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By Paintman
Everyone seems to be talking about birds on sticks in the Forum, so I thought I'd head off into the Forest to try my luck and see how difficult it really is.

I didn't use a hide, but used my years of field craft, knowledge of the subject and stealth to capture these very jittery little things. I used a fast shutter speed to stop their movements from appearing as blurs on the photo. I think this was 1/4000th of a second @ f8.

To attract them I set up a feeding station and put out their favorite food, hundreds and thousands, then waited. It wasn't long before the first youngster became interested. I think it's a rare form of Goldcrest, but I'll bow to other's greater knowledge if they can identify it.

Thanks for all the comments and votes on my previous up-loads, much appreciated.

Tags: Bird Stick Humour Wildlife and nature

Voters: Glashutte, CathyI, MelanieB and 40 more

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Glashutte 11 21 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2011 5:41PM

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MelanieB 8 6
26 Mar 2011 5:55PM
lol...thank funny!! (btw no. 3 is the funniest!! Wink )
26 Mar 2011 6:00PM
Wonderful humour!!!GrinGrin Looks like its a mating ritual on V3 so we can maybe look forward to the patter of extremely tiny feet eh? You get a vote for the fun side and glad at last someone can be lighthearted about it all - I've read it too!! Louise
Brian_Scott 8 42 27 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2011 6:08PM
26 Mar 2011 6:14PM
great work made me laugh also thank you for the mod on my photo
26 Mar 2011 6:20PM
GrinGrinGrinGrin So funny.

KathyW 14 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
26 Mar 2011 6:30PM
pudd64 8 16 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2011 6:34PM
GrinGrinGrin Still laughing
regards martin
VidB 9 11 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2011 6:37PM
Red crested ballet bird very rare in this country very well spotted and captured, cracking humour LOL
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2011 6:38PM
Certainly raised a chuckle Alan.
A tad of humour on what was/still is (I haven't checked yet) a touchy subject

JohnoP 12 2
26 Mar 2011 6:42PM
Taking a leaf out of your book now Alan and off to make myself a feeding station somewhere in Dorset, as can't believe how successful your trip was! Made me laugh! Brilliant! John
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
26 Mar 2011 6:46PM
made me chuckle. lesley
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
26 Mar 2011 6:48PM
Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!! Great fun.
Now you've got to do the stuffed squirrel in the snow for good measure! :; Smile Smile Smile

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
26 Mar 2011 7:30PM
That's the masterclass for Cheryl then....Tongue LOL
Tidy birds they are too....Smile
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
26 Mar 2011 7:41PM
Nice one Alan - made me proper chuckle!!!Smile

maroondah 15 239 1 Australia
26 Mar 2011 8:03PM
Brought a smile to my face. Well thought out and photographed.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2011 8:35PM
Love it! Thanks for making me laugh!GrinGrinGrin
GlenD 11 United States
27 Mar 2011 8:42AM
I first looked at V3 and thought OMG a guy at a strip club that shouldn't be put on here!! then I see the skirts phew!
good em
csurry 16 9.2k 92
27 Mar 2011 8:57AM
V1 for sure, I think the backlighting won in V4 Tongue
sherring 10 46 13 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 9:33AM
Great series. Very funny.

Ray42 10 3 England
27 Mar 2011 9:52AM
An excellent set - particularly like tht tu-tu's in v3 SmileSmileWinkWink
Stubill 10 107 England
27 Mar 2011 11:11AM
LOL. Class mate Grin
mex 10 27 3 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 2:50PM
LMAO nice 1. philWink
Karrol 9 29 England
27 Mar 2011 3:37PM

Can I visit your feedstation? You certainly know how to get them to
pose for you. V3 and 4 for me. Smile

Voting for the humour!
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 5:48PM
Glad to see people see the fun side of thisSmile

Thank you for your comments.

In the near future I'm attempting to spot a red squirrel in the New Forest. I've heard there's one about. I'll post the photos if I have any luck spotting itSmile

martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 10:41PM
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
28 Mar 2011 1:58PM
Fantastic work,love it,
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
29 Mar 2011 7:44PM
featured for a 2nd time as featured epz image of the moment!
maggie9 9 45 2 Scotland
29 Mar 2011 8:10PM
just magic Grin
..........[off to see if there is a coastal species]

zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
30 Mar 2011 7:12AM
tears rolling down in laughter, very well taken images. Grin
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
30 Mar 2011 4:13PM

You really must really watch the burn out in V4 Tongue Smile LOL
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
17 Jul 2011 8:59PM
V4 for me! It looks really narked!! Grin

Lovely images of our feathered friends too.
Cheers, Goggz

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