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By Dee_licious1
Taken yesterday at Draycotte Water (Reservoir). Hopefully going back again today, saw lots where we sit - Woodpecker, kestral (hiding behind twigs so not worthy of upload), sparowhawk swooping in for a kill, loads of tits (great, blue and long tailed) as well as the usual water birds and I think a wren hoping over/under around the bolders!) and how can I forget the wagtail! Anyway, was a morning of experimenting with the camera and this is my favourite of the morning.

1/200 sec
300mm focal length
ISO - 320
Metering - centre weighted average
Exposure Program - Manual
Focuse - Manual
Exposure Compensation - 0
No Flash

Post Production
Adjusted exposure - was under exposed (still learning!)
Tad of saturation
Unsharp mask

Hope that is of use to someone Smile

Big is better

Thank you for looking.


Tags: Chaffinch Bird Draycotte Wildlife and nature

Voters: Pegon, mickf1, sparklep and 35 more

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11 Feb 2007 9:11AM
Super, clear picture and nice presentation

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ColouredImages 15 47 35 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2007 9:19AM
Just HOW Close can yo get Dawn. A beautiful image
Buffalo_Tom Plus
13 2.3k 9 Wales
11 Feb 2007 9:19AM
A beautiful bird portrait.
Dee_licious1 14 23 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2007 9:27AM
Morning Mike Smile

actually this is a fairly big crop. Was probably 7ft away at the time (Chris in the front of the car and me in the backseat!), well he was using the 200mm lens and I have a cracking 300mm lens - thought it would even us out a bit! ha ha ha

We are very very lucky at Draycotte - if we can get in with the car before the man on the gate arrives. We just park at one of parking bays and sit and wait - the birds are used to people so come rather close, sometimes too close. Smile

User_Removed 13 16 England
11 Feb 2007 9:34AM
Gorgeous detailed capture of a very handsome **** chaffinch. Well taken and presented.
chase Plus
14 1.3k 275 England
11 Feb 2007 9:40AM
Nice one Dawn,lovely colours & a good alert pose.
11 Feb 2007 9:44AM
Lovely feather detail, nice dof level, nice work
Dennie 15 260 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2007 9:52AM
Lovely shot, great detail and colour, well present. Denise x
piccy 13 8 Wales
11 Feb 2007 11:26AM
You've got a winning recipe there. Stunning shot.
DolphinLady 13 54 1 Wales
11 Feb 2007 11:57AM
I looked at the large version, & it looks as if he's sitting on my PC.
This is a fantastic shot Dawn.
The feather detail is amazing.
Well done.
Rock 17 10 2 England
11 Feb 2007 3:40PM
A very fine capture.

KBan 14 512 4 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2007 3:49PM
superb detail and colours Dawn
Dee_licious1 14 23 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2007 5:02PM
Thank you everyone, a wonderful response from you all.

Went playing again today, first thing we saw when we got there was a kestral, which flew out of the tree then hovered very close to us. No shot from me, had the converter on and forgot to change my settings accordingly. In fact, a great day to watch and take pics but nothing worth keeping :-( Oh well, sh*t happens. There's always next time!

glazzaro 14 70 23 United States
12 Feb 2007 6:58AM
Well taken, you really captured the detail, Spot on! Click!!!

Pegon 14 78 1 England
14 Feb 2007 9:15PM
Another cracker Dawn, he looks like he's been digging in the soil with his beak.
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
8 Jun 2011 11:07PM
Some lovely detail here Dee, looks like he's been foraging around by the look of his beak, well done,

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