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It just got better

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

We were chatting to a delightful couple about the birds to be seen at the marsh when Mike whispered in a somewhat conspiritorial way "Woodpecker". Up we look, there he is .... Click!( note-still got the blue sky...yeah!)

Canon EOS 7D 1/1600 second F/16.0 ISO 3200 500 mm

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

You are doing great with the bird shots.. very nice!

23 Jan 2011 5:09am

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Morning Chris

23 Jan 2011 6:33am

@Sally: Morning Sally

Arash from Arak, Iran

wow , very nice...
good cadre and beautiful shot.

23 Jan 2011 6:59am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh yes you did have a wonderful day:)))) And that blue sky - even better.

23 Jan 2011 7:20am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

The blue sky is stunning and I like how the bird stands out against it. Nicely done!

23 Jan 2011 7:36am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan


23 Jan 2011 8:09am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

That's how the best opportunities arise !

23 Jan 2011 8:28am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow... fantastic Chris ! I love your birds photos, they're really perfect ! Enjoy your sunday :)

23 Jan 2011 8:29am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

Ahhh a birdie in the blue sky!!!! ;-))

23 Jan 2011 8:36am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Thinking about your future that is distant and complicated! Personification of a beautiful bird! Best regards, Adela

23 Jan 2011 9:12am

Yvon from Orleans, France

beautiful bird, nice colors

23 Jan 2011 9:18am

piet from Bruges, Belgium

excellent capture.
just lowering slightly the contrasts would reveil some more details in the dark parts

23 Jan 2011 9:21am

@piet: Good point. I didn't think of that

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

at the top!

23 Jan 2011 9:27am

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Precioso pájaro,bonitos colores.Gran foto.

23 Jan 2011 9:53am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

I like it without the dark part details.

23 Jan 2011 10:18am

Sam from Chennai, India

Great capture of this beautiful bird.Nice colours and the blue sky. Excellent.
Thanks for your kind words Chris! :)

23 Jan 2011 10:24am

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

Perhaps it's the monitor, nothing wrong with the dark parts on mine...splendid shot.

23 Jan 2011 10:26am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Cheers for this shot.

23 Jan 2011 10:31am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good shot, very well positioned in the frame

23 Jan 2011 10:38am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Cracking shot against that sky. Round west London, I have the green version and y've reminded me that they will be starting that nest-building racket any time soon - carries for quite a distance.

23 Jan 2011 11:34am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful capture in a beautiful light !

23 Jan 2011 11:36am

guillaume from Paris, France

Great subject an focus ! Bravo !

23 Jan 2011 11:57am

Sunder from India

Nice shot of this colourful bird...I like the way you have "off-centred" your subject..

23 Jan 2011 12:35pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States


23 Jan 2011 1:52pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolie prise, sous un superbe ciel bleu.

23 Jan 2011 1:57pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Superb shot of Woody against that lovely blue sky!

23 Jan 2011 2:21pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Very nice.

23 Jan 2011 2:25pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

outstanding capture

23 Jan 2011 3:02pm

don from spokane, United States

A fine shot of this beautiful bird. Nice detail and color... fine image.

23 Jan 2011 3:47pm

marci from in, Morocco

awesome composition! fabulous detail

23 Jan 2011 4:10pm

ursulakatariina from Greenock, United Kingdom

Great picture! Wow.

23 Jan 2011 4:12pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

It is really superb this peak perched at the top of the tree, superb shot because they are not easy to approach. Good day.

23 Jan 2011 4:52pm

Uistnomad from North Uist, United Kingdom

Good Capture. Good detail as well

23 Jan 2011 4:58pm

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

a superb shot! 5*****

23 Jan 2011 6:05pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

And another excellent photo.

23 Jan 2011 6:08pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

great shot

23 Jan 2011 6:26pm

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

Lovely shot!!

23 Jan 2011 6:59pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Oh yeah, another nice bird! Great blue sky too.

23 Jan 2011 7:23pm

parisa from shiraz, Iran


23 Jan 2011 8:07pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

he knows you are there by that look!

23 Jan 2011 8:12pm

David from Avranches, France

Well spotted Mike, well shot Chris.

23 Jan 2011 9:32pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

It is in certain condition as I have!

23 Jan 2011 9:40pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

what a great shot! Looks like he is growing right out of the tree - fabulous colors and detail -
amazing blue sky.

24 Jan 2011 1:48am

Mimosa from Kedah, Malaysia


24 Jan 2011 2:33am

mohkum from Cochin (Kochi), India

Wonderful capture and beautiful write up!

24 Jan 2011 3:55am

k@ from Paris, France

Colors pop !

24 Jan 2011 9:46am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful...Plain Blue backdrop gives great effect.

24 Jan 2011 10:22am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Superb shot.. beautiful sky in the background.

24 Jan 2011 11:53am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Another great capture, he looks as if he is posing for you

25 Jan 2011 7:20am

Pascal from Saint-Nazaire, France

J'adore les photos d'animaux. Vos photos d'oiseaux sont vraiment très belles.Bravo.

26 Jan 2011 4:53pm

Canon EOS 7D
1/1600 second
ISO 3200
500 mm