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Mrs Stonechat

By Maiwand
The Stonechat ( saxicola torquata )
Spent hours this bright and sunny but cold and windy morning scrambling through very scratchy gorse trying to get within a reasonable range to get shots of the Stonechat. My legs are torn to ribbons !! I never did get close enough ( do we ever ?) but I did manage to get within the distance to enable me to get these shots.
I was rather surprised when I looked at the shot closely to see that she had picked up a small lizard; not seen that before. If you look large you will see in V1 that the poor lizard has got a leg through the birds mouth as it struggles to get free. I can tell you it did not manage it. V2 is the same bird but showing the lizard more clearly.
Large view will be really worth your time.

My very appreciative thanks for the super response to the Lord of The Manor.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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andymark 8 1 England
12 May 2010 7:58PM
amazing wow great shot

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Absolute belter. Very rewarding after all your efforts.
Pooooooooor little lizard...but cracking shots! Well done.
excellent capture, thumbs up!
jonah794 8 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 8:07PM
A really good set of shots here Ron - I particularly like V2, I can see a small halo around the bird on V1. Anyway, very well done - I like them - I still haven't got one yet Sad
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 8:10PM
Well worth the scratches etc; Ron.
Isn't the halo caused by partial backlighting?

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 8:13PM
bet you were pleased with this one Ron a great capture and different to the norm
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
12 May 2010 8:15PM
Quite right Adrian. The colour fringeing on V1 just below ther ches is reflection from OOF yellow gorse behind the bird.
vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 8:15PM
Good captures. V2 for me.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 8:18PM
wow this has to be worth the scratches..... they are one off images of top quality indeed - wonderful work

Linda x
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
12 May 2010 8:21PM
Two wonderful images Ron. Never seen anything like that in all my years bird watching. This must be a very rare occurrence.
Agree with Adrian - no halo - it's the back light.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 8:24PM
Oh dear that poor lizard! in large view he is looking pleadingly for help ..face on..Ron for this very unusual shot those scratches were nothing, probably gone now as well....but these two beauties will stay Superbly on the hard drive.
Perfectly captured with an unusual meal...just bet no one else has a shot like this?
12 May 2010 8:26PM
Super shot - well done!
harrattp 11 11 4 England
12 May 2010 8:28PM
Top action shot Ron. A first class capture, and to catch it with a lizard; amazing.

Superb lighting and lovely colours, Ron. An excellent pair of well exposed images and beautifully composed shots. Well timed too.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
12 May 2010 8:39PM
Beautiful pictures.
Graham_P 11 1 19 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 8:41PM
Two great images Ron, well worth all the scratches,
OliPackwood 8 5 5 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 8:42PM
Two absolute stunning shots!! Version 2 is my favorate!!!!

OAKEY 10 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 8:43PM
Great capture Ron, well worth all the scratches, never thought thay would bother a lizard, very well done finding this one .
12 May 2010 8:47PM
2 Superb shots well done indeed
12 May 2010 8:47PM
Absolutely perfect. A picture to die for - certainly worth a few scratches (he says from the comfort of his padded chair, perfectly safe, unscathed, in the warm, G&T, in front of the PC!!) Wonderful, thank you for sharing that, it's made my evening.
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
12 May 2010 8:48PM
This is an absolute stunner Ron, like Brian i've never witnessed this before. Cracking capture in all respects and what a brilliant bonus with food, lizard is icing on the cake.
No pain no gain, I bet you said and this proves the dedication in getting this stunner
Brilliant mate
DaveHobbo 11 10 England
12 May 2010 8:52PM
What abrilliant image, image 2 the best with the clean background.

Dave H
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
12 May 2010 8:54PM
What a catch

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
12 May 2010 8:57PM
Two beauties, with my preference being with V 2 b/o the contrasting b/g tone.
12 May 2010 8:59PM
Two Real beauties Ron,wonderful detail and excellent settings !! Love em both...
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 9:02PM
These two shots are amazing, I thought at first glance that it had a frog in it's beak, but seeing V2 surprised me. --Well done
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 9:10PM
absolutely perfect....what more can i say x
phil_j 11 134 4 England
12 May 2010 9:17PM
A belter Ron, superb.

Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
12 May 2010 9:22PM
Two brilliant captures Ron.
User_Removed 8 10 1 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 9:28PM
Brilliant Ron
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 9:30PM
Two great shots Ron, you're a lucky man!
Oliverpants 9 2 2 England
12 May 2010 9:33PM
Fantastic, such a great capture and worthy of the awards. Ann
Glyn1 8 4 1 England
12 May 2010 9:35PM
2 fabulous shots Ron, worth all the accolades.

Ray42 10 3 England
12 May 2010 9:46PM
What a pair of corkers Ron -complete with dinner - brilliant shots and congratulations on the two UA's - well deserved
12 May 2010 9:47PM
Super capture Ron... never seen this either, brillaint images

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 May 2010 10:21PM
An impressive, beautiful image-- even has the dinner in focus-- Love the bg!
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 10:26PM
2 excellent captures Ron and a great capture for the stonechat too! Amazing!
DerekL 13 188 24 England
12 May 2010 10:31PM
Definately a pair of bird shots with a difference.
Good detail and colours and the unusual food is an added bonus.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
12 May 2010 10:37PM
My most grateful thanks to you all.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 11:01PM
Both are stunning!

Carrie_1 8 2 6 Wales
12 May 2010 11:29PM
Both images are stunning.
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 11:43PM
Two belters Ron - the detail especially in V2 is very good - a real wildlife moment very well captured - impressive work mate and worth every scratch - Ina
GlenD 11 United States
13 May 2010 5:10AM
Good catch both of you!! Know what you mean about getting torn up! Every bloom plant here it Florida has spikes!!!! Well worth scars here though Ron
13 May 2010 6:34AM
What lovely captures Ron - well done

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
13 May 2010 8:50AM
Thank you Ken,Caroline,Glen and Chris.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
13 May 2010 11:33AM
That's quite a mouthful...well deserving of the awards.
Silverzone 10 2 England
13 May 2010 3:29PM
Superb. Sylvia
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 May 2010 7:36PM
Two cracking shots Ron, the detail and colours are first class and both compositions are excellent
Dinney 9 2 England
13 May 2010 8:29PM
These are excellent shots Ron, what dedication,
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
13 May 2010 10:51PM
Thanks Joline,Sylvia,Ed and Kev.
14 May 2010 8:47AM
This is a amazing capture just stunning Ron, both images are very beautiful with that wonderful pose and the great colour and what a superb bonus with the food in his mouth. A lovely mouth-watering lizard. Gary
Alec1 10 4 United Kingdom
14 May 2010 10:10AM
Superb Ron,you can't but help but feel sorry for the lizard but thats nature.
WL_Harris 9 3 2 United States
14 May 2010 1:13PM
To start with you nailed these two shots they are extremely clear, the composition, bg and colors are awesome.
Now the lizard!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW Love IT
Keep em coming
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
14 May 2010 3:26PM
Thanks Gary,Alec and Lee.
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
14 May 2010 5:47PM
2 Wonderful shots Ron.
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
14 May 2010 7:55PM
Two excellent captures Ron,the side-on shot in V2 is my fav,superb images............

goso 11 2 1 Australia
14 May 2010 11:30PM
Top shelf stuff Ron, a ripper...Bill
Thushari 8 1 Sri Lanka
15 May 2010 6:30PM
both excellent images Ron
Well captured
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
15 May 2010 6:46PM
Thank you Brian,Tony,Bill and Thushari
15 May 2010 10:00PM
At first glance I though it was a slug, poor lizard but excellent shots Ron, well captured and presented.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
16 May 2010 4:40PM
Thanks Ruth
A Booth 15 11 4 United Kingdom
17 May 2010 7:19AM
beautifully timed and taken images, colours composition detail and capture with food excellent.
TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
17 May 2010 8:40AM
Superb bird photography here, Ron. Well done indeed.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
17 May 2010 4:12PM
Thanks Alan and Terry.
18 May 2010 9:16PM
truly amazing capture!
19 May 2010 7:59PM
DannoM 9 58 England
20 May 2010 1:24PM
2 cracking images, well done on the deserved awards!
maggie9 9 45 2 Scotland
20 May 2010 4:29PM
ohh wow fantastic set
very well done catching these shots!
yup ive been there.....stabbed to shreds by whins

Alan_Coles 12 178 11 Wales
20 May 2010 6:35PM
Fantastic pair of images Ron...real good wildlife shot - not a bird you get in a garden for sure !!

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