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The Swallows arrived in our area yesterday and this little one had the misfortune to fly into the glass of a large window, knocking itself out. We put it in a quiet, shady place on the grass in the garden, with water nearby, and left it to hopefully recover. Several hours later it was still huddled in the same position, eyes closed, with the sun edging towards the shaded area. I tipped a little water over its beak and the eyes opened. It still sat for a while, giving me the chance of taking a few pictures. I then sprinkled beak and breast plumage with a little more water, whereupon the little bird flapped its wings, flew into a nearby bush then soared away into the distance Smile
Virtually a full frame capture taken from 2m away, handheld. I was lying flat to get a low POV, but this gave the bright "mushy" foreground of sunlit grass. Not sure whether this is too distracting so would be interested in hearing any views you may have.

Many thanks for your support of my last upload, with a special thank you to Ronnie(RonnieAG), David(Graggwildlife) and David(johnjo58) for their User Awards - much appreciated and valued Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:6 May 2013 - 4:26 PM
Focal Length:300mm 2m from subject, handheld
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Never Say Die
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:7 May 2013 - 12:13 PM
Tags:Amber list, Bird, Garden, Hirunda rustica, Migratory, Stunned, Swallow, Wild, Wildlife / nature
Votes:37

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debu
debu  4 India
7 May 2013 - 12:23 PM

So cute! lovely one.
debu

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
7 May 2013 - 12:38 PM

This is very beautiful... Grin
IB

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 2M_squared vcard United Kingdom
7 May 2013 - 12:50 PM

Valiant effort.
It's a beautiful picture, well exposed.

The foreground:
I would be quite happy with it. I suppose that, if you felt strongly about it, you could create an adjustment layer and use it to alter the immediate foreground to suit your taste. Just an opinion.Grin

Last Modified By M_squared at 7 May 2013 - 12:51 PM

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 1111 forum postsColleenA vcard South Africa3 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2013 - 12:57 PM

A great capture, poor little thing, what an adventure...he does look a bit grumpy, maybe has a sore headGrinGrinGrin...the foreground does not worry me

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2013 - 1:03 PM

This happens so often, the poor little things aren't always so lucky. A lovely image and the f/g is fine for me.......Sandy

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6191 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2013 - 1:13 PM


Quote: Valiant effort.
It's a beautiful picture, well exposed.

The foreground:
I would be quite happy with it. I suppose that, if you felt strongly about it, you could create an adjustment layer and use it to alter the immediate foreground to suit your taste. Just an opinion.Grin

Many thanks for that, MalcolmSmile. In fact should have mentioned in the description that I had done that and it did tone the highlights down to their present state, but further manipulation just rendered it unnatural. Should have put it up for mods Blush
Sylvia

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7100 forum postsTrev_B vcard England61 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2013 - 1:14 PM

A gorgeous little Swallow... I suspect it was in need of some Paracetamol for it's headacheWink

Trev

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2013 - 2:38 PM

You can buy bird silhouettes to stick on the windows, the birds as you probably know cannot distinguish glass, I have these on all my windows that face south, the stickers are of birds of prey, they work as we have had no hits for over 2 years..........GrinGrinGrin These stickers save lots of lives..........GrinGrinGrin

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 - 3:17 PM

Beauty

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richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2013 - 3:25 PM

Nice image!! I like it a lot!!

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Bzox
Bzox e2 Member 1Bzox vcard Bosnia and Herzegovina
7 May 2013 - 3:58 PM

Excellent picture, great color, sharpen and bookeh.

Zoran

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12276 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2013 - 4:36 PM

Well done you - both on the the photographic front...and for the rescue Grin

Mike

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2013 - 8:11 PM

Well done Sylvia on getting it recovered and a great image
Richard

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2013 - 10:17 PM

A delightful image of this beautiful summer visitor Sylvia, glad to hear that this little one survived and lived to fly another day thanks to you coming to its aid. When I read your opening line I thought the ending would be too hard to swallow! (awful pun intended, I'll make a swift exit!Blush

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2013 - 7:17 AM

A delightful shot - quite the lifesaver!!!!Smile

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2013 - 11:21 AM

Well done indeed for your 'recovery' actions. A very sympathetic image.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2013 - 9:00 PM

Thank goodness all turned out well, I had a similar experience many years ago, I can still remember holding the
beautiful little bird until it recovered and the joy of watch it fly away.
Very well captured Sylvia, no problems with the foreground at all, I just love the way you captured it with the head
slightly turned with that lovely bright eye, a fine image.
David

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