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My first of 2014................Male Chaffinch singing his song............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

I hope everyone had a good New Years Eve and is feeling much better this evening............GrinGrinGrinGrin

I'd like to thank the people for their support throughout 2013, thanks for the great comments, awards, poems, jokes etc etc.............all very much appreciated...........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Sing If You're H.A.P.P.Y.............
Username:NaturesHaven NaturesHaven
Uploaded:1 Jan 2014 - 6:49 PM
Tags:Avian, Bird, Canon, Chaffinch, Male, Natures Haven, Wildlife / nature


Mollycat Plus Member 2Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 6:53 PM

Beautiful capture Julia. Superb picture. GrinGrinGrin Peter

DicksPics Plus Member 4DicksPics vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 7:00 PM

A lovely capture, Julia.


craggwildlifephotography Plus Member 698 forum postscraggwildlifephotography vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 7:03 PM

nice detailed capture ..


barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 7:05 PM

I am happy.....what are we singing?????
Great image

dark_lord Critique Team 111640 forum postsdark_lord vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 7:08 PM

Super shot, and in full song too Smile

JuBarney Plus Member 4JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 7:13 PM

A stunning capture; he looks wonderful.
All the best for 2014

franken Plus Member 123586 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 7:36 PM

Lovely image.


Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 7:40 PM

What a beautiful bird Julia.GrinGrinGrinGrin

1 Jan 2014 - 7:49 PM

Superb capture - a great start to 2014! Smile


ColleenA Plus Member 3305 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 8:24 PM

He sure is happy singing along and posing. A beautiful capture Julia...Happy new year to you and hubby

tomcat Plus Member 96361 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 8:26 PM

Don't think I have posted this one before
Apologies if I have

My Chaffinch
Author: Richard Jefferies

His hours he spends upon a fragrant fir;
His merry 'chink,' his happy 'Kiss me, dear,'
Each moment sounded, keeps the copse astir.
Loudly he challenges his rivals near,
Anon aslant down to the ground he springs,
Like to a sunbeam made of coloured wings.

The firm and solid azure of the ceil
That struck by hand would give a hollow sound,
A dome turned perfect by the sun's great wheel,
Whose edges rest upon the hills around,
Rings many a mile with blue enamelled wall;
His fir-tree is the centre of it all.

A lichened cup he set against the side
High up this mast, earth-stepped, that could not fail,
But swung a little as a ship might ride,
Keeping an easy balance in the gale;
Slow-heaving like a gladiator's breast,
Whose strength in combat feels an idle rest.

Whether the cuckoo or the chaffinch most
Do triumph in the issuing of their song?
I say not this, but many a swelling boast
They throw each at the other all day long.
Soon as the nest had cradled eggs a-twin
The jolly squirrel climbed to look therein.

Adown the lane athwart this pleasant wood
The broad-winged butterflies their solace sought;
A green-necked pheasant in the sunlight stood,
Nor could the rushes hide him as he thought.
A humble-bee through fern and thistle made
A search for lowly flowers in the shade.

A thing of many wanderings, and loss,
Like to Ulysses on his poplar raft,
His treasure hid beneath the tunnelled moss
Lest that a thief his labour steal with craft,
Up the round hill, sheep-dotted, was his way,
Zigzagging where some new adventure lay.

'My life and soul,' as if he were a Greek,
His heart was Grecian in his greenwood fane;
'My life and soul,' through all the sunny week
The chaffinch sang with beating heart amain,
'The humble-bee the wide wood-world may roam;
One feather's breadth I shall not stir from home.'

No note he took of what the swallows said
About the firing of some evil gun,
Nor if the butterflies were blue or red,
For all his feelings were intent in one.
The loving soul, a-thrill in all his nerves,
A life immortal as a man's deserves.

RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 8:28 PM

What ann excellent capture with which to start off the New Year, Julia: super shot in every sense.
All the very best to you for 2014 with many more fine and at times, I am sure, amusing captures and titles.

dave1967 Plus Member 3dave1967 vcard United Kingdom
1 Jan 2014 - 8:49 PM

Great shot

Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 8:50 PM

A cracking shot of this handsome **** chaffinch belting out a tune, you are on song for your first upload of the new year Julia!Grin


Brilliant so is your P/F. Will

oldgreyheron Plus Member 8124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 9:09 PM

What a lovely singing face!


taggart Plus Member 1146 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 9:30 PM

A wonderful song for the morning!

1 Jan 2014 - 9:38 PM

I'm singing along with him! Lovely shot to start the New Year.

ddolfelin Plus Member 373 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 9:42 PM

A proud looking songster - good picture.

Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 9:42 PM

Brilliant...simply brilliant!

1 Jan 2014 - 10:38 PM

Happy New Year!

GeorgePlatis Plus Member 2GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 10:41 PM

Happy New Year, Julia !

M_squared Plus Member 4M_squared vcard United Kingdom
1 Jan 2014 - 10:55 PM

Lovely image.

Glashutte  9 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jan 2014 - 11:26 PM

This has got to be the pinnacle of photography.
It' superbly in focus, crisp and clear.

I don't go to the photography club either- only 'cos I'm a bit hung over on Mondays- but I think it's a good and positive thing to do.
Looking at your portfolio---- I don't think you need any guidance

SimonFletch Plus Member 1SimonFletch vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 5:10 AM

Thank you for the big smile across my face, Julia; I can all but Hear him singing - and now I'm Happy Smile


Hermanus  3 South Africa
2 Jan 2014 - 6:00 AM

An excellent capture Julia

CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 6:09 AM

A top class image to start off the New Year, Julia. Carol

christinecilia Plus Member 3christinecilia vcard England
2 Jan 2014 - 3:51 PM

well timed stunning photo. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

SimonFletch Plus Member 1SimonFletch vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 4:28 PM

It's the end of the day for me Julia and time for me to place my Award.
I've been singing all day...!
And your image is my Best Today, making it a trio for you Smile So far...!
Well Done,


lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 5:53 PM

Another perfect title Julia.

John Wink

Lynniesefforts Plus Member 4Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
2 Jan 2014 - 10:34 PM

Beautiful Julia, what a joyful chap..Grin

Lynette Grin

Skeet1Away Plus Member 469 forum postsSkeet1Away vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2014 - 1:14 PM

Julia, your p/f is looking stunning as always full of clarity and fine detail and rich colours.


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