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By SteveMoulding    
Thanks for all the best wishes, I had my day off and got out with the camera on Friday but had a few disappointments. Firstly the lack of birds around at Woods Mill (the feeding station feeders empty didn't help) and the amount of activity clearing undergrowth was a second factor. This work is vital to manage the enviroment but I wish it hadn't been on that particular day. I eventually gave up and took the trip over to Arundell WWT in the afternoon.
I managed to get a few fairly decent shots but found a couple of problems with the camera, not focusing properly and the exposure slightly off. I think I must have pressed a button somewhere without realising it.
A bad workman always blames his tools, my Dad used to say. That aside I enjoyed myself, even if I didn't get the quality of shots I wanted or see the Water Rail.
I wish I had known some of you guys were visiting the WWT at Arundel, Saturday, I might have been able to rearrange things and got to meet with you, you could have given me a few pointers. Hope to meet you next time, just let me know, always keen to meet other EPZ'ers.
Today's upload is just a quicky taken on Friday at Arundel. I hope you like him, honest opinions please.
Many thanks for all the C&C's all are very much appreciated.

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Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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franken Plus
15 4.3k 4 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2010 5:15PM
It's a lovely capture!


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EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
8 Feb 2010 5:21PM
The colour and detail, especially whne viewed Large, is lovely.

Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2010 5:29PM
Its a great shot Steve.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2010 5:39PM
cracking detail wonderful colours a beauty steve nice one Wink
Dusan 8 Sri Lanka
8 Feb 2010 5:41PM
Excellent Detail Steve. Well captured
RTDS 9 Cyprus
8 Feb 2010 5:41PM
Super this one Steve.
Great details and colours.
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
8 Feb 2010 5:48PM
The colours are beautiful and the white bright but well exposed,a great shot. - gary
goso 11 2 1 Australia
8 Feb 2010 5:50PM
Lovely capture Steve...Bill
Glyn1 8 4 1 England
8 Feb 2010 5:58PM
Lovely bird with excellent detail & colour.

LukeParkinson 7 30 3 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2010 6:00PM
Good shot. Well done
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2010 6:02PM
lovely image great colour

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2010 6:19PM
A bit of a shambles of a day then ???
This is great especially when viewed large
Beautiful shot well taken, just found some of these in my local park now just need to get close enough !
Maiwand 10 3 73 England
8 Feb 2010 6:56PM
Hi Steve. We also would have liked to have seen you at Arundal. We were blessed with fine weather and had a great day. Maybe next time.
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
8 Feb 2010 7:20PM
Oh, he's a real beauty! Would love to see one of these. And your capture is superb, love it. Sorry your day didn't go as planned but at least you got this lovely shot! Patti
8 Feb 2010 7:36PM
Another cracker, Steve, really sharp, and such beautiful colours.
Another superb shot Steve - well captured

Shroomer 10 14 167 England
8 Feb 2010 7:56PM
Nicely captured Goldy Steve, shame a day early as the Rail was a performer on Saturday.
A few of us will be at Arundel this Wednesday
Jekaro 8 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2010 7:56PM
A wonderful shot, Steve, lovely colours and very well captured.
Alan_Coles 11 178 11 Wales
8 Feb 2010 8:08PM
Nice capture Steve.

The bird is well exposed and has good detail.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2010 8:27PM
An exceptionally good capture of this very pretty bird. Well done.
8 Feb 2010 8:48PM
Amazing detail and very well caught image Steve.
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2010 9:11PM
Sorry Steve - we didn't leave anyone out deliberately - as you probably know things are very weather dependant in the UK and some things are arranged very im promtu.... this is a nice shot of the Goldfinch - but the problems you describe is evident - also the fact that some of the bird is in shade didn't help the matter. Hope to cath up next time - Ina
Roly 10 Wales
8 Feb 2010 9:11PM
It looks fine to me Steve.Nice detail and colour.
shandoor 8 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2010 9:22PM
Beautiful image with superb detail and wonderful colours
Ray42 9 3 England
8 Feb 2010 9:47PM
Lovely capture Steve
Pegon 12 78 1 England
8 Feb 2010 10:12PM
Lovely shot Steve, well caught.
8 Feb 2010 11:33PM
i think he is stunning
maggieh 9 4 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2010 11:39PM
A beautifully natrual shot of this colourful bird. Wasn't such a bad day if you get an image like this.
9 Feb 2010 10:07AM
just right amount of detail on this lovely bird Steve.
Artangel 8 3 1 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2010 10:49AM
Hi Steve, you must be somewhere near me then if you went to Arundel, not a million miles from Emsworth. Have not been there yet, friend said they had a lot of snow damage to rectify. Great shot of this little guy, I get loads in my garden, been feeding them for years now. Romney
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
9 Feb 2010 4:52PM
A simply superb shot.

dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2010 5:24PM
Great looking bird and beautifully captured Steve
9 Feb 2010 5:25PM
Nicely captured Goldie Steve and well presented too !!
Dave_Holdham 8 4 1 Wales
9 Feb 2010 8:05PM
Wonderful detailed image, well presented
Techno Plus
9 2.3k 8 England
9 Feb 2010 9:23PM
Top shot Steve, some very nice detail in this quite beautiful bird.
11 Feb 2010 3:02PM
Great capture - glowing colours.

11 Feb 2010 9:06PM
simply stunning great to see
MandsH 10 England
11 Feb 2010 11:56PM
Great shot

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