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From the flooded meadows continued

Made a detour for a quick visit to this reserve providing a unique habitat consisting of meadows flooded from late autumn until summer heat has dried the area. There is plenty of water this year, which is good, attracting many waders and other species as well. The peak usually occurs during second half of May, this year everything is ahead of schedule.

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Northern Shovellers


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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

That looks a place I could happily spend a few hours, Tord. Like the last shot.
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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

Looks like a great place Tord.

Love the Curlew.

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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

Looks like the perfect place for waders. Nice shots Tord, especially the Curlew.

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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

Thanks,

Yes it is a great place, beautiful and providing good observation and photographic opportunities. It was restored to its original shape (i.e. wetland/meadows) back in 1999-2000. Today, the area is strict no access year round, except the gravel road that runs through it. If you are interested what it looks like I could take some landscape pictures at next visit and share.

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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

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If you are interested what it looks like I could take some landscape pictures at next visit and share.

Thanks that would be great it looks like a superb habitat.
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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

Love the Curlew, well done
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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

Not like you to get caught out Tord. The first 3 shots have fantastic clarity.
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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

Great take off shot even if you thought you were late.
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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

I love the photos; and must say I do like the "Take Off Photo" Did you crop or enhance the photos in any way? Sorry to be a bit nosey; but I'm in the early learning stage.
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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

You are welcome,

The waders are slightly cropped for composition reasons (when doing so some uninteresting fore/background was also intentially removed).

The ducks is a more substantial crop (50%?) since the subjects and action took place at quite some distance and I wanted a bit more details than is visible in the full frame.

The enhancements I applied when developing from RAW is adjusting exposure, contrast, white and black points starting from values that Lightroom "Auto" suggested and also checking the color temperature and hue (these grass backgrounds will sometimes fool the camera WB, if I remember correctly the picture of the Redshank had to be adjusted). After developing and exporting to JPEG, resize for Web and carefully applying unsharp mask.
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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

Thanks for the reply Tordan,

I think there is some research and learning for me! I may be back with questions of HELP!
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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

The Curlew's nice but I like the take off.
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Re: From the flooded meadows continued

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Thanks that would be great it looks like a superb habitat.
I have shared some pictures, see this thread http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=32796
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