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maryg 8 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
13 11.2k 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 8 2 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 1:03PM
Superb shot brilliant
TerryMcK 8 71 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 12 64 3 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 1:35PM
An excellent capture with lovely colours.
norton 13 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 Plus
10 199 20 Greece
28 Apr 2009 2:13PM
A fantastic capture, Tony. Carol
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
28 Apr 2009 2:22PM
What beautiful colour, this is fab Tony. - gary
Wilmot 8 338 1 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 2:24PM
Superb image
gwood 9 England
28 Apr 2009 2:32PM
Excellent detailed and colourful image..
Kevhan 8 4 England
28 Apr 2009 2:33PM
Super bird, super detail.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
28 Apr 2009 2:40PM
Fabulous color and detail, a brilliant capture.
Steve_S Plus
11 180 3 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 2:53PM
Excellent capture Tony, great detail
28 Apr 2009 2:53PM
excellent !
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 11 Canada
28 Apr 2009 3:00PM
Awesome capture of this lovely bird...wonderful detail....Sandy
28 Apr 2009 3:44PM
Superb shot,
shandoor 8 1 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 4:06PM
Wow a superb image wonderful detail and super colours love it wow
Maiwand 10 3 72 England
28 Apr 2009 4:23PM
Cracking good capture Tony. Taken at full 500 zoom-- superb quality.
Shroomer 10 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 9 3.3k 68 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 4:53PM
Very nice shot indeed, well captured.
piccy 11 8 Wales
28 Apr 2009 5:08PM
That's a beautiful shot.
videotec 8 8 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 5:21PM
What a fantastic shot--Love it
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
28 Apr 2009 5:23PM
What a tremendous image Tony, amazing detail and colours
Paul_cats 11 61 22 Scotland
28 Apr 2009 5:56PM
Agree with all the above. great shot.
Stace 9 2 2 England
28 Apr 2009 7:10PM
Class shot

Roly 9 Wales
28 Apr 2009 8:01PM
Beautiful shot Tony.
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 8:19PM
fantastic shot great colours
iancam 8 23 England
28 Apr 2009 8:39PM
Excellent capture and detail Tony, Beautiful bird.
paulrosser 8 22 Wales
28 Apr 2009 8:47PM
Great for a handheld shot!! Regards, Paul.
DerekL Plus
12 175 24 England
28 Apr 2009 8:48PM
Super sharp image, especially hand held at 500mm - you must have big biceps!
Jealous or what!!
jayjay52 8 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 10 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 9 108 3 Philippines
29 Apr 2009 3:52AM
superb close up
29 Apr 2009 4:38AM
Congrats on award Tony
Ray42 9 3 England
29 Apr 2009 6:30AM
Superb shot - deserve the award
sunshot 12 24 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2009 10:15AM
tony you've captured this little one beautifully, well done sir

RTDS 8 Cyprus
30 Apr 2009 11:58AM
Superb capture.
Lovely colours and excellent details.
30 Apr 2009 2:26PM
A superb shot Tony in all respects,
justin c 13 4.8k 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 8 142 6 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 7:39PM
how can they perch on all those thorns? beautifully captured linnet

franfoto 9 2 32 England
1 May 2009 9:54PM
Superb capture, beautiful bird.
oldbiddy 11 4 United Kingdom
1 May 2009 10:05PM
Lovely colours, great shot

wolfy 13 36 United Kingdom
1 May 2009 10:56PM
Love the details and framing on this one, well taken indeed
Superb razor sharp detail. Beautiful colour and composition. Absolutely stunning Tony.
Gezina 10 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 11 255 2 England
18 May 2009 10:56PM
Another cracking natural history image, he's posing beautifully for you
fatmod 10 22 England
30 May 2009 5:03PM
stunning capture
oll1e Plus
10 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 11 17 1 England
1 Jun 2009 11:49AM
Awesome capture.
Many congrats.


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