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Not a winner but a first.

By SteveMoulding  
Not a winner but a first.

These two images are nowhere near good enough to post really, they are soft and noisy. But as a record of seeing a bird I had never seen before I thought you might like to see him.
Unfortunately it was a busy sunny Sunday afternoon along the coast and my wife and I were taking a stroll along the beach and as all keen photographers, took my camera, hoping to catch a few seabirds in flight. Alas there were none around but a few sparrows collecting nest material deep in the bushes. On our walk back skywatching I just caught, out of the corner of my eye, some movement and bird appeared on a rock some distance away. I moved a little closer and took a grab shot from far away not having time to check my settings (bad boy) just in case I disturbed him. Just then a kid ran up the beach and shoo'd him, to say I was annoyed would be polite, little ******, so I got the one pretty poor grab shot. I persuaded my wife to rest for a while and we took a bench for half an hour hoping for his return, alas not a sign. So reluctantly we moved on. Just a short time later further along the beach he appeared again but even more distant. Trying to be more stealthy I kept low and tried to get closer. Flighty birds these and again he took to the air but landed only a short way away I took the opportunity to grab another distant shot but again he was gone. The tale of the not too close disappearing Wheatear.
So here they are, two grab shots, handheld, distant, soft on focus and grainy with added heat haze. I don't expect these to do well but it's a record of seeing my first Northern Wheatear, a beautiful dainty bird.

Thursday morning I am hoping to go to the WWT at Arundel so if anybody wants to join me they are more than welcome and I would be pleased to have their company.

Thanks for all the C&C's on my uploads they are very much appreciated and I haven't seen so many Awww's before on the last pic.

Many thanks, have a great week.
You are welcome to play with them and improve them as my skills with PS are not that good.

Tags: Bird Wildbird Wheatear Migrant Wildlife and nature Northern wheatear

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saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
20 Apr 2010 10:34AM
lovely set of image,well done.

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EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
20 Apr 2010 10:35AM
Congratulations of seeing this little fellow for the 1st time and indeed for 2 very good grab shots, given all the difficulties. He's a neat little bird and very elegant by the looks of things.

20 Apr 2010 10:37AM
Love V1 who cares about the quality ?
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 11:36AM
Quality? If not, so what? Just the sheer joy of capturing this more than makes up for that, I'm sure. Great shots, well done!
20 Apr 2010 11:55AM
Photography is as much about taking a fleeting opportunity, as it is about setting up a staged shot, you obviously have high standards, I like both these images, as all above have said,
well done on taking the opportunity,
Glyn1 7 4 1 England
20 Apr 2010 12:44PM
Well spotted, its not always possible to get the "perfect" shot, so congrats on your first.

PinkK 7 80 1 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 12:53PM
2 lovely captures
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 3:06PM
two crackers steve nice ones Wink
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 3:08PM
Two super captures, I especially like V1. I am never that lucky when I am trying to capture images of wild birds, I think they sense what I am trying to do and scatter Smile

maggieh 8 4 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 3:59PM
V1 shows the detail of this bird. You may say it is soft, but it is a good shot that demonstrates the shape and colouring of this Northern Wheatear.
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 4:54PM
2 Great captures Steve, thats the main thing.
I think they're great shots. You should see the 'record shots' I took of my first ever skylark today! You'd laugh and realise how good your pix are!!! Wink
May I ask where you saw these?
20 Apr 2010 5:33PM
brilliant shots and find
Ray42 8 3 England
20 Apr 2010 5:50PM
Two captures are better than none - especially of this lovely bird
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
20 Apr 2010 6:47PM
Congrats on your patience- agreat reward in the end and at least you have proof of having seen him. Spot on.
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
20 Apr 2010 7:02PM
Both are very good.

colmar 9 42 35 Scotland
20 Apr 2010 7:53PM
Two grand record shots for you and pleased you got them as I am beginning to understand the need for them ..... as a member of WWt would love to be there Thursday but my boss may have other ideas ! Colin
Roly 9 Wales
20 Apr 2010 8:54PM
V1 for me Steve.Nice one.
goso 10 2 1 Australia
20 Apr 2010 9:28PM
They both look fine to me Steve - a great first for you - and me actually; I don't think I've seen one before either...Bill
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 10:09PM
Two nice wheatear captures Steve,well done.................

20 Apr 2010 10:50PM
New to me too Steve, great captures.
20 Apr 2010 11:57PM
What a cute little fellow he is. Nicely photographed. Cheers Gordon.
21 Apr 2010 9:27AM
What an excellent opportunity very well captured Steve !! Two excellent images and a great addition to ones PF !! Top marks here
metro074 6 8 Australia
21 Apr 2010 3:47PM
Excellent captures. They are winners with me Smile
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
21 Apr 2010 6:30PM your write-up. Miserable kid Smile

OAKEY 8 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2010 10:15PM
Very nice find Steve and nicely captured too.
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2010 8:26AM
It's always great to record a "first." Despite the problems, you've managed very well here, Steve. Well done.
Interesting/amusing narrative, too!
Alan_Coles 10 177 11 Wales
25 Apr 2010 6:27PM
Great shot Steve...I love these birds. See them a lot when walking my dog but never been close enough to get a shot - need some stalking methinks.

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