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Sitta Europaea

By digitalcaptive  
Whilst this might not be the most technically perfect shot, It is however one of the birds on my "To Capture List" photographically speaking.
And the twitchers amongst you might not get too excited at the site of a Nuthatch but for me it was a very special moment especially that this was taken hand held @ 500mm as I had just packed away my tripod ready to go back to work after my already prolonged lunch 3/4 hr, normally handheld at that focal length my images are nothing but a mushy blurr

Tags: Wildlife Birds General Close-up and macro Nuthatch Peanut Sitta europaea Wildlife and nature

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BertC 11 29 Malta
21 Feb 2007 7:07PM
Superb back lighting !!
Lovely ...

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exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
21 Feb 2007 7:13PM
Beautiful lighting lovely detail and composition.
markb2815 11 2
21 Feb 2007 7:18PM
Nice capture Russell.
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
21 Feb 2007 7:40PM
Shame about the sun light but still a wonderful capture.
User_Removed 11 16 England
21 Feb 2007 7:42PM
Great shot under the circumstances, and rest assured he'll be back after a nut feast like that., and I'm sure you'll finish up with more shots, when you're better set-up. Congrats on your first opportunity to capture a nuthatch
joseph 12 England
21 Feb 2007 9:10PM
HANDHELD ! A real beauty of a shot...Superb work...Click.
casson 12 3 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2007 9:24PM
Lovely image of a Nuthatch,very sharp for a hand held shot
AnthonyR 12 5 Wales
21 Feb 2007 10:12PM
A corker, very well done, I bet he didn't stay too long.
Loupix 12 80 1 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2007 10:26PM
for a non is handheld shot, I would be proud of this one Smile
21 Feb 2007 10:29PM
No Antony he was soon off but did return, the second capture didn't turn out too well though
Pegon 12 78 1 England
21 Feb 2007 10:39PM
Well caught especially being hand held, they don't hang about long do they.
didgpix 11
22 Feb 2007 4:28PM
Superb capture, even more so for hand-held with a 500mm lens. Beautiful detail and fine colour.
ITPSnapper 12 45 Netherlands
22 Feb 2007 5:30PM
Love the halo effect around the bird. Great captutre.

JohnEW 11 3
22 Feb 2007 10:55PM
This makes a nice change, Russell, with the rim lighting. I looked closely at the BIG image & reckon that the only appreciable blurring is due to the bird's head movement. Your tripod wouldn't have made any difference!
22 Feb 2007 11:00PM
I must have more Jam that Robinsons, I could never reproduce that hand held again (as every one of the other images I took at the same time would testify)
Thanks for the clicks and comments everyone
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
23 Feb 2007 4:23AM
Shows determination, well done! Spot on! Click!!!

Libby_M 11 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2007 7:54AM
this is a great shot love the nut in its mouth well done
GlenD 11 United States
23 Feb 2007 10:03AM
cracker for hand held..Nice one
ValSaxby Plus
12 146 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2007 9:23PM
I'm always a sucker for Nuthatch shots - well caught, and well done for handheld with the bigma I know how hard that is!

AndreG 11 20 England
24 Feb 2007 3:06PM
Lovely shot.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
25 Feb 2007 1:53PM
Great shot. Are you sure you have not been weight training??? 500mm hand held?? Well done you.
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
1 Mar 2007 8:26PM
We have one who visits our orchard and not being a twitcher it took a while to realize he was not a Tree creeper.
The rim lighting sets this shot off to perfection.

Gaz_H 11 150 1 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2007 9:47PM
Wow - what a gorgeous capture. Brilliant light and so crisp
Brilliant shot and timing.


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