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Landing Approach

By brian1208
I was having a snooze in the garden, waiting for the birds to appear on our feeders. Luckily I had the camera on my chest (switched on) and was able to grab this shot as a reflex action. I think it is a female greenfinch (we have a pair visit every day now) but it may be a sparrow?

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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niamh 13 34 United Kingdom
18 May 2004 7:16AM
nice movement in the wings and a good composition

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johnjohn01 14 58 England
18 May 2004 7:19AM
I must be getting to know your style Brian. I saw the thumbnail and knew this was yours. Looks like a greenfinch to me. Nice image - even with the camera switched on I can't get this close.
denian 12
18 May 2004 7:21AM
A lovely action shot.
IanA 13 3.0k 12 England
18 May 2004 7:21AM
Great capture Brian! Small birds are soooo much more difficult because of their relative speed. Really well done.

Ian (clicked)
llonaid 13 2
18 May 2004 7:39AM
Great shot! - Wish I'd taken it! One big click from me!
geegee 12 29 England
18 May 2004 7:41AM
What a fantastic opportune shot. I know that your are always supposed to carry your camera but taking one to bed is a novel approach!
Brilliant shot.

ardbeg77 Plus
12 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
18 May 2004 7:57AM
Agree with everything above - very well taken, and a lovely composition to boot.
brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
18 May 2004 8:26AM
My thanks to you all for your positive comments.

George - I haven't got round to taking it to bed (my wife complains it sticks in her back Smile but I try to have it to hand as much as possible. At least I had the lens cap of this time!

John, I find that if I have the camera more or less in "shooting position" I don't scare them. Any significant movements, such as lifting the camera to my eye from my lap, and they are off.

We have started feeding shelled sun-flower seeds, the finches love them.

18 May 2004 8:36AM
Wonderful capture, I love this, click
jaglin 12 6
18 May 2004 8:50AM
Another great shot, reminds me of the one you did where a bird says "Bye". You seem to often have a snooze in your garden!!
Very productive sleeping though!
brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
18 May 2004 9:07AM
Lydia, Stef thanks for the positive reaction. Stef - I have to snooze in the garden, otherwise the plants don't grow properly!

"Bye" was shot in the woods on a walk in the edges of the Peak District, much more energetic Smile

podgod 12 513 3 Scotland
18 May 2004 9:21AM
Now I know how it's done, instead of standing there waiting with lots of expensive kit trying to get 'the shot' then only getting hundreds of empty nest box pictures. All I need to do is have a kip in the garden, stir occasionally and snap the perfect shot.

Well done Brian a lovely shot.

I think the technique would be improved by sitting in the garden with a couple of beers, well that's what I'm telling my wife. (lol)
18 May 2004 9:28AM
Really beautiful shot, who needs exotic birds when you can come up with a picture like this. Fantastic, click!
jmmd 12 1
18 May 2004 9:49AM
I think I have nothing more to say....EXCELLENT once again. click
mattmatic 12 598
18 May 2004 10:03AM
Whoao! Superb!
Terry L Plus
13 590 5 England
18 May 2004 10:13AM
This is rather good Brian, sounds like a rather good technique you have there, you certainly attract a lot of wildlife to your garden. Gets my CLICK for sure.

18 May 2004 10:32AM
Brian you are the master at this kind of shot, wonderful wing action.
If I fell asleep I wouldn't know where or who I was let alone take a great shot!
flossie 13 1.6k
18 May 2004 11:26AM
Just taking a look in your portfolio Brian, I've missed a're really taking some fabulous shouts with that camera, this is superb. I haven't time to comment on them all but I've left you a few clicks!
johnjrp 12 432 5 Australia
18 May 2004 12:01PM
well taken
old timer 12 55 1 Scotland
18 May 2004 12:24PM
This is a beautiful shot, Brian - I'm going to have a look at your portfolio. Click.
brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
18 May 2004 12:28PM
Thanks to you all for the kind and positive comments. Richard the secret is to not quite go to sleep - (a light doze rather than driving the "zzzs"). Make sure the camera strap is round you neck though - it can be expensive otherwise Smile

Brad, make sure the beer is in non-reflective tinnies - don't want to scare the birds

18 May 2004 1:48PM
Blimey Brian wish my reflexes were that quick when I was awake never mind snoozing!!
Beautiful shot, superb work.

brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
18 May 2004 1:57PM
Thanks Mary. I find I move quicker if my brain is disengaged these day Smile I spent about another hour awake, with the camera on its tripod, cable release set. I missed about another seven similar shots - must tell us something!

Mari 13 1.8k Wales
18 May 2004 5:59PM
Just one word - superb, Brian (nice wisteria too!! :0}


brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
18 May 2004 6:06PM
Thanks Mari - only the best for our birds! Smile

fishiee 12 478 3 United Kingdom
18 May 2004 8:31PM
Wow stunning shot brian! Seems you haven't lost your touch with the non-macro shots!

vfr400 14 886
18 May 2004 8:34PM
Great snap shot Brian, snoozing in the garden with the fragrence of the wisteria wonderful.
ronr 12 3 United Kingdom
18 May 2004 9:50PM
Excellent capture, lovely photo.
brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
18 May 2004 10:32PM
John, Chris & Ron - thanks for the positive comments.

tigertot 13 36 England
19 May 2004 1:28PM
Well I've heard some excuses for men lying asleep in the garden but this one is the best so far!!! Nice capture Brian, the wing action is very good and the composition is nice.
brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
19 May 2004 1:32PM
Thanks Leslie - I'm out there again today. (been to the Dentist and had some teeth out is today's excuse Smile

No luck so far,

ericfaragh 13 132 3 United Kingdom
19 May 2004 10:55PM
Nice sense of action.
brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
20 May 2004 5:34AM
cheers Eric

dwjones 12 232 United Kingdom
21 May 2004 10:22AM
Sure this wasn't taken in my back garden !!!
Our Wisteria is blooming at present. But birds are rare as we've got two cats.
Greate snap from snooze position.

The movement of the wings is excellent
brian1208 Plus
13 11.1k 12 United Kingdom
21 May 2004 11:07AM
Thank you David - we have two free range Burmese but the birds just ignore them. We seem to be getting a fair range of birds at present and I've missed some absolutely brilliant shots over the last couple of days! (I'm a fisherman too - you should see the fish I've missed as well Smile

29 May 2004 8:16AM
Wonderful absoltely wonderful.

*click click click*


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