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These are juvenile flamingos. As everyone who knows their Alice in Wonderland will appreciate, flamingos have only one practical use, and that is as croquet mallets.
I was pleased with this one, the babies were in a nursery pen and the picture was taken with the lens pressed up against chicken wire.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D7000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Mar 2014 - 3:17 PM
Focal Length:85mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Trainee croquet mallets
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:6 Apr 2014 - 7:45 AM
Tags:Humour / fun, Pets / captive animals, Photo journalism, Silly sunday
Votes:51

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104246 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 8:10 AM

now where's that number for the RSPCA? WinkGrinGrinGrin

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 8:13 AM

An excellent capture, Moira. Carol

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 8:26 AM

I always remember that was the one bit in Alice in Wonderland that I didn't like.

Albert

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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 167 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England79 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 8:30 AM

GrinGrinGrin Brilliant

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 8:53 AM

Good ole wonderland.....

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franken
franken e2 Member 123261 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 8:59 AM

Lovely image, Moira.

When I opened the thumbnail my early morning blurry eyes registered, birds, feathers and beaks and I needed another look in order to confirm it was your upload!Smile

Ken

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 9:07 AM

Smashing image Moira, I like the dof and comp' here. Nice detail and colour too.

John Smile

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8526 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1090 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 9:28 AM


Quote: now where's that number for the RSPCA?


Quote: I always remember that was the one bit in Alice in Wonderland that I didn't like.

I don't think the birdies are over impressed either. This lot looked as though they would put up a good fight.

Quote: When I opened the thumbnail my early morning blurry eyes registered, birds, feathers and beaks and I needed another look in order to confirm it was your upload!

I like to shock you occasionally... I have no interest in bird photography in the classic bird-on-stick, every-feather-pin-sharp, focus-on-the-eyes-or-be-forever-damned sense. (The obsession with pin-sharp feathers seems to be akin to only looking at a human portrait to see if the hair is sharp...) But I am interested in character, individuality, behaviour, life. Mainly in humans, but other creatures can do it to...
Cheers everyone,
Moira

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64838 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 10:40 AM

Lovely and fluffy. Never seen a youngster. Smile

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mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 10:50 AM

Excellent SmileSmileSmile.

Dave.

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 11:43 AM

Very witty and beautifully photographed too!
Rende

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 11:46 AM

Very good study Moira.....and the pun.
Ron

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 437 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 12:22 PM

Yes! I cannot look at these birds without thinking Alice and Wonderland!

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 12:54 PM

I'm trying to picture them as a croquet mallet. It seems Sunday Silly alright. I must have missed parts of Alice in Wonderland. They are pinkless at the moment.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 1:01 PM

They do make excellent croquet mallets though, don't they?! Grin I'm with you Moira - birds on sticks are OK if they're doing something, not just sat there, and can be boring to us non-twitchers! Wink A great composition and capture here Smile
Trev Smile

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 2:40 PM

Great title for this image Moira, but were is AliceWinkSmileSmile

Cliff

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 3:02 PM

I always considered myself as the Mad Hatter character Moira,
but that will not surprise you I suppose !!
Mick.

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1910 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 5:56 PM

Excellent image, Moira. Are these the ones at Washington?
Nigel

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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 167 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England79 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 5:57 PM

I actually once played the Mad Hatter in a production of the tea party scene from "Alice" at my primary school. I recall that I was provided with an enormous top hat, (price 10/6d), and the tea was actually Dandelion & Burdock pop.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8526 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1090 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 6:12 PM


Quote: I must have missed parts of Alice in Wonderland.

The proof.

Quote: I always considered myself as the Mad Hatter character Moira,


Quote: I actually once played the Mad Hatter in a production of the tea party scene from "Alice" at my primary school. I recall that I was provided with an enormous top hat, (price 10/6d), and the tea was actually Dandelion & Burdock pop.

We have a few Mad Hatters here.

Quote: Are these the ones at Washington?

Yep, I've given the precise Map location for their enclosure.

Quote: Great title for this image Moira, but where is Alice

Mad Alice was behind the camera.
Cheers folks,
Moira

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2014 - 8:41 PM

I have to admit I am drawn mainly to wildlife but a variation is a welcome sight - we were told at camera club the other night by a well chosen judge, photography is not what it used to be! A little something extra is required in this day and age and manipulation, it seems is acceptable - I much prefer natural myself, I do very little to my photographs time being of the essence and I am not clever - yours Moira is a well composed image with good detail and a good bright eyeSmile

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lblythe
lblythe  1 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2014 - 9:02 PM

Quality shot.
L

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2014 - 4:11 AM

Great compo and DOF, wonderful enough.

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flowerpower59
flowerpower59 e2 Member 1flowerpower59 vcard United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 - 8:01 AM

Super Moira...in tricky circumstances. Love the b/g colours and the fact that the blue tones with the bills.

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21 Apr 2014 - 5:42 PM

You've composed this shot so superbly Moira, flamingos are rarely co-operative when it comes to being photographed, they either have their heads tucked away under their wings or burried in the mud or they are huddled together in small groups which makes isolating inidviduals difficult!

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