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If only.....

By tomcat    
...I had been set up for this rather than trying for the Woodpeckers.
This Jay Garrulus glandarius landed on one of the posts by the pond and I was shooting through one of the higher flaps.Had I been in my normal, lower position the background would have been spot on, instead of the reflections in the water.
Never is the first decent Jay shot I have managed and also managed a few decent Robin shots Smile

Details:-1/320;f/9;ISO 640;AP - 1.00 eV;Tripod;Cable release

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Imagephotographics, Kai, LeeFisher and 58 more

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22 Nov 2009 1:11PM
Fantastic shot indeed

LeeFisher 13 59 8 England
22 Nov 2009 1:16PM
great shot, like the pose.
Glyn1 13 4 1 England
22 Nov 2009 1:23PM
A lovely picture nonethless, excellent detail & colour. Did you tell him it was a Woodpecker perch!

Dave_Holdham 13 4 1 Wales
22 Nov 2009 1:26PM
Superb image, well captured
Silverzone 14 2 England
22 Nov 2009 1:28PM
Superb . Sylvia
wonkers 13 2 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 1:36PM
Great capture, the background doesn't detract from it at all.
TerryMcK 13 72 2 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 1:37PM
Top shot all round, Adrian. I know what you mean about the b/g at Fineshade but this one is excellent.
ps: any sign of a Kingfisher there yet? I helped set up the perch at the edge of pond closest to the hide, so it was most suitable for photography.
eosdpete 18 5 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 2:21PM
This is a fantastic capture of a great bird, i dont think the BG is distracting at all in fact i quite like it,

casson 16 3 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 2:38PM
I admire you for getting this shot, Jays are not easy. If you used a 1.4 converter was you able to use autofocus? or did you focus on the post? Im asking because with my 100-400mm if you put a converter on it disables the auto focus.
tomcat 16 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 2:43PM
Hi John,
I am using a "d" series which allows AF, albeit center point only, up to f8/f/9. The TC on the 400mm 5.6 prime puts it up to f/8, but I always tend to shot at f/9 minimum.


Hi Terry,
The KF did show but the closest he came was on the post behind the perch you mentioned..a tad to far away Sad

SteveMoulding 13 3 7 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 3:14PM
Absolutely stunning image. Perfectly sharp and beautiful colours. I am happy to give it my award.
forestfotos 12 4 3 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 3:41PM
For what it's worth i think you have done a grand job. Well done
Pegon 17 78 1 England
22 Nov 2009 4:22PM
A superb capture Adrian, not an easy bird to catch.
22 Nov 2009 4:31PM
stunning detail
Karrol 13 29 England
22 Nov 2009 4:34PM
Stunning shot!
arhb 15 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 5:06PM
Excellent shot of this Jay, and a good bg too.
22 Nov 2009 6:05PM
Nice one Adrian, looks like a nice setting for other wild life
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
22 Nov 2009 6:06PM
Stunning image, love the amount of time and work you guys put in to capture these delightful images thanks for sharing Colin
teocali Plus
14 442 18 England
22 Nov 2009 6:09PM
SUPERB pin-sharp capture - wonderful clarity. Love the pose, plumage detail and patterning and eye detail and the background tones are terrific. You are so lucky to have this marvellous shot in your PF - jays are so shy.
EAS 13 1 13 Scotland
22 Nov 2009 6:59PM
A superb capture. Beautiful detail and colour.

pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 8:08PM
excellent shot
WildLight 14 145 3 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 9:00PM
Very good shot.
Great composition.

terry_cavner 17 332 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 9:28PM
WOW !!....Absolutely Superb....jumps right out at ya
You gota be well chuffed with this one Ade......
Steve_S Plus
16 183 3 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 9:38PM
Excellent capture Adrian
Jekaro 13 1 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2009 3:50PM
A stunning detailed capture, Adrian.
bricurtis Plus
17 2.6k 52 England
23 Nov 2009 8:26PM
Fabulous capture Adrian. I like the b/g - great to see such detail on the Jay.
Mavis 20 143 2 England
24 Nov 2009 7:11PM
He's lovely with plenty of detail . Well posed and I think the background works rather well ?
GillyB 17 317 8 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2009 6:03PM
I agree with Mavis, the background adds depth and interest.

fatmod 16 22 England
29 Nov 2009 9:13PM
stunning jay mate

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