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By accipiter  
Many thanks for the many CC's and kind words about my last flight uploads.
I have a couple more composite images today focussing on the pair bond among waterfowl. Once they have paired they generally stick very close together - even their flight often becomes a balletic duet. I have tried to show this in V! ( Shelduck ) and v3 ( Shovellers ).
Sometimes they are split by circumstances - either the advent of a hunting Peregrine or stormy weather for example. When this happens their whole flight 'body language' seems to become agitated (V2 Wigeon) and their need to return to proximity desperate.
This is often anthropomorphized into the concept of 'love' by us darling, gentle, sophisticated, intelligent peaceful, animal loving humans! (Good grief!!)
Do not be fooled, fellow humans, for genes are chemicals and have simply 'created' this concept to make their desire easier to achieve - and the desire is to replicate. And replicate and replicate and replicate.
Look at our own darling, gentle,(etc) species - there are now seven BILLION of us on the planet and we are doing pretty well at aiming to destroy it for our 'peaceful, intelligent, sophisticated etc,' purposes.
How successful is that?
Hope you enjoy them. A

Tags: Wildlife and nature Pair-bonding Shelduck Shoveler Wigeon Composite Digitally manipulated

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franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
8 May 2011 7:40AM
Super set here.


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8 May 2011 8:06AM
Wonderful images, well done.

Ray42 8 3 England
8 May 2011 8:17AM
An excellent trio - enjoyed all three very much
lesarnott 6 11 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2011 8:21AM
Lovely work!
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
8 May 2011 8:59AM
Superbly presented images, and a very thought-provoking (and true!) write-up. Carol
goso 10 2 1 Australia
8 May 2011 9:09AM
A lovely image Arthur; would make a great wall hanging or mural ...Bill
pdcche 6 4 United Kingdom
8 May 2011 9:21AM
A lovely set Arthur, love the sky in V2.. Peter
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
8 May 2011 10:09AM
great set simply love V1
8 May 2011 10:34AM
Wonderful set of images A - V2 is my fav

8 May 2011 10:55AM
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
8 May 2011 11:27AM
Complete in your informative description and collection-- -- I find it hard to choose between 1 and 2-- ! enjoyed!
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
8 May 2011 11:29AM
good set and interesting write up.
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
8 May 2011 11:52AM
Glorious with V1 just making it by the smallest margin possible over V2.

fatmod 10 22 England
8 May 2011 11:53AM
superb set love v1
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
8 May 2011 1:45PM
All superb captures Arthur. Love the light on the wave in V1, and the sky in V2. The birds in all are beautiful. Love them all I guess I'm trying to say............Sandy
moiral 6 12 Scotland
8 May 2011 3:46PM
Have replicated once, not trying again till I am 60 TongueWinkGrin. These are cracking images Arthur, can't choose between them. Moira
evelen 11 5 England
8 May 2011 6:03PM
another tree great captures, wonderful.
Shellio 5 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2011 7:44PM
Wow, these are super. V1 is really good.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
8 May 2011 7:56PM
all three so well digitally manipulated,
but V2 is amazing Arthur
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
8 May 2011 7:57PM
Superb capture Arthur and a very interesting narrative.
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
9 May 2011 5:39AM
V1 and V2 are crackers although v3 looks a bit misplaced in the composition

9 May 2011 8:27AM
Wonderful trio of shots, great timing,
acousticmist 6 10 1 United Kingdom
9 May 2011 8:44AM
Three stunning in flight shots, all beautifully captured................Martin
Mike_Smith Plus
9 323 1 United Kingdom
9 May 2011 5:15PM
stunning images
10 May 2011 6:30PM
Lovely picture well caught
10 May 2011 6:36PM
Outstanding image ..... double wow !!!!
kinfatric 12 550 9 Scotland
10 May 2011 8:31PM
All three are lovely captures
SUPER set!
Afrikaans as taal mag dalk vergeet word maar die kultuur verlaat mens nooit nie Wink
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
11 May 2011 5:55PM
Excellent bird in-flight shots set against great backgrounds. And an interesting narrative, too. Good work all round, Arthur.
DanielD 6 1 United Kingdom
12 May 2011 2:28AM
Fantastic composition - brilliant timing

dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
12 May 2011 3:54AM
perfectly timed shot, really like the sea wave.
LexEquine 10 19 United States
12 May 2011 8:07PM
'Three superb{A+} & lovely in-flight captures'>...LEx Wink
xwang 7 55 8
13 May 2011 10:10AM
Three beautiful shots, V2 is my favourite, love the sky. As always, enjoy reading your excellent writing up.
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
14 May 2011 8:32AM
A thought provoking write up Arthur
Three excellent shots - I'm going against the flow and saying that the colours in the birds are wonderful in v3. They get a little lost in the composition, and I would be tempted to crop from the top and the left much nearer to the gate, so that the eye moves over to the right of the picture
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
16 May 2011 6:51AM
Fascinating write up about body language. Agree totally with about us humans. After all as you say just a load of chemicals. We do have the capacity to destroy things though to further and satisy our other desires other than the basic survival instincts of defend and eat. Like the composite images. Great work Arthur. Paul
27 May 2011 3:19PM
Three brilliant shots Arthur Well captured..Lin
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
4 Jun 2011 8:07PM
V1 is my favourite in this terrifc set, it's both a seascape and a natural history image
PhillipMinnis 6 94 4 Australia
14 Jun 2011 6:07AM
Three wonderful image, Arthur! My favourite is image no.1! Wonderful colours, light and composition! Excellent!


24 Jul 2011 7:47AM
Great capture...
31 Oct 2011 4:37AM
Great capt. Amazing to catch the birds like that. V1 becomes a favourite but the other ones are also great

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