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What a warm day yesterday was, I got plenty done in the garden, the tatties are planted finally, the cricket was missed, but the tea still flowed. Oh, and the dogs lay asleep on the settee during all this activity, proving I am nothing like a dog, bare with me I have an itch behind my ear which I can only reach with my foot.
Today is tidy up day, there is loads of rubbish in the garden which needs chucking. Who said "there will be more rubbish when I go outside", the cheek of it.
It seems never ending at the minute, although it will be worth all the work in the end, I hope. I can see myself sitting out there with the BBQ going, enjoying fresh veg and pretty flowers with buzzy bees and other insects going about their business of posing for photographs. Of course, by the time I've finished there will probably be snow on the ground and Santa going down the chimney. Being stubborn or so I'm told, I'll still sit out with the BBQ alight enjoying sprouts and empty flower beds in my hawaiin shorts. What an awful thought, not the cold but me in shorts. Having said all that, at least the insects will be easier to photograph cocooned inside tiny ice cubes.

Todays upload was taken the very day I got my little Nikon.
I took a wander around Mowbray Park in Sunderland, the sun was going down and there were the remains of the snowfall from a few days before. Everyone was wrapped up to try and keep out the bitter cold. There were children playing in the distant playground, the sound of which broke the deathly silence that had fallen over the rest of the park.
I was not alone as I meandered around the pond looking at the birds, a lady arrived with a bag of bread to feed the adbundance of feathered friends that were calmly enjoying the water and the slight warmth of the low sun.
As the bread crumbs began to be scattered the birds flocked around the lady, once alone in her small area of the park she now had hundreds of friends all wanting to be with her, even if only for a short while.
Watching from the other side of the pond, I felt a bit like someone who hadn't been invited to a party, but was watching the festivities through a window.
I decided I would capture this moment, just as I took the shot there was a loud noise from the nearby road, this spooked the birds who left rather hurriedly as if a fire alarm had been rung, none of them saying thank you or goodbye to their host.
The birds never returned, it was as if they blamed the lady for the noise.
She spread the remaining crumbs around, wrapped herself tightly in her coat and made for the exit.
The party was over.

I hope you like this one, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Camera:Nikon Coolpix S570 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Feb 2010 - 3:34 PM
Focal Length:25mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.7
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Feeding the Birds
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:21 May 2012 - 12:00 PM
Tags:Birds, Bread, Cold, Feed, Park. mowbray, Party, Portraits / people, Sun, Winter
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saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 12:05 PM

Fantastic and wonderful capture,very well done,

franken Plus Member 123585 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 1:33 PM

Impressive capture.


gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 2:06 PM

I come on site thinking I have a few moments to catch up on a few and find myself using them to read your write ups, I just get immersed in your stories and the time is gone, great fun though, a great shot too. - gary

nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 2:35 PM

Good reading and shot!Smile

christinecilia Plus Member 3christinecilia vcard England
21 May 2012 - 2:58 PM

great photo like it Grin

taggart Plus Member 1146 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 3:05 PM

Amazing chaos!

mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 3:18 PM

I believe you Andy,and I am sure that it was not you that let off the bang to get the pic' !!
Good shot of them all in a flutter here.

mrswoolybill Critique Team 8774 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1264 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 4:16 PM

Quote: Amazing chaos!

Spot on.
I like the flurry of wings, I find the top section of the frame distracting. I'd be inclined to crop down to the 'top' of the path, the point where it turns sharp left and disappears from sight.

woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 4:37 PM

I am a great admirer of little compact cameras - in the right hands. They prove that it's the photographer that takes the picture after all. And the motion blur is a treat!. If in doubt, shoot Smile
Love the story - as usual.

jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
21 May 2012 - 5:23 PM

Takes a lot of bread to feed them all


danbrann Plus Member 10543 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 5:41 PM

Tip top Andy.

21 May 2012 - 6:02 PM

Wonderful flurry of wings. I have a similar image in my PF and I was glad the birds didn't fly over me. I do agree with Moira about the crop from the top. I think it will simplify the image and remove distracting objects.


21 May 2012 - 8:51 PM

What a mass of birds, didn't notice the lady at fist.

ugly Plus Member 7ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2012 - 11:08 AM

very nice work..
A vote from me...


Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2012 - 10:30 PM

You've caught the action superbly Andy and your write up was most entertaining to read as always

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