Getting ready

Posted by CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 23 February 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The animals and birds seemed to be acting naturally at "The Living Rainforest" ( As we saw yesterday!) This Speckled Mousebird (Real name!) was buiding a nest in one of the trees from dried/dead plant material elsewhere in the enclosure

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Love the composition and the look in it's eye ^^

23 Feb 2011 5:34am

myky from London, Canada

Very nice comp!

23 Feb 2011 6:10am

٭ ƸɼiϾ ٭ from Narbonne, France

ha ha, fabulous !!!
nice shot with this unusual position ☺
and the haircut is really fashion ;-P
5* for his haircut lol :-))

23 Feb 2011 6:32am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really super shot, very good detail, great that you have shot him buiding a nest

23 Feb 2011 6:39am

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

He ha a lot of work to do!

23 Feb 2011 6:59am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Another great shot of my cousin!

23 Feb 2011 7:32am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Fab shot.

23 Feb 2011 7:51am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

:), quite like the funny expression.. cool capture.

23 Feb 2011 8:18am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

Lovely shot of this nice 'punk' bird!!! ;-))

23 Feb 2011 8:24am

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

It seems to be a bird paradise here. Lovely shot! Have a nice day, Chris.

23 Feb 2011 9:14am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Fantastic, a 5*****

23 Feb 2011 9:23am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

This was George, what happened to his flaming red hair?

23 Feb 2011 9:42am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great angle! Amazing details we see here - the pattern of the feathers and its beady eye!

23 Feb 2011 9:42am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

yep. and they're off.

23 Feb 2011 9:51am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great ..Oh...now she is preparing nest..

23 Feb 2011 10:07am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautiful shot. Depth of field spot on again

23 Feb 2011 10:40am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

superbe prise !! de quoi faire son nid ??
une belle qualité d'iamge à 1600 iso !! je suis bluffé par cet eos 7d !!:)

23 Feb 2011 11:45am

@Lougris: Je suis très heureux avec le 7D. 1600 ISO est maintenant le paramètre par défaut que j'utilise pour la plupart des plans

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Admirable commitment to this beautiful bird building its nest with the materials he finds. The instinct does not forget that life goes on nonetheless. Best regards, Adela

23 Feb 2011 12:00pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Amazing to see this fellow work at this angle..almost anti gravity...

23 Feb 2011 1:00pm

@Sunder: He supports most of his weight on his long tail, which is out of shot

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Really a beautiful and natural shot! One of the wonders of birds,how inventive they
can build their nests!

23 Feb 2011 1:16pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Never would have expected such an exotic looking bird in the UK! It's a beauty with the red
legs and the photo is perfect!

23 Feb 2011 1:30pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

WhaHoo!!! Fantastic.

23 Feb 2011 1:33pm

Bill Laing from Pacific Northwest, United States

An incredible close-up of this beautiful creature.

23 Feb 2011 2:02pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Fantastic shot - the halo in the background really highlights what he's doing!

23 Feb 2011 2:55pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing shot. Nice angle and great details of this lovely bird and its fine work of nest building ... Love it. :)

23 Feb 2011 2:56pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful capture (background is perfect to emphasize the bird), at the right time with the twig in its beak.

23 Feb 2011 3:36pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine close up with excellent detail and color. Nice setting that looks so natural and fits the bird well.

23 Feb 2011 3:46pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

great photo of an amazing process

23 Feb 2011 4:16pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Great capture :)

23 Feb 2011 4:19pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

It is enough here to make a magnificent nest! Splendid image of this superb bird. Good day.

23 Feb 2011 4:22pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous capture and selective focus

23 Feb 2011 4:27pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

a fantastic compo, chris! aside from all the other (and more obvious) advantages of this photo i like the way you place the bird's head and body - right into that bright blurred spot! wonderful! (as are sharpness and clarity!)

23 Feb 2011 5:28pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Dear Loretta! How you make this only!? Again and again so wonderful photos! I can be only astonished!

23 Feb 2011 6:19pm

@Loner: Ummm, I'm a guy called Chris! ;-)

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Please, excuses my mistake. Of course I wanted to write your name.

23 Feb 2011 6:23pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Unique but kinda funny looking bird. Maybe it's his red socks :D

23 Feb 2011 6:23pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

An another super shot !

23 Feb 2011 6:29pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

great DOF !

23 Feb 2011 7:30pm

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Very beautiful bird!

23 Feb 2011 7:34pm

KHT from Isfahan, Iran

certain detail . nice shot

23 Feb 2011 7:55pm

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

Wow incredible meeting! really strange and unusual bird, very well captured!
bravo! ;)

23 Feb 2011 8:00pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

this bird needing a bit of sun...lacking a bit of colour?

23 Feb 2011 8:15pm

David from Avranches, France

Great shot.

23 Feb 2011 9:18pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

I'm going to have to give you 5 stars for this excellent image so very well captured. It's sharp, has nice bokeh and a cute little bird.

23 Feb 2011 10:30pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh my word - photo envy- this is fabulous....you really get fantastic bird shots.

23 Feb 2011 11:44pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great shot ! Amazing details.

23 Feb 2011 11:54pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

What a cool-looking bird, Chris. Nice capture.

24 Feb 2011 12:42am

L.Dd from de partout et de nulle part, France

Great shot !

24 Feb 2011 3:00am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Focused on it very sharply! Vote!

24 Feb 2011 3:16am

karla from Omaha, United States

Great image! The background lighting features the bird perfectly. And what an unusual bird it is!

24 Feb 2011 3:31am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

a beautifully framed action shot:))

24 Feb 2011 3:40am

Mimosa from Kedah, Malaysia

Perfect exposure, tone & DOF!

24 Feb 2011 4:21am

Becky from los angeles, United States

gorgeous - National Geographic needs you. Just perfect.

24 Feb 2011 4:37am

k@ from Paris, France

12800 Iso ? Sure it's a great psycheDeclic ;)

24 Feb 2011 10:12am

k@ from Paris, France

Oops this was a comment for today's image ;)) But great bird & colors here t°°

24 Feb 2011 10:13am

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

wonderful - the angle, clarity and colours is superb

24 Feb 2011 5:25pm

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

Great shot, nicely framed and showing behaviour.

25 Feb 2011 8:05am

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

that's a crazy looking bird - excellent clarity on this one indeed

25 Feb 2011 9:07pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Amazing detail.......

26 Feb 2011 8:53am

L'explorateur from Vancouver, Canada

Spectacular! I have never seen a Speckled Mousebird before. It looks a bit prehistoric! :)

2 Mar 2011 2:06pm

Canon EOS 7D
1/320 second
F/2.8
ISO 1600
190 mm

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