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Not a winner but a first.

These two images are nowhere near good enough to post really, they are soft and noisy. But as a record of seeing a bird I had never seen before I thought you might like to see him.
Unfortunately it was a busy sunny Sunday afternoon along the coast and my wife and I were taking a stroll along the beach and as all keen photographers, took my camera, hoping to catch a few seabirds in flight. Alas there were none around but a few sparrows collecting nest material deep in the bushes. On our walk back skywatching I just caught, out of the corner of my eye, some movement and bird appeared on a rock some distance away. I moved a little closer and took a grab shot from far away not having time to check my settings (bad boy) just in case I disturbed him. Just then a kid ran up the beach and shoo'd him, to say I was annoyed would be polite, little ******, so I got the one pretty poor grab shot. I persuaded my wife to rest for a while and we took a bench for half an hour hoping for his return, alas not a sign. So reluctantly we moved on. Just a short time later further along the beach he appeared again but even more distant. Trying to be more stealthy I kept low and tried to get closer. Flighty birds these and again he took to the air but landed only a short way away I took the opportunity to grab another distant shot but again he was gone. The tale of the not too close disappearing Wheatear.
So here they are, two grab shots, handheld, distant, soft on focus and grainy with added heat haze. I don't expect these to do well but it's a record of seeing my first Northern Wheatear, a beautiful dainty bird.

Thursday morning I am hoping to go to the WWT at Arundel so if anybody wants to join me they are more than welcome and I would be pleased to have their company.

Thanks for all the C&C's on my uploads they are very much appreciated and I haven't seen so many Awww's before on the last pic.

Many thanks, have a great week.
Steve.
P.S.
You are welcome to play with them and improve them as my skills with PS are not that good.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:sigma 150-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Not a winner but a first.
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:20 Apr 2010 - 10:28 AM
Tags:Bird, Migrant, Northern wheatear, Wheatear, Wildbird, Wildlife / nature
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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 10:34 AM

lovely set of image,well done.
saeid

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 10:35 AM

Congratulations of seeing this little fellow for the 1st time and indeed for 2 very good grab shots, given all the difficulties. He's a neat little bird and very elegant by the looks of things.

Ann

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 10:37 AM

Love V1 who cares about the quality ?

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gingerdelight
20 Apr 2010 - 11:36 AM

Quality? If not, so what? Just the sheer joy of capturing this more than makes up for that, I'm sure. Great shots, well done!
Carol

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Adrian_Reynolds
20 Apr 2010 - 11:55 AM

Photography is as much about taking a fleeting opportunity, as it is about setting up a staged shot, you obviously have high standards, I like both these images, as all above have said,
well done on taking the opportunity,
Adrian

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 12:44 PM

Well spotted, its not always possible to get the "perfect" shot, so congrats on your first.

Glyn

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 12:53 PM

2 lovely captures
Kaleena

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 3:06 PM

two crackers steve nice ones Wink
andy

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morpheus1955
20 Apr 2010 - 3:08 PM

Two super captures, I especially like V1. I am never that lucky when I am trying to capture images of wild birds, I think they sense what I am trying to do and scatter Smile

Hugh

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maggieh
maggieh  6 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 - 3:59 PM

V1 shows the detail of this bird. You may say it is soft, but it is a good shot that demonstrates the shape and colouring of this Northern Wheatear.
maggie

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 - 4:54 PM

2 Great captures Steve, thats the main thing.
Brian

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finepetportraits

I think they're great shots. You should see the 'record shots' I took of my first ever skylark today! You'd laugh and realise how good your pix are!!! Wink
May I ask where you saw these?

Last Modified By finepetportraits at 20 Apr 2010 - 5:33 PM

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 5:33 PM

brilliant shots and find

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 5:50 PM

Two captures are better than none - especially of this lovely bird

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 6:47 PM

Congrats on your patience- agreat reward in the end and at least you have proof of having seen him. Spot on.
Ron

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franken
franken e2 Member 123171 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 7:02 PM

Both are very good.

Ken

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 7:53 PM

Two grand record shots for you and pleased you got them as I am beginning to understand the need for them ..... as a member of WWt would love to be there Thursday but my boss may have other ideas ! Colin

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
20 Apr 2010 - 8:54 PM

V1 for me Steve.Nice one.

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goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 9:28 PM

They both look fine to me Steve - a great first for you - and me actually; I don't think I've seen one before either...Bill

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2010 - 10:09 PM

Two nice wheatear captures Steve,well done.................

Tony.

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bromley-smith
20 Apr 2010 - 10:50 PM

New to me too Steve, great captures.
Tony

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Bowenite
Bowenite  5 Australia
20 Apr 2010 - 11:57 PM

What a cute little fellow he is. Nicely photographed. Cheers Gordon.

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WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 9:27 AM

What an excellent opportunity very well captured Steve !! Two excellent images and a great addition to ones PF !! Top marks here

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 3:47 PM

Excellent captures. They are winners with me Smile
Carol

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2010 - 6:30 PM

Lol...love your write-up. Miserable kid Smile

Andrew

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2010 - 10:15 PM

Very nice find Steve and nicely captured too.
Shaun

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2010 - 8:26 AM

It's always great to record a "first." Despite the problems, you've managed very well here, Steve. Well done.
Interesting/amusing narrative, too!
Terry

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Alan_Coles
25 Apr 2010 - 6:27 PM

Great shot Steve...I love these birds. See them a lot when walking my dog but never been close enough to get a shot - need some stalking methinks.

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