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maryg 9 66 18 Scotland
28 Apr 2009 12:59PM
What a beautiful , clean crisp image , lovely rich colours, first class

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brian1208 Plus
15 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 1:02PM
A beautiful shot of this pretty little bird.

Detail and colour are great but what a shame about the "Dead black eyes". A touch of fill-in flash would remedy that next time.

Still gets my vote
hary60 9 2 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 1:03PM
Superb shot brilliant
TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 1:03PM
High quality work with this, Tony. Clear & sharpe with a perfect exposure against the sky. Well done indeed.
28 Apr 2009 1:09PM
What a superb shot, wll captured.
28 Apr 2009 1:21PM
Cracking shot Tony... lovely detail and colour

28 Apr 2009 1:25PM
Thats a lovely photo, of a very handsome bird, well done

28 Apr 2009 1:29PM
well composed and well detailed.
ChazB 13 64 3 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 1:35PM
An excellent capture with lovely colours.
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 1:38PM
Many thanks for your comment brian1208,but i dont think a touch of fill-in flash would have helped me much,this shot was captured with a 170-500mm lens at full zoom and then cropped to bring it in even closer,so the flash would not have been of any use.

28 Apr 2009 2:06PM
Excelent shot, very good details and beautiful colors.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
28 Apr 2009 2:13PM
A fantastic capture, Tony. Carol
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
28 Apr 2009 2:22PM
What beautiful colour, this is fab Tony. - gary
Wilmot 9 338 1 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 2:24PM
Superb image
gwood 10 England
28 Apr 2009 2:32PM
Excellent detailed and colourful image..
Kevhan 10 4 England
28 Apr 2009 2:33PM
Super bird, super detail.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
28 Apr 2009 2:40PM
Fabulous color and detail, a brilliant capture.
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 2:53PM
Excellent capture Tony, great detail
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
28 Apr 2009 2:53PM
excellent !
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
28 Apr 2009 3:00PM
Awesome capture of this lovely bird...wonderful detail....Sandy
28 Apr 2009 3:44PM
Superb shot,
shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 4:06PM
Wow a superb image wonderful detail and super colours love it wow
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
28 Apr 2009 4:23PM
Cracking good capture Tony. Taken at full 500 zoom-- superb quality.
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
28 Apr 2009 4:35PM
Has to be the best Linnet I have witnessed on here. Superb detail, pin sharp and great exposure. If fill in flash had been used you would have lost the tones of the chest, such a difficult bird to expose well.
All this has been written with envy and worn out boots trying to get this close to
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 4:53PM
Very nice shot indeed, well captured.
piccy 12 8 Wales
28 Apr 2009 5:08PM
That's a beautiful shot.
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 5:21PM
What a fantastic shot--Love it
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
28 Apr 2009 5:23PM
What a tremendous image Tony, amazing detail and colours
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
28 Apr 2009 5:56PM
Agree with all the above. great shot.
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
28 Apr 2009 7:10PM
Class shot

Roly 11 Wales
28 Apr 2009 8:01PM
Beautiful shot Tony.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 8:19PM
fantastic shot great colours
iancam 9 23 England
28 Apr 2009 8:39PM
Excellent capture and detail Tony, Beautiful bird.
paulrosser 9 22 Wales
28 Apr 2009 8:47PM
Great for a handheld shot!! Regards, Paul.
DerekL 13 192 24 England
28 Apr 2009 8:48PM
Super sharp image, especially hand held at 500mm - you must have big biceps!
Jealous or what!!
jayjay52 9 2 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 8:59PM
Beautiful image
28 Apr 2009 9:15PM
Beautiful image, lovely detail. Well captured.
28 Apr 2009 10:19PM
A stunning capture with lovely colours and great detail.

Jean x
jgmford 11 England
28 Apr 2009 11:14PM
Stunning close up detail capture, love the colours. Great composition. Tony,
28 Apr 2009 11:24PM
A wonderful capture Tony
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
29 Apr 2009 3:52AM
superb close up
29 Apr 2009 4:38AM
Congrats on award Tony
Ray42 10 3 England
29 Apr 2009 6:30AM
Superb shot - deserve the award
sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2009 10:15AM
tony you've captured this little one beautifully, well done sir

RTDS 9 Cyprus
30 Apr 2009 11:58AM
Superb capture.
Lovely colours and excellent details.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
30 Apr 2009 2:26PM
A superb shot Tony in all respects,
justin c 14 5.0k 36 England
30 Apr 2009 2:29PM
A nice image showing the bird on a typical gorse perch.
I've also been busy photographing these birds recently and the very dark eye is typical of this species. I can fully appreciate Brian's comment amount the eye benefiting from a catchlight but IMHO flash wouldn't be the ideal answer in this situation, for the following reason; the flash would only create a sharply defined highlight in the eye, which works fine in some situations. In this instance bexause you're shooting upwards at quite a steep angle, the catchlight from the flash would quite possibly look a little out of place as it would likely appear in the lower half of the eye, which may look a little odd and unnatural looking.
I do agree with Brian's suggestion that the eye is looking a bit lifeless, but a better solution rather than using flash in this instance IMHO, and one that is well worth the minimal effort, is to make a quick selection of the eye and adjust the highlight slider inwards to brighten the natural catchlight created by the sky, assuming it's there in the original file.
Just a suggestion, for what it's worth.

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 7:39PM
how can they perch on all those thorns? beautifully captured linnet

franfoto 10 2 32 England
1 May 2009 9:54PM
Superb capture, beautiful bird.
oldbiddy 12 4 United Kingdom
1 May 2009 10:05PM
Lovely colours, great shot

wolfy 14 36 United Kingdom
1 May 2009 10:56PM
Love the details and framing on this one, well taken indeed
2 May 2009 10:55PM
Superb razor sharp detail. Beautiful colour and composition. Absolutely stunning Tony.
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
16 May 2009 1:24PM
Superbly captured with outstanding detail - a little devil that is still eluding me inspite of seeing them more than once - so I join in Richards envy -lol - Ina
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
18 May 2009 10:56PM
Another cracking natural history image, he's posing beautifully for you
fatmod 11 22 England
30 May 2009 5:03PM
stunning capture
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
31 May 2009 3:02PM
Just the bizz this one Tony,pose, detail ,colour and background are all superb.
Gotta be proud of this Smile
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
1 Jun 2009 11:49AM
Awesome capture.
Many congrats.


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