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Washington Wetlands lived up to its name. (By the way, when did it cease to be Washington Wildfowl Trust? And why do serious places have to sound like adventure theme parks these days?)
It was a grim grey day, though not quite as bad as had been forecast. I went with our local Nature Watch group. Feathers 'n' fur are not my thing, but I treated this as an interesting exercise. I shall upload a job lot all together to avoid prolonging the embarrassment, although I do have one more upload to come. It's feathered but inanimate.
V1 – Fiona (flowerpower59) and I were fascinated by the flamingos. Unlike the rest of what was on offer, they looked really good against muddy water. This one was tricky, it's straight (check the reflections of the flamingos' legs), but the trees above are windblown and stand at an angle, so their reflections don't look straight...
V2 – More reflections, mandarin ducks this time.
V3 - A red-beaked black swan.
V4 – Feeding time for the otters.
V5 – Schoolchildren watching the otters. This is much more my sort of wildlife...
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55.0-200.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Mar 2014 - 12:27 PM
Focal Length:90mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1250
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Wet day in Washington
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:7 Apr 2014 - 8:04 AM
Tags:Pets / captive animals, Photo journalism
Votes:63
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Fabulous capture with amazing reflections Smile

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fentiger Plus Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:21 AM

A most unexpected set of pleasing images.

Albert

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AnneB50
AnneB50  2117 forum posts Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:28 AM


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prolonged embarrassment!
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what are you on about!

One of the nice things, I think anyway, about wet and windy days is that the lines and texture stands out more and it certainly does in these images Moira. I love the water droplets on the swan's head and the shape of the log that the otter is sitting on. Not bad for someone who doesn't do fur and feathers!!

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:31 AM

A super set, Moira, I love those flamingoes, such a gorgeous colour, and they create wonderful reflections. Carol

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whatriveristhis Plus Member 277 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England93 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:37 AM

Fair enough you'd have been happier if you could've found a patch of nice stinging nettles, or something in a shallow grave, but these aren't half bad, Moira. The Otter's cute, but the Black Swan's the standout image here... very classy.


Alan

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 8:42 AM

funnily I couldnt decide between flamingo or black swan....Wink
mine are a stronger colour... as we know its the diet.

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7 Apr 2014 - 9:10 AM

"always separate your colours before washing!!" GrinGrin

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NDODS
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7 Apr 2014 - 9:16 AM

I used to take the kids here when they were small the Flamingoes were always the first port of call, from there everything seemed to go down hill...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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7 Apr 2014 - 9:41 AM

Fine set of images. Ted. GrinGrin

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franken
franken Plus Member 123477 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 10:05 AM

Excellent set, Moira, I'm drawn to versions 3 & 4.

Ken

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leontari
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7 Apr 2014 - 10:14 AM

A fabulous set of images.
Effrossini

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flowerpower59
flowerpower59 Plus Member 2flowerpower59 vcard United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 - 11:09 AM

Excellent Moira. Love the swan most of all......it's a "macro thing" can't help myself Blush

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mikbee
mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 11:52 AM

Yes,i did think the uploads were a bit ''unMoira'' like,
until I came to the last one !!
A change to see so well done for that.
Mick.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8690 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1197 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 11:58 AM


Quote: One of the nice things, I think anyway, about wet and windy days is that the lines and texture stands out more

Grey weather certainly works with colours (naturally saturated... ) and textures, not so sure about wind helping!

Quote: Fair enough you'd have been happier if you could've found a patch of nice stinging nettles, or something in a shallow grave, but these aren't half bad, Moira.

Something in a shallow grave... Hmmm... I'm getting ideas...

Quote: prolonged embarrassment... what are you on about!

I have a reputation to protect.
Cheers everyone. I like to surprise you occasionally. But humans are my idea of wildlife, I'll be back with them tomorrow.
Moira

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Joline
Joline Plus Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 12:12 PM

For someone who doesn't often do "nature shots" these are simply fabulous. The colors are wonderful, thanks to the overcast light. V2 is my favorite, followed closely by v3. Both are exceptional shots.

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Daisymaye
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7 Apr 2014 - 12:39 PM

V1 is very cool with nearly all their heads bowed, like they are saying morning prayers. V3 is a great close-up, and then V5, where you've shown an expression and a windy day. Those are my favourites. A good set though.

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 Plus Member 21080 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 1:41 PM

Great set of images, Moira. I like the Black Swan best.

Nigel

By the way, when did it cease to be Washington Wildfowl Trust?

Washington is still part or the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust which has kept the same name, so far as I am aware, since it was founded by Peter Scott in the 1940's. I think that most of their reserves have the suffix wetland centre e.g. Caelaverock Wetland Centre, Slimbridge Wetland Centre etc. I think Wildfowl Trust was just shortened from Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The organisation does seem to have played more on the term Wetlands Centre in more recent years, for what reason, I don't know.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8690 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1197 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 1:48 PM

Thanks for the background Nigel. I used to go to Slimbridge regularly as a child, and it was always the Wildfowl Trust, no frills. The current name reminds me just a bit too much of the unlamented Wet N Wild at North Shields...
Moira

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7 Apr 2014 - 2:12 PM

Plenty of birds at Wet N Wild Moira.........Not always easy to get these flamingos the way you want them as there is rather a lot of them. I'll go with picture no 3 as my favourite.

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7 Apr 2014 - 2:28 PM

A great wildlife set!

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7 Apr 2014 - 3:47 PM

I love the use of reflection, and the light on the water. A good reward for sallying forth on such a wet day.

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Hercules
Hercules  2 Canada
7 Apr 2014 - 4:41 PM

Well Moria, for me a novice photographer I'm in awe of your photos, I hope one day I'll be able to get just one great photo..for me they are wonderful Smile

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7 Apr 2014 - 5:59 PM

Well, coming out of the closet and uploading pink doesn't seem to have hurt too much, Moira. At least you can sleep better now.Wink
I gave a bird image a GEA last week, but am coming to terms with it through therapy.Grin

Malc

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8690 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1197 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 6:11 PM

Hercules, thanks for a lovely compliment - I've learned so much from the site, keep participating here and you will learn too.
Malc, I have another pink upload to come some time. Pass me the address of your therapist...
Cheers everyone, better go and feed Bill now.
Moira

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Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 - 6:17 PM

A delightful set, Moira.

P.

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7 Apr 2014 - 6:27 PM

A very well taken and chosen set Moira, so unlike your normal; style, but VERY pleasing to the Eye indeed.

John Smile

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7 Apr 2014 - 6:34 PM

Excellent work, great captures!
George

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7 Apr 2014 - 6:51 PM

A wonderful set Moira, 2,3 and 4 are superb. Pity they're not your preferred subjects, they seem to like your camera.
Excellent work.

Dave.

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7 Apr 2014 - 7:37 PM

Excellent set MoiraSmile

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7 Apr 2014 - 8:06 PM

5 lovely images with V3 my favourite. SmileSmile

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7 Apr 2014 - 8:24 PM

Preferred subject or not you can still see the attention to composition, exposure and dof.

Dave

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7 Apr 2014 - 8:37 PM

I suspect that you can probably take pictures of absolutely anything, Moira, but simply have your preferences. These birdie pics show your versatility, and V1 is particularly pleasing.

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7 Apr 2014 - 9:39 PM

Nice variety of images and I especially like the flamingo reflections.
regards
Yung

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8 Apr 2014 - 3:11 AM

An amazing set, Moira. Each image is excellent and well framed, especially the first one. I love the way you reserved a large space for the reflections.

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8 Apr 2014 - 7:36 AM

mandarin duck & reflection is a delight

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8 Apr 2014 - 5:44 PM

lovely set

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21 Apr 2014 - 5:40 PM

An excellent and varied set of images from your day out at your local wetlands centre Moira, v2 of the mandarin duck and drake and v5 of the young boy with a look of wonderment on his face are my favourites. I agree with you regards to the name of the place, Slimbridge is now known as Slimbridge Wetlands Centre. I tend to avoid the main grounds when I visit unless aiming to take shots of people interacting with some of the tame birds, and usually visit the hides and quiet corners where you see wild birds.

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