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Old Feb 6, 2008, 10:30 AM   #1
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So, another sunny day in Oxfordshire and another short stroll at lunchtime. The inevitable result being 30-odd shots of red kites, of which 3 or 4 are passable. However, while wandering along listening to the birds and wondering just where the heck they all were - I spottted one. No wonder they are difficult to see.



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Old Feb 6, 2008, 2:52 PM   #2
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Hi Keith,

Sparrows in a bush -- nicely done. . . it's hard to focus with all the intervening branches -- I've got gobs of these -- they feel secure hidden away like that, and other than getting the focus right, they're easy to shoot from pretty close up -- my go-to guys when I get skunked on other species -- at least I don't have to go home empty-handed.

It's kinda like when I was doing a lot of fishing. I was mainly a C&R largemouth bass guy, pretty good with light and ultralight gear and artificial bait, but sometimes they were just ornery and wouldn't go for anything -- so I'd switch to crappies and bluegill and could always find a place where I could catch and release a couple dozen and go home satisfied at the day's action.

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Old Feb 6, 2008, 6:23 PM   #3
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Very well camouflaged isn't it. Nicely done Keith!



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Old Feb 6, 2008, 9:55 PM   #4
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I'll second the nicely done - whenever I try this type of picture I get lovely in-focus branches and an OOF bird.
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Looks like an English Sparrow to me in focus inside the bush!

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Since England is one of the major tourism countries in Europe it might very well be a Dutch, German or even Danish sparrow:-).

Very nice shot, the point of their plumage is clearly illustrated, Keith.

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nice one

i am having great difficulty shooting birds at present
i would be happy with this one
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That is a really nice pictue. Easy on the eyes and interesting at the same time.

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That is awesome, you couldnt have composed it better.

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Old Feb 9, 2008, 11:38 AM   #10
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Thanks folk, I was quite pleased with it. Especially when it was a case of looking, seeing and clicking. The little fellow flew off just afterwards.
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