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By harrattp  
Hi everybody, again thanks for the comments/votes on my last upload always appreciated.

After a midweek break in Chard, Somerset we decided to take the coast road home and stopped off at the Isle of Portland. Within seconds of parking up at the top of the Isle near HMP Verne I spotted a Whitethroat in a bush alongside the car. As soon as I set up my camera I was distracted by a yellow flash passing me and landing in a tree close by.

It was only a couple of weeks ago I was lamenting to Mossyoak & Maiwand that I had not seen a Yellowhammer in years (over twenty to be precise), when I was presented with this superb specimen posing in a tree and not too worried about my presence there. I spent quite a time just clicking away as he flitted from tree to bush to post as my dear wife snoozed in the car nearby.

V1 Yellowhammer singing away at the top of a tree with the sun bringing out his colours beautifully.

V2 - Yellowhammer posing on a nearby prison fence post on profile, obviously seen the prisoners doing it I think. This clearly shows his colouring off well I think.

No doubt you will let me know what you think; though view large for the full effect.


Tags: Birds General Close-up and macro Portland Yellowhammer Wildlife and nature Emberizidae

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13 Jun 2010 11:59AM
Two super shots, lets hope it's not another 20 years before seeing anymore. LOL
L&K Gillxx

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
13 Jun 2010 12:15PM
Good details and colours in these - good capture.
Regards Richad
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
13 Jun 2010 12:19PM
v2 is my fav.lesley
VidB 9 11 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2010 12:37PM
Two well detailed and sharp images, well captured.
Brian_Scott 8 42 27 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2010 12:39PM
V2 is the better for the two images
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
13 Jun 2010 1:02PM
A pair of crackers Paul. Good clean images and detail
13 Jun 2010 2:20PM
Lovely images V1 for me love the colours
Two stunning shots Paul. I saw my first yellowhammer a few weeks ago but didn't manage to get a shot - so thank you for sharing your fantastic captures! Smile
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
13 Jun 2010 3:32PM
Two superb shots Paul. Like you I have not seen one for years- and neither have too many others it seems as we seldom see one posted on the site. Beautiful.
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2010 3:43PM
2 lovely shots,loads of detail.
13 Jun 2010 4:04PM
Two cracking shot Paul... fabulous looking birds...

Puttenham Common top car park if you want them locally Wink

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2010 4:18PM
20 years! your not that old surely or should I say can you remember back that far!!!
superb shot Paul
harrattp 11 11 4 England
13 Jun 2010 4:30PM
Thank you very much everybody for the comments/support. Yes Ann I am that old, and thanks for the heads up Jon.

13 Jun 2010 6:28PM
Paul love the shots,hope you both ok will catch up soon, gray,
13 Jun 2010 7:06PM
Two real beauties Paul,V2 is my fav !!
Vince_S 8 10 England
13 Jun 2010 7:53PM
Two excellent shots. I prefer V2.
andymark 8 1 England
13 Jun 2010 8:57PM
two amazing shot love them both
Ray42 10 3 England
14 Jun 2010 7:03AM
Two great shots - I must admit I have not seen one for about the same period of time
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
14 Jun 2010 12:52PM
Very, very envious of this sighting and these two superb captures Paul -LOL!! Wonderful poses, detail and colours. Love V1 for the fact the bird is in full song and V2 for the great side-on view and plumage patterning/tones.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2010 8:08AM
Rare sight indeed and that is a long wait to see one of these Paul, and beautifully captured with lovely colours and fine detail.

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
15 Jun 2010 2:31PM
2 lovely shots Paul, must admit I've never seen one around these parts,
A Booth 16 11 4 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2010 6:48PM
beautiful birds well captured with excellent colour and detail in well composed images.
harrattp 11 11 4 England
15 Jun 2010 6:58PM
Thanks again to all who have commented.

17 Jun 2010 5:22PM
V1 is quite beautiful - excellent.

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