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Skywatcher
11-07-2010, 05:12 PM
Not meant to be epic pics - these were taken in Battle woods - someone leaves out seed so that the wild birds come and take them, went to have a look to see if there were any of my 'best' birds which are Nuthatches, I absolutely love these as when they are in full mating plumage they look absolutely jawdroppingly beautiful, almost like little kingfishers.

Unfortunately, much like in the human world after they have spent a while raising kids they tend to let themselves go and go through a moult ( I know I am :lol: ) so this little guy was hardly at his best

I know composition isn't great as its on a bird table but the flippin table was in the shade on a shady day - so I had the curse of iso 1600 again, if I dropped that, well they were just too quick for any shots that were not blurred by motion.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/48304094@N08/4783293922/" title="Nuthatch looking tatty by Sidleydoc, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4783293922_26c6c0bd18_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="Nuthatch looking tatty"></a>
The squirrel was watching for bits that were falling off , I love it when they hold things in their left hand like this
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/48304094@N08/4782658697/" title="Secret Squirrel by Sidleydoc, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4782658697_f4deabb4f1_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="Secret Squirrel"></a>

MystikPiglit
11-07-2010, 05:19 PM
Cute. :yes:

Isafari
11-07-2010, 05:20 PM
Once again - great photos :thumbsup:
Awe, looks like Cyril the squirrel has had his ear nibbled!

Skywatcher
11-07-2010, 05:43 PM
S'funny as its almost identical to the ear pattern from the one we have in the garden but thats about 10 miles away - must be a common thing

Johnie
11-07-2010, 05:45 PM
Great pictures!

josh.p.
11-07-2010, 05:50 PM
I actually think the composition of the bird one is fantastic :yes: Great pics!

tb2830
11-07-2010, 05:53 PM
i like the squirrel its cute

Lisa1976
11-07-2010, 06:37 PM
Like the squirrel one :) Think the bird one could do with a little more exposure and a bit more pop, perhaps try playing with the levels and contrast :)

Skywatcher
11-07-2010, 06:46 PM
Yep totally agree Lisa. Have had a play but it doesn't add much as the natural light was so flat. Basically I just wanted a shot of a nuthatch. I liked the side lighting on the squirrel.

Tiny quick birds like these really really need good light

foreverducky
11-07-2010, 07:23 PM
Poor little ear...he's been attacked.

Crisp! :D

Claire
11-07-2010, 09:24 PM
I didn't realise squirrels had such big hands. :unsure: