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Redwing Feeding

By ron thomas      
Another shot from Ruthin a few days ago. Perhaps the branch is a bit too strong but I thought I would leave this one with little in the way of software "tweeks".

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Cole, simons, bill c and 1 more


Cole 15 53 16 England
30 Dec 2004 11:38AM
far too much distraction i would crop out a lot of the photo so the attention is straight to the bird. nice photo though.

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simons 15 13
30 Dec 2004 11:41AM
I agree about the crop but it's still a very good capture
ron thomas Plus
15 11 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2004 6:41AM
Thanks for the comments and the modified versions of the image. I feel as if I should explain why I disagree with the idea that the image has distractions in it and needs to be cropped.

Firstly every one is entitled to a point of view and I would not invite comments if I did not respect the value of other viewpoints. So what follows is my point of view and possibly an explanation of why I do things in the way that I do.

The crop is not a mistake. I have chosen what goes into this picture very carefully. This is not intended as a portrait of a Redwing. It is intended to be a natural history record of a camouflaged winter visitor indulging in typical feeding behaviour for this species. I do not have the equipment to record a portrait of this sort of bird in the wild easily unless I find a particularly tame individual (which is not impossible). For that reason I try to do what I think is the next best thing and record the behaviour of the subject in the hope that this illustrates the integrated mechanisms and interactions that are integral to the natural world that most of us are unaware of. I have done this for some time because I learnt a long time ago that mankind (myself included) is arrogant about what is not understood and tends to look but not see.

In my recent pictures of Waxwings, Blackbird, Fieldfare and Redwing, I have tried to picture them doing something and maybe trigger off in the viewer questions about the natural world. Questions like.Why have those birds travelled thousands of miles from northern Russia to eat berries from trees in North Wales? Why have the Fieldfares & Redwings come to us from Scandinavia & Iceland to feed? Is that Blackbird one that stays in our country all year or is that too a winter visitor?

When out looking for wild birds you meet lots of different people from anoraks with lists and pagers to highly qualified scientists studying climate change. Everyone is entitled to their view. I do have an anorak myself, by the way.

Images such as the ones I have mentioned would be better categorised under the title Natural History but because there is no such category on EPZ, then I have put them under ANIMALS & WILDLIFE (this is a broad spectrum which includes complex macro photography & snaps of Tiddles [I also have a cat picture in there]). There is a difference.

Thanks for reading this to the end and please do pull me up on my mistakes, there are lots of them, its a good way to learn.
u08mcb 15 5.8k
31 Dec 2004 10:53AM
To be honest I don't find this image to be too cluttered at all.

Cropping down round the bird would produce a very static image, leaving space around it (and having the bird on a third) works better. Its clear enough looking at the large version of the image that cropping is simply going to make for a soft image of the bird.

The only thing I can think of would have been to maybe make your way round to a point where there was more sky and less foliage behind the bird. Having tried to photograph fieldfares and redwings I know they are not the most approachable birds so this would be difficult, and it would possibly result in a less satisfying exposure of the bird.

I don't know Ron, don't get too worked up with comments that go against what you intended, you made no explanation in this description so it is only to be expected to be told to crop or whatever.

On another note, this is a much stronger image I feel.

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