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Birds of a Feather- and wasp!

By Maiwand
Golldfinch Fledglings(carduelis carduelis)
I was out on an early morning 'safari' with my very good friend Richard aka Doghouse when we were fortunate enough to spot quite a large flock of Goldfinch- some adult but mostly juveniles and must have been about twenty of them. Spotting them was easy (thro bino's) but the trick was, as always, getting close enough to them to get a halfway decent shot. No matter how carefully we moved they were always just that bit out of range. Eventually they decided to ignore us and settled on a large clump of thistles and were soon tucking into their breakfast; we were then able to move in.
They had settled on a really thick clump of thistle and I have quite deliberately made no attempt to clone any of the plant as it seemed to me to emphasise how much there was of it.
I hope you will enjoy and large if you have time.

As ever my most grateful thanks for all C/C's on the Willow Warbler.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Shroomer, GrahamBaines, ringyneck and 120 more

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Shroomer 11 14 167 England
25 Jun 2008 7:41PM
Great to be the 1st Ron, this really shows off the colours of that morning and a great presentation with the 2 of them, I nearly put this one on, glad I didn't.
Very good capture and glad we finally got close to them

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GrahamBaines 11 39 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 7:44PM
Fantastic luck an excellent capture, wonderful detail and colour.

stevieasp 11 7 England
25 Jun 2008 8:00PM
The two facing opposite ways really works well, great shot,
rangerpaul 11 19 7 England
25 Jun 2008 8:03PM
Wonderful image!
patman 12 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 8:04PM
beautiful shot..patman
25 Jun 2008 8:04PM
Really like the thistle also.. whole image captures the moment .

Superb image and beautifully composed..!!!

Nikki !
RubberBullets 16 1 6 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 8:05PM
Another cracker.

harrattp 11 11 4 England
25 Jun 2008 8:08PM
Superb and well worth the wait for your upload Ron. As usual up to your exceptional qaulity. I went later that same day and I crashed and burned with no images captured. Did you two scare them all away on purpose?
25 Jun 2008 8:09PM
Stunning capture and presented beautifully.
LuzDeNoche 10 2 France
25 Jun 2008 8:10PM
Lovely shot, Ron. I thought Richard's was good, but yours has a sting in the tail!
Smile Lucy
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 8:21PM
Wow two birds and a bee - wonder what else is nestling amongst those thistles. Great image and sharp!
Marilyn x
whiteswan01 10 13 England
25 Jun 2008 8:27PM
great shot nice 2 for the price of 1 well captured
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
25 Jun 2008 8:34PM
What a beautiful shot, so well taken.
janty66 10 3 England
25 Jun 2008 8:37PM
brilliant capture, top shot..
25 Jun 2008 9:00PM
Super image in a natural setting.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
25 Jun 2008 9:08PM
Superior quality image!! Bravo!! Like a 3d effect.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 9:37PM
as always a really good shot
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
25 Jun 2008 9:53PM
this is outstanding... love that you left the shot as is...
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
25 Jun 2008 9:57PM
I like the natural settings. It adds to the whole picture for me. Beautiful.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
25 Jun 2008 10:08PM
Two birds, well composed in a great setting
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 10:15PM
Now this is just showing off - most of us would be delighted with the two birds but you got the bee as well - mind you've got every right to show off such a cracking shot. Ina
vagabond 12 39 1 Wales
25 Jun 2008 10:23PM
Great shot in their natural surroundings. Nice DOF , both look v sharp.
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 10:27PM
Superb shot Graham
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 10:29PM
well I think it is a case of " Fancy landing on these prickles I am not too pleased with you!!
25 Jun 2008 10:38PM
They couldn't have sat better for you Ron, the scene is full of detail and colour, fine image, Adrian
Moj_o 10 10 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 10:45PM
Beautiful shot! Smile

Marian 12 62 England
25 Jun 2008 10:46PM
What a lovely image, especially with the wasp flying.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
25 Jun 2008 10:53PM
So delighted that you find these little devils worth your attention Thanks all.
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2008 11:03PM
Delightful image Ron, love the natural surroundings.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
26 Jun 2008 12:35AM
You seem to have captured an entire zoo! complete with a garden--

and done it well, too

DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
26 Jun 2008 1:17AM
So pleased that you left it as you shot it Ron, it looks so natural for them to be there like that.
Beautiful colours & fantastic the bee.
chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 5:45AM
excellent composition, brilliant shot
goso 11 2 1 Australia
26 Jun 2008 6:38AM
Delightful shot Ron..........Bill
peter_oak 12 1 England
26 Jun 2008 7:48AM
Great shot ,Ron nice composition. I think just a tad over cooked but the bee maks up for that.
I must ask are you and Doghouse holding hands ??

nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
26 Jun 2008 7:58AM
Super capture, great detailed shot.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 9:25AM
Really lovely.

26 Jun 2008 10:30AM
Cracking shot Ron

A Booth 15 11 4 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 12:08PM
brilliant capture - excellent composition and colours.
Valerie1 10 68 Northern Ireland
26 Jun 2008 12:40PM
Lovely detailed shot.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
26 Jun 2008 2:52PM
Thank you all for your kindness
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 3:08PM
Two for the price of one..A brilliant shot and the purple in the flowers makes this such an attractive composition.
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 3:34PM
A really wonderful capture.
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 3:38PM
Superb wonderfil colours and details. Greay composition.
Mikelane 10 1 Wales
26 Jun 2008 4:53PM
Fantastic composition detail and colour excellent capture well done regards
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
26 Jun 2008 6:56PM
Thank you Di,Lucien,Andy and Mike.
Philip_P 13 71 1 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 7:58PM
Lovely Image Ron,
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
26 Jun 2008 9:13PM
Ron, I think you have excelled here, not only an excellent shot, but a Bee as well. For me it's one of your best shots and one to be proud of. Very pleased for you.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 9:40PM
This is more like a painting than a photograph. An artist can have more than one bird, some flowers for colour and effect, and a butterfly or even a bee for extra interest. A photographer is, I suppose, an artist too, but everything has to come magically together for him, which it does here.
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2008 10:20PM
brilliant timing, amazing shot
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
26 Jun 2008 10:37PM
Thank you Phil,Geoff,Pamela and Bun.
abtuie 13 7
26 Jun 2008 11:04PM
A really outstanding shot - lovely detail and colour.

Pegon 12 78 1 England
26 Jun 2008 11:13PM
A brilliant capture Ron, great setting.
fatherpie 9 18 12 England
27 Jun 2008 10:00AM
IMO cloning would have spoilt a great, natural image. Good stuff. Dave
baxster 10 England
27 Jun 2008 2:30PM
cracking image ron,nice one.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
27 Jun 2008 2:32PM
Thanks AC,Pete,Dave and Ian.
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
27 Jun 2008 7:46PM
What a gorgeous shot, just wonderful.
27 Jun 2008 8:52PM
A truly lovely image.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
28 Jun 2008 6:49PM
Thanks Alex and Harry.
piccy 12 8 Wales
28 Jun 2008 9:42PM
Very skittish little things - well caught, bush looks great too.
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
28 Jun 2008 10:11PM
Excellent shot. Well captured.
Silverzone 10 2 England
29 Jun 2008 9:32AM
Superb. Sylvia
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
29 Jun 2008 11:14AM
Thank you Freda,Andy and Sylvia.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
29 Jun 2008 12:56PM
A fine shot of these female finches, such excellent composition and colours. You've done extremely well to catch two in the shot
Beautifully shot, Ron....Lovely colours and Dof!

Suzan Smile
29 Jun 2008 4:10PM
this is just superb
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 5:07PM
Just excellent what more can ai say,
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
29 Jun 2008 6:44PM
Thank you Ed,Suzan,Charlie and Alan.
MandsH 11 England
29 Jun 2008 7:41PM
Superb, especially getting two of them, looks good with the flowers
daffydill56 14 190 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 9:10PM
What is there left for me to say Ron?? Great work, and a very eye catching image, well done!!

franfoto 10 2 32 England
30 Jun 2008 12:22AM
This is an outstanding image Ron, the way you have caught the birds back to back and the wasp just flying off is such perfect timing. The lovely splash of colour with the thistles and the OOF background, all in all a super shot. Wish I hadn't just given my user award away for this week.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
30 Jun 2008 4:15PM
Thanks Mandy, Fran and Fran
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
30 Jun 2008 10:35PM
Had another look at this Ron, and think it's worth a little more than just a vote.
Ray42 10 3 England
1 Jul 2008 9:43PM
Luck? Not so sure - a great shot full of detail
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2008 10:43PM
What a lovely arrangement! As if sitting there to have their pic taken!
2 Jul 2008 11:32PM
Are you sure this isn't a standard arrangement set up for porcelain birds? I mean wow, you just couldn't arrange this better if you trained 'em.... respect.... helen x
Well I spose that it is alright......haha nah it is good, well composed! An Peter Oak needs a parrot to complete his Long John Silver theme that he is going for! haha

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
3 Jul 2008 10:41PM
Thanks Geoff, Ray,Johanna,Helen and Vicky.
GlenD 11 United States
4 Jul 2008 6:28PM
Superb Ron
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
4 Jul 2008 9:50PM
Thanks Glen.
hellsbells8868 9 151 2 Wales
21 Jul 2008 9:39PM
Wow, perfect.
MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
12 Aug 2008 10:52PM
...brilliant shot Ron...well done indeed :


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