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By FeatherFriend
This is a shot of a young Nuthatch, not fully matured, who looks as though he will be a fine specimen when he's fully grown. I am quite pleased with the detail in this one and wish I could get this result every time. I'm pretty sure he knew I was taking the shot judging by the expression in the eye, (I think he's saying "this better be good" lol.)
Version 2 is a shot of a mature one taken in April this year to show what he'll look like in a few weeks time.
May I thank you all for your votes and comments on my M/Barn Swallow, I am very grateful for your continued support. Hope you all have a good weekend.

f/5.6 1/320sec ISO 250 H/Held

Tags: Wildlife Birds Woodland Wildlife and nature Nuthatchandjuvenile

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15 Jun 2008 2:46PM
Superb image. Sylvia

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VCLex 11 1 Belgium
15 Jun 2008 2:47PM
Wonderful composition, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colours and nice light, I like the eye contact, a big vote.
Cormy 11 3 England
15 Jun 2008 2:59PM
Both images are of very high quality indeed.
GMKhamish 11 1 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2008 3:18PM
Another super wildlife image.
15 Jun 2008 3:34PM
Great presentation spot on detail.
gary_d 11 576 13 Wales
15 Jun 2008 3:40PM
These are two cracking super images even by your standards Geoff. - gary
DerekL 14 207 24 England
15 Jun 2008 3:54PM
2 shots to be proud of.
I particularly like the lighting and the pose in the 1st one.
lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
15 Jun 2008 4:06PM
Fantastic detail
digiray63 12 4 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2008 4:11PM
Two superb shots, no1 is my favourite.
harrattp 12 11 4 England
15 Jun 2008 4:12PM
Fantastic shots Geoff. Superb detail and composition.
Shroomer 12 14 167 England
15 Jun 2008 4:23PM
2 very good shots Geoff, love the shadows and balance on the fledgeling.
Answer to your question, me in a swimsuit, couldn't find any in mossy oak mate so went without..haha
Managed to get some Sardinian Warblers, another new one for you
FeatherFriend 11 38 217 England
15 Jun 2008 4:26PM

Quote:2 very good shots Geoff, love the shadows and balance on the fledgeling.
Answer to your question, me in a swimsuit, couldn't find any in mossy oak mate so went without..haha
Managed to get some Sardinian Warblers, another new one for you

They're fish in a tin aren't they?
pennyspike 16 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2008 4:32PM
Lovely feather detail, I think I'd tone down the bright leaves bottom left just a tad as they are catching my eye a bit.
You'll love the variety of birds in Scotland. I don't know enough about them to identify many of them but we were entranced even through the cottage window when I couldn't put my nose outside the door for fear of midge attack.
User_Removed 11 78 1 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2008 5:08PM
Brilliant Geoff.. good use of light

Rock Plus
17 10 2 England
15 Jun 2008 5:41PM
Work of a very high quality.

buxton 11 England
15 Jun 2008 5:44PM
Two wonderful shots, V2 is my favorite.
janty66 12 3 England
15 Jun 2008 6:30PM
2 super images...
SurreyHillsMan 11 27 2 England
15 Jun 2008 6:33PM
Two brilliant images Geoff... love that first one, superb lighting

GalleryGirl 12 4 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2008 6:41PM
They are both superb! Sharp and detailed.
Marilyn x
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
15 Jun 2008 6:46PM
Excellent shots Geoff. Great gadgets you have. clear details.
MandsH 12 England
15 Jun 2008 7:03PM
Both shots are so very good
goso 13 2 1 Australia
15 Jun 2008 7:18PM
Two lovely images Geoff.........Bill
MickyMc 11 8 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2008 7:39PM
Yes he definitely knew you were there, but it is an amazing shot, I dont think I have ever seen them head on before
15 Jun 2008 8:08PM
2 Great images Geoff, the quality and detail is superb.
peterboyce 11 1 England
15 Jun 2008 9:12PM
2 stunning shots geoff version 1 for me its a brilliant picture....peter
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2085 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2008 9:23PM
The juvenile image is excellent, Geoff, and I know it was only put up for comparison, but I keep going back to V2 because I like it so much.
Mikelane 12 1 Wales
15 Jun 2008 10:14PM
Superb images geoff well captured
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2008 10:18PM
excellent shot
nickyv32 12 135 England
15 Jun 2008 10:54PM
Wonderful shot, lovely detail.

bunbeam 13 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2008 11:26PM
they`re both superb captures.. nice to be able to compare..
16 Jun 2008 12:08AM
2 superb images,
greatdog 11 21 England
16 Jun 2008 6:46AM
Morning Geoff,this really is two first class shots,great color and detail,and what a pose!Sorry for late comments votes,home computer is having internet problems!! very frustrating !!and still not sorted! I can use one at work thank goodness,have a good week,Dane.
Gaucho 17 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 10:04AM
Excellent work. Two lovely images. Have to agree with Penny re the leaf on the first one, but really good stuff.
FeatherFriend 11 38 217 England
16 Jun 2008 10:37AM
Thank you all for your votes and comments, much appreciated. Re the leaf, I like to present images as natural as possible, and this shot is straight out of the camera apart from a small crop and not 'set up' in any way. I could have cloned the leaf out quite easily, but from my short experience on this site, there are those who prefer less of the cloning and maniplulation. Personally, I think the leaf fills what would otherwise be a dark empty corner bottom left and 'natural'. However, I joined this site to learn, and the views here are noted and appreciated. many thanks.
tigertimb 11 40 66 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 12:37PM
Excellent shot Geoff; great detail and love the composition with the branch and the spotlight on the bird. I love this dark background; interesting, but not distracting and I'm happy with the leaves at the bottom left - maybe darkening them a bit instead of removing them might keep everyone happy Smile
AlanC1 12 1 England
16 Jun 2008 2:06PM
V1 for me the expression on the bird and detail is marvellous well done
dianah 12 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 3:23PM
Both fabulous but version1 wins the day. I love the colours and the sunlight filtering through the leaves. Superb shot.
LuzDeNoche 11 2 France
16 Jun 2008 4:35PM
Great work Geoff. Nice to see yet another sort of fledgling.
Smile Lucy
gerrymac 12 10 1 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 5:17PM
Both excellent...could'nt the light in # 1....
piccy 13 8 Wales
16 Jun 2008 6:56PM
Two lovely shots.
Gezina 12 3 6 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 7:45PM
This has got a serious WOW factor to both shots - very well done I would have been over the moon if they were mine. Ina
16 Jun 2008 7:53PM
So sharp, excellent!!
dmhuynh72 11 44 3 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 10:48PM
excellent usual. excellent lighting and clarity
abtuie 15 7
16 Jun 2008 11:02PM
Two really outstanding photos, Geoff, I can't choose between the two.
Your work is now of the highest class.

ChristineL 14 39 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2008 1:31PM
Both lovely, but V2 is my favourite,
janet 17 27 England
17 Jun 2008 1:50PM
Both superb images Geoff! Thanks for sharing.

Maiwand 12 3 73 England
17 Jun 2008 4:28PM
I love this shot Geoff. Full of interest and lovely detail and I am of the same opinion as you with regard to the cloning.
17 Jun 2008 5:23PM
Version One .. light is amazing, and pose looks Film quality...!

Version Two Goes with out saying... Brilliant..

Nikki !
phototime 13 8 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2008 5:30PM
Two superb shots,excellent light and detail.

Scaramanga Plus
11 57 6 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2008 5:36PM
2 absolutely stunning images, both would stand alone equally as well. Amazing.
rmr 12 1 Wales
17 Jun 2008 7:02PM
wonderful captures geoff,superb detail
peter_oak 14 1 England
17 Jun 2008 8:06PM
V2 has more detail but both very good shots.

taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
17 Jun 2008 8:46PM
Nuthatches are such great subjects-- they go about their business with such purpose-- The juvenile is extra special-- Good to have the adult to compare with

Top class work here!


wharmby 13 15 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2008 5:52PM
Great capture. Lovely lighting
RubberBullets 18 1 6 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 1:47PM
Two more stunning shots Geoff, really superb.

StevenPrice 14 30 2 England
21 Jun 2008 9:44AM
Excellent work.
franfoto 11 2 32 England
22 Jun 2008 7:34PM
Top shot Geoff, not used to seeing a nuthatch from this angle.
Lovely stuff.
Fran x
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
25 Jun 2008 9:51PM
Two first class images, both are superbly sharp and detailed
brownsilent 12 7 2 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2008 6:30PM
Super shots, V1 has super light, V2 is simply brilliant!
fossilized 14 79 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 10:17AM
Lovely capture. Really like the pose and eye contact - a real bonus.

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