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Kiss me Quick.

By Buffalo_Tom
When my wife Nichola saw these birds taking a drink of punch from the glass at the pool bar she issued me a challenge to get a picture.Your Holiday challenge she said,which I accepted.
Each day the barman would put out a glass of fruit punch on the bar and these birds would fly in to pinch a drink.Sometimes there would be up to a dozen birds hovering to take their turn.
These birds are known locally as Yellow Chest and have a knickname of Little Queen.The Spanish name is Reiuita so I learned.They are so fast and this is the closest I could get without putting them off.I had to keep as still as possible so they could gain confidence.This image was taken on the last day of the holiday.I would machine gun the images as the birds flew in not really knowing what they would be like.It was not easy and I have the utmost respect for Phil Morgan and the boys who take this type of shot regularly.

A bit of fun for today.
Hope you like this picture and thanks for looking.

Tags: Birds Bar Close-up and macro Bit of fun Wildlife and nature Toms photo 611holiday challenge Fruit punch Humour and fun

Voters: Blenkinsopp, mickrick, neonknight and 122 more

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cassiecat 12 39 46 England
25 Jul 2008 5:44AM
nicely caught
mickrick 17 17 2 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 5:55AM
Do they slow down after they've had a few? Great shot
neonknight 16 1 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 6:05AM
Nice one,John
fishing 13 4
25 Jul 2008 6:18AM


dwarf 13 52 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 6:26AM
great imge the colour and composition are lovely dorothy
Nettles 13 England
25 Jul 2008 6:31AM
What a capture, good fun shot.
exposure Plus
16 6.0k United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 6:47AM
Brilliant Tom a really lovely capture lovely detail light and colours and a lovely composition.
25 Jul 2008 6:49AM
well caught
VIKI 14 18 1 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 6:50AM
Fantastic piccie. Were they drunk after their drink?
25 Jul 2008 6:58AM
The concept of queueing is lost here as in our daily lives, always somebody thinks they can jump the queue. Nice image Tom the birds stand out so well with the red liquid.

jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
25 Jul 2008 7:05AM
What a smashing picture with the yellow against that red

imander 14 388 7 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 7:16AM
how fantastic, what a really wonderful picture, well done
SurreyHillsMan 13 27 2 England
25 Jul 2008 7:29AM
Fabulous image.. love it.... perhaps it would be more "punchy" (sorry no pun intended) if you cropped out the bird to the right on the bar

Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
25 Jul 2008 7:37AM
I have an image with the bird to the right excluded and this will be for my camera club comps/but I like this one as it shows it queuing for his/her turn.
Thanks for the comment Jon.
BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 7:45AM
What a beautiful image,very well captured.
goso 14 2 1 Australia
25 Jul 2008 7:47AM
Terrific capture Tom........Bill
User_Removed 13 485 13 England
25 Jul 2008 8:04AM
cracking shot Tom, what a capture

lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
25 Jul 2008 8:05AM
Excellent capture
viscostatic 14 49 10 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 8:29AM
The right moment captured. well done.

wyatturp 15 2 England
25 Jul 2008 8:33AM
Well done did she buy you a drink--? Smile

MandsH 14 England
25 Jul 2008 8:35AM
Brilliant, well spotted, hope they didn't get a hangover!
25 Jul 2008 8:37AM
A great shot, well captured
LesF 14 182 9
25 Jul 2008 8:44AM
Challange successfully completed Tom.

imagio 14 12 1 England
25 Jul 2008 8:52AM
Great achievement fulfilling your challenge Tom

Barbaraj 14 450 England
25 Jul 2008 8:54AM
Well done for rising to the challenge. I enjoyed this.
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 9:09AM
Amazing..what a wonderful capture and the splash of red from the punch just adds to the composition.
MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 9:21AM
Colourful birds on a bight red glass and that spark of humour, who could ask for more
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
25 Jul 2008 10:09AM
JouŠo 16 56 Finland
25 Jul 2008 10:09AM

Wooly 15 112 4 England
25 Jul 2008 10:10AM
Challenge very well risen too, I would say Tom.

bfgstew 14 668 105 England
25 Jul 2008 10:46AM
10 out of 10 Tom for taking and hitting that challange.
Must have been hard work sitting by the bar everyday with a cold beer in one hand and the old camera in the other and not being nagged HEAVEN!!!!!!!!
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 10:58AM
great challenge Tom, looks like you came up trumps here

Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
25 Jul 2008 11:00AM
It was real tough Stew,but someone had to do it.LOL.
Stace Plus
13 2 2 England
25 Jul 2008 11:02AM
piccy 14 8 Wales
25 Jul 2008 11:14AM
Stunning shot - well done.
woolybill1 Plus
14 37 77 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 11:16AM
A cracking candid, Tom!
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 11:23AM
Utterly delightful. And I do like the third bird queueing for a drink. Or a kiss...
MrsS 14 4.5k 18 England
25 Jul 2008 11:36AM

Quote:Challenge very well risen too, I would say Tom

I agree Smile

Fran x
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
25 Jul 2008 2:09PM
What a fantastic image, not easy to get, but ever so curious and wonderful-- The punch birds!
Love it

Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 2:44PM
Beautiful image, great colours. Did you not find it hard sitting at the bar all day?
Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
25 Jul 2008 2:50PM
Simply fantastic Tom, talk about rising to the challange, so well captured.
Cormy 13 3 England
25 Jul 2008 4:43PM
Great catch,super title,smashing pic.Well done Tom.
Silverzone 13 2 England
25 Jul 2008 5:01PM
Super shot, Having just downed a couple before a trip to the theatre I know how delicious it is. Sylvia
pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
25 Jul 2008 5:12PM
superbly done ;
love the colours...
robway 16 318 Wales
25 Jul 2008 5:27PM
Superb image and the balance is perfect with the two birds on the glass and the other as an observer. Great shot.
geoffrey baker 16 501 1 Wales
25 Jul 2008 6:04PM
Well captured Tom Smile
dathersmith 14 565 12 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 6:44PM
Excellent capture Tom.

49er 14 564
25 Jul 2008 7:32PM
One in a million.. great shot..
Richsr 14 91 223 England
25 Jul 2008 8:37PM
Certainly won that challenge Tom.
Well captured.
Regards Richard.
ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 8:49PM
Lol, lovely capture, well done.
JONTHELENS 14 34 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 9:01PM
very well caught.
whiteswan01 13 13 England
25 Jul 2008 9:08PM
outstanding well worth the wait would hang it on my wall just great shot
imagio 14 12 1 England
25 Jul 2008 9:42PM
After reviewing my shortlist yours was head and shoulders above, can't believe Im giving an award to an Evertonian,,well done Tom.

nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
25 Jul 2008 10:11PM
What a super shot, lovely capture.

phil_j 14 134 4 England
25 Jul 2008 10:28PM
Great challenge, and well achieved Tom, superb shot.

SueTurner 16 81 3 England
25 Jul 2008 11:42PM
brilliant!! well worth waiting for

sparklep 14 146 1
25 Jul 2008 11:47PM
Steve-T Plus
14 56 66 England
26 Jul 2008 12:42AM
Great capture - great colours
26 Jul 2008 6:44PM
Us Nicola's know the right challenges to set.. winks..

beautiful well done... excellent comp !!!

Nikki !
hellsbells8868 12 151 2 Wales
26 Jul 2008 6:53PM
Just stunning, great capture....
KangaGal 12 66 Australia
27 Jul 2008 8:29AM
Wow - looks like you've mirrored the top - excellent capture, what a thrill.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
27 Jul 2008 9:39AM
Lovely shot; great poses and colours.
Dee73 12 England
27 Jul 2008 9:50AM
superb capture, great colours and detail.

FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
27 Jul 2008 9:48PM
Timed so well Tom.
franfoto 13 2 32 England
27 Jul 2008 11:04PM
I thought this had to be a manipulation when I first looked. It's an amazing capture.
28 Jul 2008 6:27AM
GR8 image, like the title
29 Jul 2008 10:33PM
Another brilliant shot - Tracey
2 Aug 2008 7:45AM
Superb timing, its a terrific capture!
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
4 Aug 2008 5:08PM
You certainly don't have any problems attracting the birds Tom, this is a cracking fun shot! I bet those birds keep on bumping into things and flying into windows after consuming all that alcohol! lol
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2008 8:38PM
Ha, ha, ha... this is hillarious Tom! what a great fun shot! Didn't you capture them later on lying under the table?
5 Aug 2008 2:14PM
Fantastic, Tom. Love it.
rhiw_com 14 24
6 Aug 2008 8:18AM
Well capture Tom, nice camera work.

Rg Tony
AEasthope67 15 46 England
12 Aug 2008 2:28PM
Perfect timing, well captured. Andy

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