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Help me! Wildlife problem.

adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
1 Sep 2012 10:31AM

Quote:I thought this was an honest forum!

Ah, such naievety from a new member. Wink
April 1st is every day on here!

Never mind George, keep coming back & you'll soon learn who are the wind-up merchants! Grin

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wildworlds 5 44
1 Sep 2012 12:35PM
Hi I think I got it by suggesting it was of the species “snailicus fasto crawlious” Wink ( like the Roman in "Life of Brian" call Biggus Dickus?

petebfrance 6 2.7k France
1 Sep 2012 12:37PM
Actually, having lived in France for 10 years, I can explain the phenomenum.
What you have come across is the 'quivering' or 'singing snail.'

It's curious behaviour was first noted in 1676 when an artist was recording a domestic scene in a French kitchen using a camera obscura with a reflex mirror. The noise and vibration of the mirror was sufficient to alert the creature to the presence of the camera obscura. Believing itself to be the centre of attention, the snail began to perform.

Whether or not the snails are sensitive to active (as opposed to passive) autofocus is open to debate, but since that date these creatures, 'elona vibrantibus horrenda vox,' have been a bit of a nuisance to other wildlife as they don't sing (or dance) very well - hence the tendency for wildlife to suddenly disappear at the sight of a camera.

The OP should buy a CSC, SLT or some other TLA - or stick to photographing bats.

wildworlds 5 44
1 Sep 2012 2:03PM
I hope this illustrates how panning helps?


macroman 15 15.3k England
1 Sep 2012 3:24PM
Ah! Panning...... an almost lost art, except amongst, Aerophilographers, Chiropterists and gold diggers. Smile

Excellent action shot, by the way.

Quote:Quote: I thought this was an honest forum!

The clue is in 'Light Hearted Chat'. Tongue

Whether or not the snails are sensitive to active (as opposed to passive) autofocus is open to debate,

And also to the effects of PSP 8. Grin

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