 for me is the best one

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2012 - 9:38 PM

Beautiful!!

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k1
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30 Jan 2012 - 8:33 PM

What a lovely composition, great capture.

Paul.

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2012 - 8:32 AM

Two superb images, V2 for me
Regards
Pete

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Hop-A-Long
17 Feb 2012 - 10:03 AM

I like both and it is very hard to decide between the two. I think V2 probably gets it because of the colour.
Two beautiful shots with a bit of a sad story, I hope they return and have more success.

Andy

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
2 Mar 2012 - 6:14 PM

Superb 10 SmileSmileSmile
Cor.

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yorkie1964
10 Mar 2012 - 9:07 AM

This has an ethereal quality I like very much , superb shot . Steve

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JudeC
JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2012 - 12:05 PM

Lovely image and story - you need a blunderbuss and some cat pepper spray! (only joking all you cat lovers)Grin

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User_Removed
23 Mar 2012 - 9:27 AM

Two great images, No2 gets the vote, and a super portfolio.
Alf.

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2012 - 3:00 AM

Nice composition.
Matt

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2173 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2012 - 4:41 PM

Great shot
Netta

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2012 - 4:48 PM

Beautiful presentation

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