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spent a pleasant afternoon at Tichwell reserve in Norfolk yesterday. we found this Avocet (The RSPB logo bird ) dipping about in the shallows and spent a while watching and snapping away. he was later joined by a spotted redshank in summer plumage whos pics i will post another time.

anyway, whilst we are on with the RSPB , im in awe at the work they do on the reserves and im totally happy about paying 4 to get in Tichwell in fact id happily pay 5. however im surprised that they have adopted the hard sell, and set on ex door to door vacuum salesmen to man the gate. it took me nearly 20 mins to get past the man on the entrance and in fact the only way we would have been in before sunset was to promise that if i got a picture of a Bittern in flight, We would come back and take a family ticket (but only if he reinbursed the parking) ive dont a bit of negotiating contracts myself Wink

now this ploy nearly went all wrong because a Bittern was in fact seen just after we arrived. I deliberately didnt have a shot at it in case the attendant checked my camera back on the way out Grin

by the way we will have the bagless upright supercharched hoover when you pass Bolsover next

is it me or are these digi-scopers a secret sect. they stand in coveys and clumps in corners pointing in directions where i can see absolutely nothing and chat endlessly about sightings which are totally out of sight to me, can you see for miles through them?? im mystified. its the same near home, every sunday 8 to 10 of them meet and stand on an obscure corner near Carburton lake but with nothing in sight at all and the lake at least 3/4 mile away.

also what is it with togs who spend 5 to 6k on a 500mm prime and then point it at great tits partially obsured by branches in the wildlife reserves. wouldnt you think they would have gotten to the bird on a stick stage before shelling out all that cash. if you are spending all that on a lens, make it count chaps. WinkWink

thanks for looking
Phil

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:150-500sigma os
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Apr 2012 - 2:29 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Title:Avocet
Username:NEWMANP NEWMANP
Uploaded:8 Apr 2012 - 6:23 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature, Wildlife / nature /tichwell/ norfolk/ nature reserve/ wader
Votes:19

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Kim Walton
Kim Walton e2 Member 10144 forum postsKim Walton vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 6:25 PM

Don`t come much better than this Smile

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61581 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom572 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 6:27 PM

thanks Kim

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
8 Apr 2012 - 6:39 PM

Excellent capture! IB

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Trev_B e2 Member 7100 forum postsTrev_B vcard England61 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 7:14 PM

Very nice detail Phil... I love the ramblings in your write upGrin

Trev

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saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 7:21 PM

Excellent and lovely capture,well taken too,
saeid

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 4EMJAYCEE vcard England9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 8:29 PM

A vdery good shot of this elegant bird.
Joan.

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61581 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom572 Constructive Critique Points
8 Apr 2012 - 9:29 PM

wow, thanks for the award Stuart
Phil

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vixalot
vixalot  3 England
10 Apr 2012 - 5:36 PM

Fantastic shot Phil
Sometimes at those places I have been known to point and make comments like 'wow look at that', they all spin around start looking but not asking what I have spoted then on the way out of the hide say something like 'what a pritty sparrow it was' you can hear them grumbling Wink
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