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Miserable, cold, wet, grey, it's a total tragedy, I forgot a cup of tea this morning. Sorry, did you think I was on about the weather. This is more important, I mean I had to pour it down the sink. That poor tea bag, all those innocent leaves, oh do I feel faint now, there's only one thing for it, I'll have to put the kettle on.

Isn't the weather awful again. The garden is under about an inch of water, it just can't drain quick enough. I had to take my son to college this morning, that was fun, plenty of lying water, flooded areas and spray to contend with.
I do feel sorry for the people who are suffering with flooding, I can't imagine anything worse than having an unstoppable force such as water penetrating and ruining your beloved home.
It's not as if the insurance companies jump straight into action either, some of the people are effectively homeless for up to a year waiting to get work done, work which is possible to complete within a month.

Today's upload is from a while ago and was taken from the hide at Rowlands Gill near Newcastle. I couldn't believe my luck when I spotted this Red Kite flying overhead. The day had been rubbish up until that point, nothing really doing, a swan and a duck, that was about it. I grabbed a few shots of this beauty. The sky was superb and clear as you can see, I thought then whilst cooped up in the hide how wonderful it would be to be truly free like this bird. All that open space, peace and stress free, what a dream.

V2 is for Mick, Happy Birthday mate, have a crackingly rusty day.

Hope you like it, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Jul 2009 - 1:49 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Free Bird
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:26 Nov 2012 - 11:39 AM
Tags:Bird, Fly, Free, Prey, Red kite, Sky, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 11:41 AM

A super capture, Andy, to be as free as a bird, wonderful Smile Carol

EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 11:57 AM

Wonderful shape in that highflying bird and set perfectly agains tthe clear blue.


Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 12:45 PM

Like the space in this Andy

johnjones  5 England
26 Nov 2012 - 12:56 PM

A lovely shot like this one alot.

WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51390 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 1:05 PM

Free as a bird, and the space strengthens that feeling.


nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 1:06 PM

Two cracking shots! The kite is brilliant and sharp against the blue sky, and the birthday card is excellent with the washed up wood planks smeared with juice of rust and the bolts with texture and all.SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 1:16 PM

A fine composition in V1, Andy; and I'm sure Mick will appreciate the nice pair in V2 Smile

re: the weather: I heard on the radio this morning that Devon and Somerset constabulary (I think it was) are putting out messages about drivers and standing water. The messages are (more or less) Your car can't swim and Remember you are driving a Honda not a Haddock. And even then somebody will get it wrong.


Last Modified By woolybill1 at 26 Nov 2012 - 1:17 PM
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8776 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1266 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 1:26 PM

V1 is as much about the freedom to soar, the miracle of flight as about the bird ID. Magnificent.
I've seen kites over the Tyne at Prudhoe, but not often - much more commonly on the Red Kite Trail . Not sure if there's a hide there though.
V2 - what a pair of beauties...

AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 1:36 PM

Sorry about your tea Andy. Sad Two great images - the red kite is very special, and v2 will hopefully please at least one of our band!

fentiger Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 3:02 PM

I like the bird in flight but the vote goes to the Mikbee special.


mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 3:49 PM

Good rust Andy.
And rust on the wood too !!
A splendid bit of grot.
And you even uploaded a bird too !!

christinecilia Plus Member 3christinecilia vcard England
26 Nov 2012 - 3:56 PM

love v1 great shot. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

sweetpea62 Plus Member 5sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2012 - 10:13 PM

V1 great in flight capture V2 great tones..Lin

27 Nov 2012 - 3:01 PM

V1 is all about freedom - beautiful and minimalist Andy.

I was not aware till too late about Mick's birthday, or I am sure I could have found some rust somewhere! It does seem to be everywhere doesn't it.

I've heard you all are having so much rain, and here we hardly have any. We had a demonstration of booming thunder and lightning last night and the clouds managed to squeeze out 0.03" of rain - more a tease than anything worthwhile!


mrswoolybill Critique Team 8776 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1266 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2012 - 7:23 PM

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