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A Jackdaw carefully preening a Hind and looking for ticks with a lone fly hovering by.
Taken at Bushy Park and one of my favourite Red Deer shots.

Many thanks for the comments on yesterdays upload of the Four Spotted Chaser stack.Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Sigma 800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The Hind, Jackdaw & Fly
Username:MossyOak MossyOak
Uploaded:11 Feb 2012 - 8:32 AM
Tags:Bushy park, Fly, Hind, Jackdaw, Red deer, Wildlife / nature
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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 8:34 AM

lovely shot Richard hope you are on the mend my friend

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 8:39 AM

I'm blown away by is one, such fabulous timing, and wonderful detail on the Jackdaw and the Hind.

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
11 Feb 2012 - 8:40 AM

What an absolutely brilliant capture. The hind is probably glad to get rid of the ticks to tolerate this at her eye. Hope that fly didn't land on her too Grin. Moira

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 8:48 AM

Superb shot and what timing to get the hind with its eye closed, not to mention that fly zooming in - such wonderful detail. - Carole

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jayhawk2000
11 Feb 2012 - 8:49 AM

As a rule I switch off ephotozine anytime there are three or more bird or 'flowers in my garden' shots but this stands out because something is actually happening for a change, the subjects have character and they have been captured beautifully. I would have cloned out the fly and cropped it into a portrait, but each to their own.

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footloose
footloose  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 8:55 AM

Top image this one,well caught.
Dennis

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 8:59 AM


Quote: As a rule I switch off ephotozine anytime there are three or more bird or 'flowers in my garden' shots but this stands out because something is actually happening for a change, the subjects have character and they have been captured beautifully. I would have cloned out the fly and cropped it into a portrait, but each to their own.

Thats a very interesting comment and I have some like that but as the fly can be seen as a fly I left it in as it shows interest into the blank bg. Also as it is a wildlife/nature image the space to the right in this format works to give room for the hind and image to 'look into'. If it had been a portrait space is not needed and thus by closing in the whole image to portrait just doesn't work in nature.
Good ideas thoughbut you have to remember it was the author sees at the time and selects to capture the whole moment as witnessed. It shows what is going on with the open space.

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 9:06 AM

A superb capture. Eye contact throughout and very sharp. I personally think the fly is a great addition to a fine composition. A

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czech
czech  3 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 - 9:15 AM

Superb shot!

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Fefe
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11 Feb 2012 - 9:15 AM

Oh how Fantastic............... Very well doneGrinGrinGrin
Diane

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7137 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 9:34 AM

Glad you kept the fly, Richard, it all adds to the image as a whole, which is ace, by the way Smile Just out of interest, were you aware the fly was there when you too the shot? Carol

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 9:41 AM


Quote: Glad you kept the fly, Richard, it all adds to the image as a whole, which is ace, by the way Smile Just out of interest, were you aware the fly was there when you too the shot? Carol

No way did I know the fly was there Wink iterally frozen in time. I was concentrating on the Hind and her expressions, although the flies are always about, the old rule take enough photo's and eventually one will be in the shot.
Also you have to have a little bit of luck in wildlife and this time it was there. Smile

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 10:25 AM

A classic, Richard - so much interest and expression in just one simple frame. Detailed and composed to perfection.
Sylvia

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 10:41 AM

Its all in the timing with this Richard and this is just spot on. Excellent capture.
Ron

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 10:56 AM

A wonderful sim biotic relationship caught in time, superb, one of your best
David

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 11:22 AM

Many thanks everyone and to Sylvia (Teocali) for the User Award

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 1:20 PM

I have to hand it to you Richard, you do take some fabulous pics this being one of those such picsSmile

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Brian65
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11 Feb 2012 - 1:43 PM

Fantastic image Richard, yes one to be proud of.
Brian

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 3:38 PM

Happy to be 30th on this mate, not so happy about it being better than my Jackdaw image Tongue Well done mucker this really is a truly stunning image, just wish it was mine again!!!

Ade Smile

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4663 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 5:16 PM

Superb shot !!!....wonderful bit of co-operative behaviour.....& exquisite quality !!!!!

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 6:12 PM

Excellent timing,the Fly makes this one for me Richard.
So made me smile too.

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 6:13 PM

Like the tight crop here Richard.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95940 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2012 - 7:09 PM

One for that little drawer RichardSmile

The one just above the top drawerSmile

Just oozes "natural world"


Adrian

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Mike_Young
11 Feb 2012 - 11:06 PM

Excellent

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marktc
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12 Feb 2012 - 9:19 AM

Can't really add more than has already been said, simply stunning!

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barbarahirst
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12 Feb 2012 - 10:39 AM

A true winner in my eyes ..

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Oliverpants
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12 Feb 2012 - 12:55 PM

Outstanding. Ann

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LesF
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13 Feb 2012 - 7:42 AM

Simply an outstanding wildlife image, love it


LesF

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ringyneck
ringyneck  7308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 10:04 AM

Awesome capture.


I would be content with just the fly.....Wink
Keith

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7455 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 11:41 AM

One last GEA from me - I lost track of this one when I gave my own UA, forgetting how that would empty my shortlist. Brilliant observation, an image that says something about two different creatures. Plus the fly as a bonus, it completes the line of eye-beak-wink-eye perfectly. Serendipity, the gift for making unexpected happy discoveries - it also involves the gift for recognising their worth and not cloning them out..
Oh and a good crop.
My apologies to Jonathan for disturbing the flow of 'his' GEA Gallery.
Moira

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MalcolmM
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13 Feb 2012 - 12:14 PM

Superb image, worthy of awards.

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Daisymaye
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13 Feb 2012 - 3:22 PM

Amazing, A capture we dream about getting. ............Sandy

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stevew10000
stevew10000 e2 Member 262 forum postsstevew10000 vcard United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 - 3:44 PM

Really excellent image. How long did it take you to get this, and was it behaviour that you had previously seen?

cheers

Steve

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2012 - 4:19 PM

Thanks Steve. I witness this all the time and saw Jackdaws about and just waited for the right moment.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91909 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2012 - 10:28 AM

Fabulous image Richard - well deserving of all the Awards.
Brian.

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2012 - 11:02 PM

Magazine quality throughout - outstanding photography, Richard.
Terry

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15 Feb 2012 - 6:46 PM

An oustanding image Richard, this one fully deserves all the accolades it has received

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2012 - 2:15 PM

What a smashing photograph Richard.

James

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LukeParkinson
17 Feb 2012 - 9:05 AM

Awesome Richard. It's just perfect.. Glad you've kept the fly!

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cheesey
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19 Feb 2012 - 9:36 PM

Absolutely brilliant. Top drawer.
Cheesey.

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Skate
Skate  2 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 - 9:24 PM

This is outstanding! Just love it. The interaction is wonderful and the sharpness and detail superb. Amazing!

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7 Mar 2012 - 1:26 PM

Amazing !

David

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JohnoP
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25 Mar 2012 - 8:59 PM

Timing is everything! Superb! John

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1881
1881  2 India
2 Apr 2012 - 5:16 PM

Brilliant capture.
Regards
SANJEEV

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janeez
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3 Apr 2012 - 12:06 PM


Quote: I would have cloned out the fly and cropped it into a portrait

Sometimes it's knowing what to leave in that makes all the difference! This is a truly spectacular shot and I wish I was as skilled and patient to achieve such a fantastic image. Just to have them looking in the right direction is an achievement in itself! Wink

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