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By glazzaro  
Good Morning

Well we did not make it out to Bombay hook last night, the weather kept threatening rain, then would clear up, and then get cloudy again, so we said the heck with it and just took shots from our deck. Got several shots of birds, they were quite in abundance.

So normally I don't take shots of birds on feeders, usually I place the feeders near branches so as to catch them in the limbs. However I took this shot of a Bluejay hanging from the feeder in order to set my camera settings. When I got back in and started looking at the shots I was surprised at this one. I really liked the overall comp. Could end up being a flop but oh well, I like it. I did get some nice full shots in the trees, but the wife posted one of her own so I decided to wait and show those later. Let me know what you think, does it have appeal or should I stick to the full natural shots?

You all have a great weekend and I will talk to you later.


Location: Middletown, Delaware, USA (Backyard)
Special Equipment: N/A
Processing: Saturation and contrast, spot sharpened with hand tool.
Weather: Late afternoon, 5:30 pm.
Tripod : Yes
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens : Nikon Sigma 120-300mm
Focal Len : 300mm
Flash : No
Exposure Mode : Aperture Priority
Metering Mode : Multi-Pattern
Exposure : -1.0
Shutter : 1/350
F Stop : F 2.8
ISO : 100

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Ceciliat, PhillsPhotography, cantona43 and 80 more

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28 May 2006 4:03AM
what wonderful colours cheers greg
cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
28 May 2006 4:08AM
excellent shot beautiful colors well captured
28 May 2006 4:09AM
excellent shot
lcmerrin 16 17 England
28 May 2006 4:15AM
absolutely superb


28 May 2006 4:17AM
Brilliant sharp shot, lovely colouring.
mickf1 15 2 England
28 May 2006 4:21AM
Good clear shot, love the colours
ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
28 May 2006 4:27AM
Beautiful feather detail and colour, well caught.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
28 May 2006 4:30AM
No risk from flop says the master off flop. Lovely details
Briwooly 15 454 6 England
28 May 2006 4:30AM
No it aint a flop well caught great colour and detail
JouŠo 17 56 Finland
28 May 2006 4:40AM
Brilliant details in this!
Another great capture, Greg!

AlleyCatz 15 274 6 England
28 May 2006 4:54AM
The colour blues on that Bluejay are amazing! They make my gardens family of Robins look very dull. Excellent capture.

bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
28 May 2006 4:57AM
wow amazing colours.. brilliant shot
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2224 United Kingdom
28 May 2006 5:52AM
I have to admit that I prefer ther natural shots but this one just had to be seen, such striking colours. He couldn't have posed better, full on back feather detail and head turned, great.
Jasbe 15 116 England
28 May 2006 5:59AM
I like it as well Greg, top shot of a bird that doesn't appear much on this site (or not that I've seen anyway).
ColouredImages 16 47 35 United Kingdom
28 May 2006 6:13AM
Another sure fire winner here greg!!!
KathyR 16 Canada
28 May 2006 6:56AM
Fabulous shot! So clear and crisp.
28 May 2006 7:17AM
I think what makes this better than most"bird at feeder" shots is that you managed to get a good eye contact, that catch light in the eye and a very nice composition going with the inclusion of the tree leaves and the angle the bird is at too. not to mention that beautiful feather detail. I like it.
Trev_p 15 England
28 May 2006 7:24AM
love the colours
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
28 May 2006 7:33AM
Wow!He's a cracker Greg,lovely colours,plumage,angle,detail,clarity,dof and presentation.Amazingly composed.Take care.AnnSmile
wyatturp 15 2 England
28 May 2006 8:04AM
Super picture----happy days-30
AlanBW 15 20 England
28 May 2006 8:07AM
Captured in beautiful detail and colours
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
28 May 2006 8:42AM
This image allows one to gauge the size of this larger bird-- Details of feathers, catchlight, tail and wings all very apparent and well done--
Feeder is clean and no distractions -- I'd say this will pass muster!

JohnoP 15 2
28 May 2006 10:20AM
Another lovely one - beautiful colourful bird - John
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
28 May 2006 10:36AM
Love the vibrant colours
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
28 May 2006 11:28AM
wow Greg, what a colourful bird, non over here!!!
Aurora 16 3 England
28 May 2006 11:43AM
No problem with the bird feed Greg. Hardly notice it, with such a beautiful bird. Colour and detail brilliant.
Aurora 16 3 England
28 May 2006 11:43AM
No problem with the bird feeder Greg. Hardly notice it, with such a beautiful bird. Colour and detail brilliant.
Whoops, sorry about the hiccup.
TessC 15 1 Ireland
28 May 2006 12:27PM
I like it Greg. The birdfeeder is nice in this image. The bird is what I focus on in any case, a gorgeous one at that, such lovely colour. WonderfulSmile
28 May 2006 1:02PM
Great shot, another click from me

Ajack 15
28 May 2006 1:08PM
A really stunning shot
bill c 17 1 United Kingdom
28 May 2006 1:08PM
He certainly is blue. Stunning colours and super detail. Well taken!!

exposure Plus
17 6.0k United Kingdom
28 May 2006 1:28PM
Lovely detail light colour and composition.
Big_Beavis 16 5 2 England
28 May 2006 1:30PM
A brilliant shot, so beautifully presented.

pcjackso Junior Member 16 7
28 May 2006 1:50PM
Wow.What a cracker
28 May 2006 3:00PM
This is superbly sharp.
It jumps out of the thumbnails!
Would you recommend this lens, I want a long zoom with a 2.8 throughout.

A_Harrison 16 261 Canada
28 May 2006 4:03PM
Don't usually like shots with the feeder in them but this is so so well done. Excellent

User_Removed 16 825 Lithuania
28 May 2006 7:39PM
thats one top of the range posh bird feeder shot!... super colour!
28 May 2006 10:35PM
beautfiul colours in the bird,great capture
29 May 2006 12:24AM
A Stunner, Greg!!!
Luv those Blues you've captured....Truly Well Done!

Suzan Smile
29 May 2006 2:50AM
What's a lovely picture! Thank you for provided the useful information.
yjjeep 17 13
29 May 2006 6:25AM
Shows what they do.I like it.
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
29 May 2006 6:29AM
Fabulous colouring and detail. Paul
Chriscj 15 96 1 England
30 May 2006 12:39AM
Beautiful colour and so sharp.

jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
30 May 2006 2:27AM
Good shot, Greg. Think its the same one Cecila shoot?
bricurtis Plus
15 2.5k 51 England
30 May 2006 2:32AM
Beautiful colours and detail.Different to see the back of the bird.

kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
30 May 2006 12:18PM
such a well executed and taken shot Greg
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
30 May 2006 1:26PM
Exquisite shot, to see this vivid colour birdie so well. Good dof as always. thnaks for sharing

angelamary 15 6 England
31 May 2006 4:03AM
A gorgeous bird! Very well caught!
evelen 16 5 England
31 May 2006 8:32AM
this is a wonderful colour of this bird great capture as allways. is your wife on epz as you say she has posted a shot, if so what is her name so i can see her p'f. eve.
claret 17 49 England
31 May 2006 10:56PM
You posting a flop?? Doubt it.
sputnki 17 10 Canada
2 Jun 2006 12:43AM
Hey you know me Greg! Any shot if it appeals to you! I see what you mean about this composition tho, it has a nice 'balance' about it!

Cristian 16 950 1
5 Jun 2006 1:18PM
Such a colurful bird Greg.


starliz 17 1.6k 3 England
5 Jun 2006 1:27PM
wonderful colour and detail of the feathers,works a treat a touch of green leaf,think the position of him makes the shot,lovely Greg.
8 Jun 2006 2:23PM
Amazing stuff!

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