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Squirrel Food Thief ...

By sut68      
Whilst out with Cheryl, Edgar, Will, Fran, John & John [ta for the lens again mate] snapping squirrels, a couple of opportunistic feathered thieves came calling and snaffled some of the bait left out for the Squirrels.

I think this one is a Chaffinch, but I'm prepared to be corrected. The shot isn't quite as sharp as I would've ideally liked as there is a tiny bit of motion on 'him', but it's the best bird shot I've taken and as such stays. I just loved his mischievous look with some of the booty hanging out of his beak.

Hope you all had a great weekend and are suitably refreshed for the week ahead. Cheers for looking in.


Tags: General Chaffinch Close-up and macro Thief Wildlife and nature Squirrel challenge Opportunist

Voters: Sep, daviewat, chase and 65 more

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daviewat 18 4.1k Scotland
10 Dec 2007 9:07AM
Pin sharp and a good steady hand there Smile

A bummer getting a shot of those lenses and having to hand tham back again :-(

Looks like I`m to be laid up for quite a while :-(

chase Plus
16 2.3k 592 England
10 Dec 2007 9:10AM
Not easy this bird stuff Wink but the boy done good here !
sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 9:11AM
Thanks Dave and Janet. Can't believe how quick you have to be with this subject ... hopefully I'll do better next time though Wink

sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 9:11AM
Oops, wong button Wink
Nick_w Plus
14 4.3k 99 England
10 Dec 2007 9:22AM
Looks pretty sharp to me Paul - where it matters (the eye). Well done
Phil_Morgan 15 182 1 Wales
10 Dec 2007 9:30AM
Looks OK to me. Tis nice and natural looking.

Dotrob 16 Wales
10 Dec 2007 9:39AM
Great capture, lovely feather detail.
casson 15 3 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 9:41AM
Not easy bird photography, but you have a nice shot with this Chaffinch
sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 9:52AM
Cheers you lot, glad you like it Smile

No, not easy at all John, ta!!!

dazzaman 15 631 England
10 Dec 2007 10:28AM
youre right paul, this is a male chaffinch. know quite a bit about birds, used to have loads of books on them when i was younger, bird books, and birds eggs books. i still am interested in them, and yes that is the (feathered kind).

lovely and sharp this mate,
ya done very well here.
daz Smile
garymcparland 15 343 3 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 11:13AM
Looks sharp enough to me mate Smile, great capture.

Tandberg 18 1.2k 2 England
10 Dec 2007 11:15AM
Getsmy vote too mate Wink
martinl 18 269 2 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 11:40AM
I had a go at shooting some birds earlier this year, and found out how quick they move. Bit quicker than your average landscape!! Looks good to me as well.

Stewy 14 103 2 England
10 Dec 2007 12:26PM
Lovely capture. He does that "damn, I've been rumbled" look about him doesn't he?

Well caught.

sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 12:37PM
Cheers guys for your time and comments. Don't get me wrong, the shot is fairly sharp at size, just that when I saw what this lens and extender combination could do, I got more critical about this result.

Looks okay on here though Wink

10 Dec 2007 12:50PM
Great shot!
Bodiewil 14 46 Wales
10 Dec 2007 1:18PM
Looks sharp enough for me, a real stunner again Paul.

10 Dec 2007 1:37PM
Superb detail and dof

Simon_Palmer 15 759 11 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 1:39PM
Now thats sharp. A very impressive addition to the PF Paul.
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
10 Dec 2007 2:14PM
Cute title - in our parts we generally blame the squirrels for thieving the bird food. Smile
Very nice sharp image.
sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 2:14PM
Cheers Ljubica, Dave, Graeme and Simon, appreciate your time guys Wink

sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 2:15PM
Thanks too Anne, our posts must''ve crossed Wink
TyChee Plus
16 275 1 United States
10 Dec 2007 4:12PM
Awesome detail and rich tones.
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
10 Dec 2007 4:37PM
Opportunist Chaffinch. Intelligent Paul. Ron.
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
10 Dec 2007 4:58PM
Yes, the 1000 pixel image looks perfect! I'll take your word for it not being perfect. Beautiful wood and background though and the seed in the beak makes this bird look so guilty.

sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 5:06PM
Ta Ty, LOL @ Ron too ... like it Wink

Cheers too Patrick. I'm being really picky in saying that, but it the large version there is a small amount of motion which just spoils it slightly, but at this size it's not that noticeable.

rossi 18 142 11 England
10 Dec 2007 5:14PM
He's probably getting his own back after having 'his' eggs smashed by the pesky squirrels!

As for the image, what can you say, it don't come much better than this.


proz 17 205 United States
10 Dec 2007 5:31PM
a cracker!
paulcr 17 1.5k 9 Ireland
10 Dec 2007 6:07PM
Definitely recommend the large version. Detai is just superb. Paul
sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 6:44PM
Cheers Ian, Proz and Paul for your endorsements. Glad you like the little fella Wink

MrsS 15 4.5k 18 England
10 Dec 2007 6:48PM

Quote:Opportunist Chaffinch. Intelligent Paul. Ron.

Two right out of three ain't bad!! (work out for yourself which is wrong!! Wink )

Nice One Mister! Smile

sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 8:02PM
Intelligent and Paul I'd say Wink x
martin.w Plus
19 614 29 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 8:11PM
Very tricky subject....and thats just getting the make and model right (failed with my ID earlier this year!!). Looks fine to me Paul, slight movement or not I would have been well happy with this, especially using an unfamiliar lens Smile
sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 8:24PM
The lens was/is a beast Martin, getting used to it wasn't a problem, it amost took the shot itself Wink

ripleysalien 15 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2007 8:42PM
Remember rod hull and emu, well thats what the bird reminds me of, that bloody annoying bird, as for the shot, its a cracker, timing is spot on, and it is sharp.

sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 8:46PM
It's the beak Steve ... should've painted it yellow for you Wink
rangerpaul 14 19 7 England
10 Dec 2007 8:48PM
Focus looks ok to me.
A fine shot I'd say.
sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 9:04PM
Cheers Paul. The focus is actually spot on, just a very small amount of movement, only really noticeable in the large version!!!
10 Dec 2007 10:15PM
Great clarity, nice one

sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
10 Dec 2007 10:18PM
A moment of clarity Colin, cheers mate Wink
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
10 Dec 2007 11:08PM
Wonderful detail & lovely colours.
sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
11 Dec 2007 8:40AM
Thanks very much Hilary Wink
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2007 10:01PM
Very impressive Paul.

EDIT: Near synchronicity on commenting. Pure chance.

sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
11 Dec 2007 10:50PM
Cheers NIgel ... you've lost me on the synchronicity aspect though Wink


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