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A near full frame capture (just a little cropped from the RHS) of a wild Male Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) half hidden in the heather. Taken near Aviemore, in The Cairngorms National Park, Scottish Highlands.

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my Red Squirrels image with a special thank you to Steve(SteveMoulding) and to Adrian(tomcat) for their User Awards - all very much appreciated and valued Smile

Brand:Canon
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Mar 2013 - 12:41 PM
Focal Length:700mm taken 22.6m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:I've got my eye on you .....
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:2 Apr 2013 - 1:18 PM
Tags:Aviemore, Bird, Cairngorms national park, Capercaillie, Eye, Heather, Male, Scottish highlands, Seeing, Tetrao urogallus, Wild, Wildlife / nature
Votes:65

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 1:26 PM

Another excellent shot of this elusive bird, Sylvia, with the selective focussing from the wide aperture working a treat.
Ronnie.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 1:31 PM

Wonderful capture of this rather rare and elusive bird Sylvia. Fabulous shot.
Ron

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PhilSingleton
PhilSingleton e2 Member 2PhilSingleton vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 1:50 PM

Another lovely shot Sylvia. Super detail and DOF as always.

Phil.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 2:00 PM

Good timing and details - colours here Sylvia
regards Richard

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 2:10 PM

Great exposure and rich color Sylvia, just fantastic......John

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colin beeley
colin beeley e2 Member 111070 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 2:13 PM

looks like your Scottish trip was a good'n Wink

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 2:46 PM

Brilliant shot. P:]

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christinecilia
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2 Apr 2013 - 3:34 PM

great shot well done. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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johnjo58
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2 Apr 2013 - 3:45 PM

Another stunner Sylvia,

David

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Bzox
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2 Apr 2013 - 3:49 PM

Beautiful image!

Zoran

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 - 4:04 PM

Great image. Excellent DoF.

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6534 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 4:31 PM

You really nailed this. - gary

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Goodley
Goodley  4 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 - 5:46 PM

very good sylvia,
kev.

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Norfolkboy
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2 Apr 2013 - 6:16 PM

Superb, Sylvia.
Colin

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tomcat
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2 Apr 2013 - 6:44 PM

Just keep 'em coming Sylvia


Adrian

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Craggwildlife
Craggwildlife e2 Member 572 forum postsCraggwildlife vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 6:45 PM

lovely capture
David

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 7:19 PM

I like the hebridean galley-like shape to the bird, adrift in the heather. It creates a more graphic comp, one of your trademarks really and usually heralds your most awarded images. This one draws attention to the head and the tail obviously but allows the viewer to really appreciate them especially with the uniform surroundings. Outstanding! Smile

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Brian65
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2 Apr 2013 - 7:42 PM

Fantastic again Sylvia.
Brian

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jennialexander
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2 Apr 2013 - 8:21 PM

Another stunning image Sylvia.
Jenni

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Louise_Morris
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2 Apr 2013 - 8:36 PM

Simply stunning Sylvia. Lou

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 8:53 PM

Wow... another stunner, well captured...love the pose

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 8:54 PM

Superb Sylvia - it's been an excellent set of images of this bird. It was born to pose !!!!Smile
Brian.

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Lillian
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2 Apr 2013 - 8:57 PM

What a shot Sylvia
perfect
Lillian

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rogerdoger
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2 Apr 2013 - 9:05 PM

Great Shot again
Roger

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 9:19 PM

Nature photography at it's best, a very fine capture Sylvia.
David

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dave1967
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2 Apr 2013 - 10:00 PM

Quality shot
Dave

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2013 - 9:00 PM

A lovely reminder of your wonderful Capercaillie series of images Sylvia.

Trev

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 - 9:14 PM

Amazing capture Sylvia.
Shaun

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Glostopcat
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3 Apr 2013 - 9:41 PM

What a wonderful pose from this proud gamebird, he's putting on quite a display for you

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