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Nuthatch for Werner

Nuthatch for Werner
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Copyright: brian avery (bri) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-06
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-06 12:34
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 10
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Whilst out walking yesterday, testing out my latest acquisition, a Sigma 150 - 500 lens, I saw one or two off these little Nuthatches flitting between the branches of a tree, unfortunately, they saw me first and disappeared. I returned today with a handful of bird seed and positioned the car close to the tree (my mobile hide). It was not long before they were down taking the seed. I got quite a few shots off but I liked this as it is the bird pecking under the lichen looking for insects - a more natural activity.

I tried a number of different settings but kept the ISO on auto as it was an overcast dull day, this was mostly 1600 but I boosted to 32000 for a flying shot but I could not get one...maybe next time. Tried to keep the shutter speed between 1/250 and 1/500 and f.stop as high as I could between those settings - Werner, if you have got any tips I would be grateful.

PP Work - Cropped in, resized, sharpened, increased contrast slightly, added border all in CS2.

Hope you like it.


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Hello brian,

Simple but beautiful photograph of a lovely bird.
The colors seems be so natural and light is very good.
Nice frame and a very good work.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Brian.
A beautiful dedication for good friend and talented wild life photographer of TL.
Beautiful bird captured with nice soft details and lovely diffused lighting.
My Best Wishes

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2011-01-06 15:54]
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Thanks Bri, I'm honored. So, you got a cool new lens, lucky you. Did Santa bring it?

It's difficult to shoot birds when it's too dull a day. It would be good to use a faster shutter (these little guys move a lot and they're fast), but you're severely limited with conditions like this. You've got the right idea by tempting them with food. I often carry some peanuts in my pocket to bribe them, depending on where I'm going. In some areas the birds are more used to humans, and will even eat right out of your hand. I find that they will congregate in the surrounding trees to see what I've got, and I agree, it's best to catch them in a natural setting.

This is a good shot. If you have a taste for bird photography, it's very rewarding. It's fun to commune with them and experiment with different camera settings, locations, etc. I don't know what kind of Nuthatch this is, my bird book doesn't have one exactly like it. Very colorful indeed!

Thanks again and best regards.


BTW - Sorry I missed you on FB the other day, when I got back to my PC you were offline.

Hi Brian,

This is a lovely shot from a cute bird enjoying his meal!
Great focus you have achieved on this tiny bird and clarity is superb for this work.
The moment is well captured with nice sharpness and from a very well chosen POV.
Great natural colors are enhance the overall quality of the picture.
Good work!

Best regards,

Olá Brian,

You and Werner resolved to "exchange cards" and made two brilliant presentations of beautiful birds.
This type of contest is interesting because we can compare the styles and modes of each.
Beautiful image and great gift to Werner.

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