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Sunset Bunting

By TerryMcK  
I appreciate your interest in my last feature, "GSW Poser."

One of the attractions at my local nature reserve is the variety of natural backgrounds available to photographers - water, woodland, grassy mounds, scrub, clay banks, reed beds. Wait for the sun to be in the right position from behind, select a background & be patient while a bird settles on a suitable perch. When all the elements come together, the result is a pleasing picture - such as this male Reed Bunting making the most of this afternoon's setting sun. The background is a distant, sun-washed grassy mound; the bird is in the shade of nearby trees.
Large version is worth your time...

V2: the same photograph with an alternative crop.

Tags: Birds General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Tmck British wild birds

Voters: skewey, oll1e, taggart and 43 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


skewey 15 31 England
3 Feb 2011 10:20PM
Like both versions Terry .Great detail in both.
oll1e 14 57 2 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2011 10:27PM
Like them both too but v1 has it as i really like the reeds on the right .
Colour is superb Wink
andylea 13 37 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2011 10:37PM
v1 for me tonight terry cracking detail love the bg a cracker nice one Wink
VivienO 12 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2011 11:01PM
Delightful image. V1 is my favourite
jeanmarie 12 12 England
4 Feb 2011 12:28AM
v1 for me I like the reeds, nice to see some of the environmentSmile
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
4 Feb 2011 3:34AM
Two great images Terry. Do like V1 just a little more I think.........Sandy
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
4 Feb 2011 5:54AM
Two beautiful images, Terry, my vote goes to V.1, I do like to see a bird in its natural surroundings. Carol
Ray42 13 3 England
4 Feb 2011 8:13AM
Reed buntings where they should be - on reeds - sun behind - a great pair of shots
alansnap 18 577 26 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2011 8:58AM
V1 for me, the context works and V2 is beginning to lose it's apparent sharpness because the crop is just too severe.
bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 51 England
4 Feb 2011 9:14AM
V1 f0r me Terry - like the warm evening glow to this.
Gezina 15 3 6 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2011 10:03AM
Good shot with lovely warm b/g tones - Ina
SlowSong Plus
13 10.0k 30 England
4 Feb 2011 11:21AM
V1 with the reeds for me. A lovely mellow image and lovely capture.
4 Feb 2011 6:41PM
Deffinately V1 for me Terry Wink
FeatherFriend 14 38 217 England
5 Feb 2011 12:58PM
V1 for me too Terry, this is an occasion where the inclusion of the BG really makes it for me,
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2011 4:40PM
Stunning shot Terry and #1 all the way for me. The detail is excellent and that light really special; just beautiful
TerryMcK 13 72 2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2011 7:34PM
Thank you, Tim, for your much valued User Award.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
6 Feb 2011 10:52PM
A fine shot Terry, I like v1 the further away shot the best
sparrowhawk Plus
13 282 2 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 10:25AM
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
7 Feb 2011 11:23AM
Both versions are wonderful Terry
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
9 Feb 2011 4:46PM
Superb lighting Terry really does highlight this terrific little bird. Spot on.
saeidNL 12 3 Netherlands
9 Feb 2011 8:40PM
Excellent capture of this beautiful and littel bird,very well taken and presented,
9 Feb 2011 8:54PM
Beautiful captures!
Techno Plus
13 6.2k 8 England
20 Feb 2011 10:47PM

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