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Many thanks for the kind comments and clicks on the Fox, Otter and Water Vole shots - always very much appreciated. I must go on some epz meets - I thoroughly enjoyed the company.

This year again at the Denge hide at Dungeness these warring families were at it again on getting the nesting site - alas they couldnt agree to get along and so the oyster catcher has moved to another site (still looking for it) - they dont seem to have much luck. Last year all went well until the oyster catcher chick got predated. Still the Terns are still there so hope to get some of the chick albeit they are out on the water a fair distance away.

Constructive critique and any modifications are always very welcomed - Off for a bit of fishing tomorrow (taking the camera as well of course)

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:50-500mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.2
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:I was here first - Commern Terns and Oyster Catcher
Username:Ray42 Ray42
Uploaded:12 Jul 2011 - 7:50 PM
Tags:Birds, Common tern, Gulls, Haematopus ostralegus, Oyster catcher, Sterna hirundo, Wildlife / nature
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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 7:52 PM

Excellent capture,very well done,
saeid

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franken
franken e2 Member 113029 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 7:53 PM

Interesting set here.

Ken

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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 7:56 PM

wonderful set ray brilliant colours and detail v1 for me today a belter nice one Wink
andy

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Samuel_Aron
Samuel_Aron Junior Member 4 England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 7:58 PM

Excellent series of captures!
Sam.

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 8:02 PM

Very interesting work !

Rock

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 8:08 PM

A fascinating sequence, V1 & V2 in particular show a three-way conversation (a rather boisterous one) going on.
I'll admit that I'm not really interested in pin-sharp feathers, focus-on-the-eye precision unless the image tells us something about the natural world. These do tell us something.
Moira

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 8:12 PM

"Four 'Crackers,' here, Ray!" Good Show,...Mate!

Peter GrinWink

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 8:17 PM

A fine set full of drama, Ray. Knowing where you were makes all the difference.

Thanks for your recent comments and humour. The lunchtime chips were great, thanks; on the Friday we dined at the Pilot - and I bought the T-shirt.

Same week next year - already booked!

Kind regards - and to Sally of course,

Bill

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 8:20 PM

Sorry, typo, I meant V1 & V3, which is my favourite.
Moira

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6516 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 8:21 PM

A great set of natural images. - gary

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 9:44 PM

wild life in action,its a hard world.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 9:55 PM

I might come fishing with you Wink could bag me some wildlife pics I am sure - love this shot Ray

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 10:23 PM

Excellent set of well timed shots, Ray.
Steve.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 10:26 PM

v1 is my fav.lesley

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 10:27 PM

A interesting tale told well in this set. V1 stand out for me. Great colours and some excellent timing in all 4. Hope the fishing went well.

Ann

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2011 - 11:02 PM

Lovely shots Ray. Hope you enjoy your fishing.
Ron

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
13 Jul 2011 - 11:19 AM

Hi Ray have a good day fishing, get some shots in as well these are a greatset gray.

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2011 - 12:40 PM

Great series, intersting that V1 & V3 the bird on the nest appears to be communicating with the one in the air to shift the Oystercatcher WinkWink.

Glyn

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dven e2 Member 9dven vcard United Kingdom
13 Jul 2011 - 4:25 PM

A great nature action shot

dven

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2011 - 5:03 PM

Glad to be no. 30 Ray! These images do tell a story - it must have been fun watching these lovely birds staking their claims.
Ann

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acousticmist
13 Jul 2011 - 5:59 PM

Four super shots Ray, all well captured........................Martin

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 430 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2011 - 7:53 PM

Good set Ray - V1 has it for me.
Jason

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2011 - 8:06 PM

Great set Ray, V3 does it for me with the attitude Wink
Geoff.

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Devon_Wild
14 Jul 2011 - 7:55 AM

Super set Ray, Like the way the oyster catcher keeps ducking from the threat above ..........Rob

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
14 Jul 2011 - 10:11 AM

Great set Ray, it tells a story, ducking and diving.
Brian

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2011 - 3:18 PM

Fight ! Fight! Fight!!
What a great set ..
I can hear them from here...

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2011 - 4:47 PM

A super series of shots Ray - showing the temprament of the terns very well - poor Oystercatcher didn't stand a chance did it? Ina

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lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2011 - 5:32 PM

Nice to see a bit of Wild Life being Wild Ray Smile

John Smile

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lobski  3 Philippines1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2011 - 5:36 PM

Excellent timing and superb series shots Ray!

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evelen
evelen  9 England
14 Jul 2011 - 6:17 PM

excellent set of captures .
eve.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2011 - 8:14 PM

Good set here Ray, guessing they were noisy as well
Lillian

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2011 - 10:53 PM

Excellent captured images,Ray. They are not the most friendly birds, are they?Grin
Jas.

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2011 - 7:57 AM

Excellent captures Ray


Bernie

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accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2011 - 5:55 PM

Another fine set. A

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2011 - 6:09 PM

Really interesting images
Mavis

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lesliea
lesliea e2 Member 4lesliea vcard Australia
16 Jul 2011 - 1:25 AM

Nice set of images Ray well captured.
Allen, Grin

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madbilly
madbilly  5 England4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2011 - 8:16 AM

Great set Ray, well done

Bill

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Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
18 Jul 2011 - 11:40 AM

Lovely images here! IB

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raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
18 Jul 2011 - 1:15 PM

four excellent captures ray,love v3.ray

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2011 - 3:00 PM

They can look so angry... like always being annoyed with someone!
Nice captures,
Johanna

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2011 - 10:09 AM

Great set Ray. Its aweful when they get pinched isnt it. But thats nature I guess. Paul

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2011 - 3:44 PM

Hiya Ray a great set,nice timing on them,
I have just been laughing at a comment about the fish treatment,,
And your reason for declining,lol

Aidan,,

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AnneWorner e2 Member 6602 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2011 - 7:07 PM

Very interesting interactions going on here - I imagine this was quite a noisy affair.
Anne

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FWWS1
FWWS1  3
24 Jul 2011 - 8:26 AM

Great capture...

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2011 - 9:22 PM

A wonderful sequence of nature shots Ray, that poor oystercatcher doesn't know which way to tern!

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