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11 Feb 2012 8:34AM
lovely shot Richard hope you are on the mend my friend

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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 8:39AM
I'm blown away by is one, such fabulous timing, and wonderful detail on the Jackdaw and the Hind.
moiral 6 12 Scotland
11 Feb 2012 8:40AM
What an absolutely brilliant capture. The hind is probably glad to get rid of the ticks to tolerate this at her eye. Hope that fly didn't land on her too Grin. Moira
CaroleS Plus
6 420 3 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 8:48AM
Superb shot and what timing to get the hind with its eye closed, not to mention that fly zooming in - such wonderful detail. - Carole
jayhawk2000 10 12 3 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 8:49AM
As a rule I switch off ephotozine anytime there are three or more bird or 'flowers in my garden' shots but this stands out because something is actually happening for a change, the subjects have character and they have been captured beautifully. I would have cloned out the fly and cropped it into a portrait, but each to their own.
footloose 5 1 England
11 Feb 2012 8:55AM
Top image this one,well caught.
Dennis
MossyOak 4 22 15 England
11 Feb 2012 8:59AM

Quote:As a rule I switch off ephotozine anytime there are three or more bird or 'flowers in my garden' shots but this stands out because something is actually happening for a change, the subjects have character and they have been captured beautifully. I would have cloned out the fly and cropped it into a portrait, but each to their own.

Thats a very interesting comment and I have some like that but as the fly can be seen as a fly I left it in as it shows interest into the blank bg. Also as it is a wildlife/nature image the space to the right in this format works to give room for the hind and image to 'look into'. If it had been a portrait space is not needed and thus by closing in the whole image to portrait just doesn't work in nature.
Good ideas thoughbut you have to remember it was the author sees at the time and selects to capture the whole moment as witnessed. It shows what is going on with the open space.
11 Feb 2012 9:06AM
A superb capture. Eye contact throughout and very sharp. I personally think the fly is a great addition to a fine composition. A
czech 4 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 9:15AM
Superb shot!
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 9:15AM
Oh how Fantastic............... Very well doneGrinGrinGrin
Diane
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
11 Feb 2012 9:34AM
Glad you kept the fly, Richard, it all adds to the image as a whole, which is ace, by the way Smile Just out of interest, were you aware the fly was there when you too the shot? Carol
MossyOak 4 22 15 England
11 Feb 2012 9:41AM

Quote:Glad you kept the fly, Richard, it all adds to the image as a whole, which is ace, by the way Smile Just out of interest, were you aware the fly was there when you too the shot? Carol


No way did I know the fly was there Wink iterally frozen in time. I was concentrating on the Hind and her expressions, although the flies are always about, the old rule take enough photo's and eventually one will be in the shot.
Also you have to have a little bit of luck in wildlife and this time it was there. Smile
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
11 Feb 2012 10:25AM
A classic, Richard - so much interest and expression in just one simple frame. Detailed and composed to perfection.
Sylvia
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
11 Feb 2012 10:41AM
Its all in the timing with this Richard and this is just spot on. Excellent capture.
Ron
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 10:56AM
A wonderful sim biotic relationship caught in time, superb, one of your best
David
MossyOak 4 22 15 England
11 Feb 2012 11:22AM
Many thanks everyone and to Sylvia (Teocali) for the User Award
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 1:20PM
I have to hand it to you Richard, you do take some fabulous pics this being one of those such picsSmile
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 1:43PM
Fantastic image Richard, yes one to be proud of.
Brian
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
11 Feb 2012 3:38PM
Happy to be 30th on this mate, not so happy about it being better than my Jackdaw image Tongue Well done mucker this really is a truly stunning image, just wish it was mine again!!!

Ade Smile
Niknut Plus
6 1.2k 68 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 5:16PM
Superb shot !!!....wonderful bit of co-operative behaviour.....& exquisite quality !!!!!
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
11 Feb 2012 6:12PM
Excellent timing,the Fly makes this one for me Richard.
So made me smile too.
Glynn 10 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 6:13PM
Like the tight crop here Richard.
tomcat 10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 7:09PM
One for that little drawer RichardSmile

The one just above the top drawerSmile

Just oozes "natural world"


Adrian
Mike_Young 9 12 9 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2012 11:06PM
Excellent
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2012 9:19AM
Can't really add more than has already been said, simply stunning!
12 Feb 2012 10:39AM
A true winner in my eyes ..
Oliverpants 7 2 2 England
12 Feb 2012 12:55PM
Outstanding. Ann
LesF 9 182 9
13 Feb 2012 7:42AM
Simply an outstanding wildlife image, love it


LesF
ringyneck 9 315 18 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 10:04AM
Awesome capture.


I would be content with just the fly.....Wink
Keith
mrswoolybill Plus
9 948 1479 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2012 11:41AM
One last GEA from me - I lost track of this one when I gave my own UA, forgetting how that would empty my shortlist. Brilliant observation, an image that says something about two different creatures. Plus the fly as a bonus, it completes the line of eye-beak-wink-eye perfectly. Serendipity, the gift for making unexpected happy discoveries - it also involves the gift for recognising their worth and not cloning them out..
Oh and a good crop.
My apologies to Jonathan for disturbing the flow of 'his' GEA Gallery.
Moira
MalcolmM Plus
11 499 5 Scotland
13 Feb 2012 12:14PM
Superb image, worthy of awards.
13 Feb 2012 3:22PM
Amazing, A capture we dream about getting. ............Sandy
13 Feb 2012 3:44PM
Really excellent image. How long did it take you to get this, and was it behaviour that you had previously seen?

cheers

Steve
MossyOak 4 22 15 England
13 Feb 2012 4:19PM
Thanks Steve. I witness this all the time and saw Jackdaws about and just waited for the right moment.
bricurtis Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
14 Feb 2012 10:28AM
Fabulous image Richard - well deserving of all the Awards.
Brian.
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2012 11:02PM
Magazine quality throughout - outstanding photography, Richard.
Terry
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
15 Feb 2012 6:46PM
An oustanding image Richard, this one fully deserves all the accolades it has received
James_C 7 36 56 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2012 2:15PM
What a smashing photograph Richard.

James
LukeParkinson 6 30 3 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2012 9:05AM
Awesome Richard. It's just perfect.. Glad you've kept the fly!
cheesey 10 2 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2012 9:36PM
Absolutely brilliant. Top drawer.
Cheesey.
Skate 4 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 9:24PM
This is outstanding! Just love it. The interaction is wonderful and the sharpness and detail superb. Amazing!
7 Mar 2012 1:26PM
Amazing !

David
JohnoP 11 2
25 Mar 2012 8:59PM
Timing is everything! Superb! John
1881 4 India
2 Apr 2012 5:16PM
Brilliant capture.
Regards
SANJEEV
janeez 8 1.7k 8 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2012 12:06PM

Quote: I would have cloned out the fly and cropped it into a portrait


Sometimes it's knowing what to leave in that makes all the difference! This is a truly spectacular shot and I wish I was as skilled and patient to achieve such a fantastic image. Just to have them looking in the right direction is an achievement in itself! Wink

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