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David M 7th December 2015 10:31 PM

Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread
 
I'd go with Mediterranean Gull. Interesting that it's rung, a couple of decades ago there was a few breeding in North West England and if I remember correctly the young were being rung.

Olybirder 7th December 2015 10:42 PM

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Thanks David. There are some very enthusiastic ringers in my area and I have even had Blackbirds in my garden sporting bracelets. I think the gulls in Lowestoft are monitored very carefully. I noticed a couple of others which looked like Med gulls but this one was the most obvious candidate. Of course there is no problem identifying them when they are in breeding plumage

Ron

David M 7th December 2015 11:17 PM

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I can't see any black in the wingtips which was the first thing I checked. The bill is heavier and darker than a Black-headed Gull and the legs are also darker.

The Med Gulls breeding in the North West were amongst Black-headed Gulls. The senior warden and myself watched a Grey Heron walking through the colony eating young Gulls. We were both hoping it was missing the young Med Gulls.

Wee man 7th December 2015 11:32 PM

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David re the tripod mount you might get away with it if you use a ball head?

David M 9th December 2015 12:14 AM

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A seasonal one, Common Redpolls are winter visitors for us although we've not had any yet.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/1030556.jpg

Taken with the OM 350mm and 1.4 TC.

art frames 12th December 2015 03:12 PM

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This is a nice reminder that in 2012 my favourite reserve had tree sparrows, these were with the E3 and Bigma, cropped a little. They were at some distance even using the 500mm lens as they are very cautious of human presence.

Now the tree sparrows have gone, but in their place we do have lots more dog walkers and fun runners. The reserve did run a survey and open meetings about the purpose and balance of use of the reserve. But that had little impact. And it is visibly in decline, which is sad.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5706/...170b94a2_b.jpg
Tree Sparrow
by Peter Willmott, on Flickr

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/633/2...9077b2a3_b.jpg
Tree Sparrows
by Peter Willmott, on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5828/...f21c29d9_b.jpg
Tree Sparrow
by Peter Willmott, on Flickr

Olybirder 12th December 2015 04:35 PM

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Lovely shots of these charming little characters Peter. It is a bird which I have yet to photograph and they are extremely uncommon in my part of the country. Very nice indeed.

Ron

David M 12th December 2015 05:41 PM

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I always found Tree Sparrows quite tolerant. I prefer them to the American Tree Sparrows we get on spring and autumn migration.

David M 20th December 2015 03:32 AM

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A seasonal one, a Blue Tit in winter.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/bltnw.jpg

A film shot from the 90's taken in Cheshire.

art frames 20th December 2015 04:45 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by David M (Post 370297)
A seasonal one, a Blue Tit in winter.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/bltnw.jpg

A film shot from the 90's taken in Cheshire.

Nice one, beautiful colour.

I have found pictures of tits on my Flickr get roughly 500% more views than other birds. Took me a while to work it out but it appears that Flickr users are very interested in members of the Paridae family. They appear less interested in other small birds.

David M 20th December 2015 05:22 PM

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Originally Posted by art frames (Post 370366)
Nice one, beautiful colour.

I have found pictures of tits on my Flickr get roughly 500% more views than other birds. Took me a while to work it out but it appears that Flickr users are very interested in members of the Paridae family. They appear less interested in other small birds.

I can believe that, I have a nude on Flickr that gets more views/comments/favourites than the others combined.

The Blue Tit was taken soon after sunrise so warm light and still frost on the perch. The background is dead reeds on a reservoir bank.

art frames 20th December 2015 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by David M (Post 370374)
I can believe that, I have a nude on Flickr that gets more views/comments/favourites than the others combined.

52,112 views 182 favourites and 16 comments. Well I had to look :o

I am seriously considering posting some of my life drawings now! If that is what happens when you put nude as a tag (alongside it being a stunning photo - but so is the rest of your portfolio :confused:).

You should post that Waxwing here too!

Peter

David M 20th December 2015 06:15 PM

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Originally Posted by art frames (Post 370381)
52,112 views 182 favourites and 16 comments. Well I had to look :o

I am seriously considering posting some of my life drawings now! If that is what happens when you put nude as a tag (alongside it being a stunning photo - but so is the rest of your portfolio :confused:).

You should post that Waxwing here too!

Peter

Actually I'm locked out of that gallery as it was my gmail account one and I'd given up on Flickr when they stopped you signing in with a gmail account.

David M 22nd December 2015 02:51 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by art frames (Post 370381)
52,112 views 182 favourites and 16 comments. Well I had to look :o

I am seriously considering posting some of my life drawings now! If that is what happens when you put nude as a tag (alongside it being a stunning photo - but so is the rest of your portfolio :confused:).

You should post that Waxwing here too!

Peter

Here you go Peter.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/bwwg.jpg

A film shot from the late 90's. Taken in Saskatchewan in the winter, IIRC it was around -30C at the time.

art frames 22nd December 2015 05:32 PM

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David - thank you. I have never seen a waxwing, and I do keep looking. People tell me they see them in supermarket car parks. I just seem to miss them. But one day I would love to be able to see this for myself. But not at -30 that is dedication.


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