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Perhaps I should have named this 'Beware of the Vulture'. Prior to making an appearance on the perches at the IBPC this little chap landed on a gate and I couldn't resist the contrast between the inviting garden in spring bloom and the aggressive stance and expression of the vulture. Hope you like it Wink
Alun

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Mar 2011 - 3:14 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.7
Shutter Speed:1/350sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Gatekeeper!
Username:Tynnwrlluniau Tynnwrlluniau
Uploaded:23 Mar 2011 - 7:10 PM
Tags:General, Humour / fun, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2011 - 7:15 PM

Amazing capture,love it,
saeid

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hasu
hasu  6 United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2011 - 7:21 PM

Looks like he is warning you!!! excellent capture.... love it.

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2011 - 7:25 PM

hes eyeing you up, hope you didn't stand still for too long.

lovely capture.
ant.

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peter_hopson
23 Mar 2011 - 7:39 PM

think he can keep the gate brill capture,
pete

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angej
angej  10477 forum posts United Kingdom
23 Mar 2011 - 8:00 PM

Flaming ell, I don't think I would have got too close to himSmile

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Devon_Wild
23 Mar 2011 - 8:53 PM

Cracking shot...........Rob

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madbilly
madbilly  6 England4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2011 - 9:07 PM

What a brilliant shot !

Bill

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LesF
LesF  8178 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2011 - 9:10 PM

Fabulous

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vandalp
vandalp  6
23 Mar 2011 - 9:31 PM

Great capture Alun.
Vanda

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 543 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2011 - 11:08 PM

Thanks for the feedback. This was a happy co-incidence of right place, right time and luck Smile
Alun

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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2011 - 12:33 AM

Oooh, he is pretty scary looking - as you say, such a contrast to what is beyond. Great capture, Alun.
Christina

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7d
7d  3 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2011 - 3:47 AM

Something different,something fun.Another place on my visit list.
shaun.

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2011 - 9:09 AM

Happy coincidence maybe but a great result, the bird is very angry indeed. I'd be keeping well away from these talons. Great image.

Dougie

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Imagephotographics

Great capture Alun - don't think I'd have got too close to him though !

Chris

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Lusitano
Lusitano  4 Wales
24 Mar 2011 - 1:13 PM

What an super image...amazing detail on the feathers, the birds body language speaks volumes.
well done Alun.
Henrique

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wolfy
wolfy  1036 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Mar 2011 - 2:08 PM

Brilliant shot Alun, the details and expression are amazing!

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 543 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2011 - 4:16 PM

Thanks for your response to this bit of fun. Huge thanks to Wolfy for his award - really chuffed with that!
Shaun - I was very impressed with the ICBP at Newent. It seemed to be a very well run place with excellent care taken of the birds. Came away with some nice snaps.
Chris and Dougie - It's at times like these that a 100-400mm just doesn't feel long enough!
Henrique - It certainly seemed to be issuing a challenge and really made for a dramatic entrance to the flying field!
Wolfy - Many thanks my friend. I think the gate may be slightly off level Wink

Alun

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wolfy
wolfy  1036 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Mar 2011 - 6:43 PM

No probs Alun, its a superb timed shot indeed! Btw the gates fine but I think the Vulture's right wing is slightly off? Maybe just me its hard to tell Wink Tongue

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derekhansen e2 Member 6200 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2011 - 8:44 PM

Teriffic shot Alun. Super clarity.
Derek

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 543 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2011 - 9:11 PM

Wolfy - Grin

Derek - Thanks. I have a great copy of the 100-400 and AI Servo did the rest - and not a wave in sight!
Alun

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Karen_Summers
Karen_Summers e2 Member 5Karen_Summers vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2011 - 10:28 PM

great shot but I just love that title to

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 543 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2011 - 10:42 PM

Cheers Kaz Smile

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2011 - 4:54 AM

Wow! Excellent capture, superb detailed shot...........Sandy

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