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Posted by blackfox: Thu Jan 17th, 2019 16:43 1st Post
time for a new section

one from today a wild red squirrel from the isle of anglesey

the perfect day by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr



Posted by Robert: Thu Jan 17th, 2019 17:58 2nd Post
Wow, what tufted ears!

No doubt celebrating the cancellation of the nuclear power station.

Keep e'm coming.

Cluny House Gardens in the Tay valley, not sure if it's actually Glen Tay.

https://www.gardenvisit.com/gardens/cluny_house_garden

They have a large population of red Squirrels, apparently they leap from tree to tree, visiting photographers have been seen lying on the drive in the hope of seeing them leap between the trees. Some spectacular images have resulted.



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Posted by blackfox: Thu Jan 17th, 2019 18:26 3rd Post
this ones virtually motorway A55 high speed dual carriageway bar a mile either end from my house



Posted by blackfox: Thu Jan 17th, 2019 20:49 4th Post
and another from today birds will follow over the weekend

mr tufty guy by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr



Posted by Eric: Fri Jan 18th, 2019 18:48 5th Post
No red squirrels on my last trip, but.....

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Posted by blackfox: Fri Jan 18th, 2019 20:20 6th Post
Cool shot



Posted by Iain: Sat Jan 19th, 2019 14:10 7th Post
A old pic but something you don't see often.

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Posted by Robert: Sat Jan 19th, 2019 17:12 8th Post
Mr (or Mrs) Mole?

Like you say, a rare sighting.

There is a Badger set within a mile of here, I have access to the land but I have never yet seen a Badger. I can see where they have been trails in the wood but the actual Badgers seem to be invisible. Is there a 'better' time to visit the vicinity of the set? Like late at night, or early in the morning? I have seen deer browsing nearby but only briefly.



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Posted by Iain: Sat Jan 19th, 2019 20:49 9th Post
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Mr (or Mrs) Mole?

Like you say, a rare sighting.

There is a Badger set within a mile of here, I have access to the land but I have never yet seen a Badger. I can see where they have been trails in the wood but the actual Badgers seem to be invisible. Is there a 'better' time to visit the vicinity of the set? Like late at night, or early in the morning? I have seen deer browsing nearby but only briefly.

Try going a bit before twilight Robert and take some peanuts with you. If you know where the set is put them close to the set and sit and wait.

Good luck.

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Posted by Robert: Sat Jan 19th, 2019 21:24 10th Post
Thanks Iain, salted or plain? LOL

Are they likely to be bothered if they see me? I have seen Badgers in the lanes, they amble along and don't seem too stressed, just get out of the way once there is room to go through a gate or up a side road.

See way too many of them on the side of the main road, hit by cars.



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Jan 20th, 2019 09:08 11th Post
another red squirrel shot from the other day

the inspector general by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr



Posted by Robert: Sun Jan 20th, 2019 10:19 12th Post
I like that, it's doing something, nice pose.

Does the shutter noise bother them?



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Jan 20th, 2019 13:29 13th Post
nope not in the least rob, I know a few spots for these now but this is the best so far as its in a steep valley the food/bait is put out on logs /feeders a few feet up so when they come down your literally at eye level with them as here :-)



Posted by Iain: Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 20:30 14th Post
Robert wrote:
Mr (or Mrs) Mole?

Like you say, a rare sighting.

There is a Badger set within a mile of here, I have access to the land but I have never yet seen a Badger. I can see where they have been trails in the wood but the actual Badgers seem to be invisible. Is there a 'better' time to visit the vicinity of the set? Like late at night, or early in the morning? I have seen deer browsing nearby but only briefly.

Sorry Robert just got back to this. Just peanuts you put out for the birds.

There eyesight is not too good, bit like mine, but keep down wind of them as they will smell you long before they see you if you don’t.



Posted by Robert: Wed Jan 23rd, 2019 22:11 15th Post
Thanks Iain, just joking really, I went up to the set this afternoon, there are muddy paths around the set so there must be some activity.

The set is very close to an un-made lane (rough and muddy!) I can park within 30 feet of the set, don't know if that's up or down wind, I will have to get a weather vane, like a bit of string hung on a branch, that should tell me.

Hmmm time, where DOES it go. I have no ideas how I found time to go to work! LOL



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 17:21 16th Post
another red squirrel shot from anglesey ,

this is nutty by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr



Posted by Eric: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 19:27 17th Post
Saw this one a little further south than the Norfolk coast.:lol:

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Posted by Eric: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 19:27 18th Post
I think it’s a Suffolk red squirrel.:lol:

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Posted by jk: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 20:06 19th Post
Long necked Suffolk squirrel.
I saw one near my granddad's farm at Beccles.
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Posted by Eric: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 20:07 20th Post
jk wrote:
Long necked Suffolk squirrel.
I saw one near my granddad's farm at Beccles.
:lol:


Did you ever see the Suffolk Ostrich?

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Posted by jk: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 20:19 21st Post
That is Theresa May. I recognise those print kitten heels from TV.



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Posted by Robert: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 20:40 22nd Post
:lol::lol::lol:



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 09:57 23rd Post
return to the red squirrels yesterday

on a mission by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr

cache hunting by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr

PEEP O' by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr

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Posted by Robert: Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 10:05 24th Post
Nothing wrong with those Jeff, Love #3.

If I may say, a tad less saturation but I realise you like your red squirrels red, and why not! LOL

I'm going to have to visit Wales again soon... It's been too long.



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 10:13 25th Post
Rob I have looked at the photos from the two canon users ( may I spit on the floor in disgust ) :lol: that were with me and theres are identical .. while there were a few darker ones there this is pretty close to there natural colour .. this small area of woodland seems to have a very good breeding stock .. yes you do need to get yer bum down here again m8



Posted by blackfox: Mon Feb 4th, 2019 08:59 26th Post
another squidgy shot , ooh the shame he's flashing his widgy

dingle ling a ding dong by jeff and jan cohen, on Flickr



Posted by Graham Whistler: Mon Feb 4th, 2019 22:19 27th Post
Great Eric and you got the colour balance right!



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 09:44 28th Post
Jeff you are a good photographer and take well seen, well composed and pin sharp images why keep spoiling them with very poor colour balance? Any serious wild life photographer would laugh at you and your super pixs are up here for the world to see.

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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 11:15 29th Post
Well I think we need to balance here.
I think Graham's picture is truer to reality but it looks a bit washed out compared with the red squirrels I have seen in Spain.

I will need to go dig out my massively inferior pictures and post one now!



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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 11:35 30th Post
Spanish Red Squirrel.
D3S with only sharpening applied.

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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 11:38 31st Post
I would say that my picture was taken in lower light than Jeff's as it was in a pine wood.
I will say that the quality of light also makes a huge difference to colour rendering.

However that said the red squirrels I have seen in Scotland are redder than my spanish one!
Probably something to do with the Scottish ginger gene.
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Posted by blackfox: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 12:12 32nd Post
I totally dis-agree with graham on this the squirrels in this spot are virtually the colour in my photo ,I might have enhanced it a bit but not by that much ,, we have two main colonies in this part of the world one at formby where they tend to be darker much along the lines of jonathons Spanish one .. where as the ones from anglesey are a real olde English ginger red as shown especially when you get them with sun on them ..
on Saturdays trip I did notice a couple of the darker ones there to and there was one that had grey sides but definitely a red .. but definitely none like grahams golden example o.O



Posted by Graham Whistler: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 13:03 33rd Post
JK I would say you were in dull light and colour temp too high and blue. I have been naughty again and fixed colour. No doubt your one from Scotland is darker red colour than the Cumbrian ones.

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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 13:47 34th Post
Thanks for colour fixing, Graham.
I wanted to post an untouched image but if I had been showing it normally I would have added some Clarity as well as Vibrance and Saturation.
So my image would normally have been adjusted to be somewhere between yours and Jeff's but probably closer to Jeff's image if not quite as red!



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Posted by Robert: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 13:50 35th Post
How about a Martian version?

I better get back to my paving... :devil:

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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 13:52 36th Post
Robert, I think that you have just breached UKGov regulations namely showing an intelligent being from another planet.
:lol:

Oh no regulations says showing beings more intelligent than an MP. That cant be so difficult these days.



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Posted by Iain: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 13:57 37th Post
I have to say that the ones we have up here in good sun light are close to the colour of Jeff's not quite as red but close.



Posted by Eric: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 15:28 38th Post
Robert wrote:
How about a Martian version?

I better get back to my paving... :devil:


:lol::lol: that’s clearly a Cumbrian, north facing, squirrel

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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 17:18 39th Post
Eric wrote:
Robert wrote:
How about a Martian version?

I better get back to my paving... :devil:


:lol::lol: that’s clearly a Cumbrian, north facing, squirrel

Raised close to Sellafield. A be seen in the dark squirrel.



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Posted by Eric: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 20:39 40th Post
oh dear, it heard something in the bushes ...just as I clicked the shutter.:whip:




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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 13:09 41st Post
Hi - I'm new here, my interest is horses (I own one) and photography of horses - here is one of my girl - any tips for getting the best photos? I have a D90 - this pic was taken with an AFS Nikkor 55-200G with VR




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Posted by jk: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 13:43 42nd Post
Welcome chrisbet.
Image looks good to me. Maybe needs a little extra sharpening which can be done is any of the post processing softwares.
Be careful not to overdo it otherwise you get haloes around the highlight areas.



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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 14:05 43rd Post
Thank you - I use Gimp under Linux - sharpened 50% it looks like this - not sure what you mean by halos ? Would it be better to shoot in RAW mode?


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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 14:37 44th Post
Welcome chrisbet.

Horses are such magnificent creatures and great to photograph. I am sure you know a lot about what not to do already (like never shooting from head with wide angle lens unless you want a horse with a tampered bum)

As Jonathan said your image isn’t as sharp as it could be. Maybe that’s shutter speed? Even with VR I always like to double the focal length and make that the shutter speed especially for moving subjects which VR can’t help. Eg for a 200mm lens 2x200= 400 > 1/400th shutter speed.

I don’t know if you photograph any jumping? For me, it’s then that you can capture the power of the horse. Some years ago I did some eventing photography. It’s all about timing in these situation but a long lens (I think I used 100-300mm) not only means you can stand back but you can also zoom in to detail head shots as well. The 70-300AFS is a good lens for this as it’s an FX lens....so you get 105-450 on your DX D90.

As with all things you can get more performance from newer cameras. But that’s down to how much you want to spend. There are now lots of newer DX bodies (preowned would keep cost down) that would improve on image quality and especially speed of focusing of the D90. You might want to consider that as an alternative to the 70-300mlm lens.

If you are doing jumping, crouch to enhance the dominance of the horse. Try to get at least 2 feet on the ground at once....or crop. It just give the horse more solidity when it’s attached to the floor.

Here are some shots that demonstrate some of these points which hopefully might give you food for thought.









And not forgetting to be ready for the unusual.........











But they don’t have to be jumping. Positioning yourself to get a different perspective works too.....







Good luck

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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 15:02 45th Post
If you don’t mind, I’ve added some contrast and exposure adjustments to your image and a bit of sharpening on the horse itself. Can’t do much as it’s a low res posted image rather than the hi res original.

I’ve also cropped off the electric pylon that was a bit distracting.

Shooting with a larger aperture might exclude (defocus out) some of the background and through more attention to the foreground subject. This alone can make the subject seem sharper.

Hope that helps.

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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 15:04 46th Post
Eric,
Thanks for the tips - great photos, good to be in the right place at the right time - I am a jump judge & timekeeper and I have seen photographers getting into some "interesting" positions!
The photo  was taken at f4.5, 1/4000sec, ISO 1600, Spot metering & 98 focal length.



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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 15:10 47th Post
chrisbet wrote:
Eric,
Thanks for the tips - great photos, good to be in the right place at the right time - I am a jump judge & timekeeper and I have seen photographers getting into some "interesting" positions!
The photo  was taken at f4.5, 1/4000sec, ISO 1600, Spot metering & 98 focal length.


Ah ok then you know more about this sport than me. It’s always difficult to judge people’s knowledge and experrise first off.

If those were your setting then Iam surprised your image is as soft as it is. You may want to try shooting at different focal lengths to see if there’s a soft spot. Zoom lenses are a compromise and often are sharper at different parts of the zoom. The 70-300 I mentioned is a very good lens...sharp throughout the range.

Another option is the focusing speed and accuracy of the D90. I am good at spending others money :lol: but later bodies were much faster at locking onto and holding focus on moving subject in AFC mode. Wotrth a thought.


Also ...worth editing your profile to say where you are (at least country) as it may have a bearing on future replies. For example I was going to say the picture ‘Beijing Bound’ was was William Fox Pitt preparing for Olympics. But you may not know who WFP was. I sent him that image and he asked if he could use it on his Christmas card. I said ok. The bugger didn’t even send ME one of the cards. :needsahug:

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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 15:24 48th Post
But you may not know who WFP was. I sent him that image and he asked if he could use it on his Christmas card. I said ok. The bugger didn’t even send ME one of the cards. Lol - meanie!
Yes, I wondered about the effectiveness of the autofocus but as the horse was traveling at right angles to me I thought it would have managed to grab it.
I will try different focal lengths when I am next out in Italy ( that's where I keep my horse) in March.
Don't worry about spending my money, I haven't got any - I own a horse!



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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 15:33 49th Post
chrisbet wrote:
But you may not know who WFP was. I sent him that image and he asked if he could use it on his Christmas card. I said ok. The bugger didn’t even send ME one of the cards. Lol - meanie!
Yes, I wondered about the effectiveness of the autofocus but as the horse was traveling at right angles to me I thought it would have managed to grab it.
I will try different focal lengths when I am next out in Italy ( that's where I keep my horse) in March.
Don't worry about spending my money, I haven't got any - I own a horse!
. I’ve heard that goes with the territory.

It may just be there was not enough contrast in the centre of the image (black horse) for the focus to be sure.

I would try stopping down to f8, shutter speed of 1/1000 should be good enough (VR doesn’t work well at high shutter speeds anyway) and set it fo AFC continuous focusing....keeping shutter half depressed till you fully depress. Also if you were panning...it can take a bit of ‘getting the eye in’. And remember to continue panning AFTER taking the shot....as the tendency is to brake our action too soon and in that moment the subject has moved.

:whip:

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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 16:13 50th Post
More good tips, thank you.
I generally use short bursts of continuous rather than single shots - horses move quickly!
Yes, I tend to pan with the horse before and after the bursts.
This one was taken at f4.5 1/640, 100 fl, ISO1600, spot metering and looks much better but in the shade rather than strong light.

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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 16:40 51st Post
chrisbet wrote:
More good tips, thank you.
I generally use short bursts of continuous rather than single shots - horses move quickly!
Yes, I tend to pan with the horse before and after the bursts.
This one was taken at f4.5 1/640, 100 fl, ISO1600, spot metering and looks much better but in the shade rather than strong light.






Well you seem to be doing the right things and yes that’s a lot better. A nice portraiture image as opposed to action shot.  But for me...not enough depth of field. f8 or even f11 would have got horse head and rider all sharp....assuming you wanted that. As it is, the point of max sharpness is the horses chest.

Edit: looking at it again it may just be the whole image needs sharpening.
There is a softness that MAY be the lens under performing at its max aperture. Stopping down to 8/11 for some shots should prove or disprove if the lens is letting you down a tad..



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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 16:55 52nd Post
Lol - I was trying to put the background out of focus to make the horse & rider stand out - so I am happy that the in focus part is the horse's chest - exactly what I was aiming for :-)

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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 16:56 53rd Post
chrisbet wrote:
Lol - I was trying to put the background out of focus to make the horse & rider stand out - so I am happy that the in focus part is the horse's chest - exactly what I was aiming for :-)
I will get my hat. :lol:



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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 17:17 54th Post
Whilst I understand your (correct) use of max aperture for dof effect I would still be concerned about the sharpness of the key areas.

This could be the lens as many need stopping down a stop or two to max sharpness....whilst recognising that’s contrary to your dof needs it may prove a point about the lens max sharpness potential in a test.

It would be my first check if I were trying to get the images sharper.

I don’t know how much post capture software sharpening you HAVE applied. Maybe not enough. Most images (especially raw files) benefit from 20% extra kick up the rear. You Gimp treatment shows that.

I don’t think you are doing anything wrong in the execution ...it may just be the equipment is on its limit or you are not doing enough post processing.



o.Oo.O

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 18:03 55th Post
Welcome to our forum Chrisbet, sound like you have had some good help so far. I like your pictures keep up the good work. I agree with Eric more DOF would have helped to get rider sharp as well on your last posted image. Also you cut off horses feet so would improve a lot with tighter crop showing rider and horses heads only or pull back a bit to show all!



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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 18:21 56th Post
Graham Whistler wrote: Welcome to our forum Chrisbet, sound like you have had some good help so far. I like your pictures keep up the good work. I agree with Eric more DOF would have helped to get rider sharp as well on your last posted image. Also you cut off horses feet so would improve a lot with tighter crop showing rider and horses heads only or pull back a bit to show all! Thanks - yes, a few things to think about, especially stopping down a little - or maybe swapping to my prime lens for shots like the last one - often though it is not possible to get close enough to frame the image and swapping lenses quickly enough is impossible.
It's a learning curve and your hints and suggestions are most welcome.

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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Feb 8th, 2019 18:23 57th Post
Eric wrote: I don’t know how much post capture software sharpening you HAVE applied. Maybe not enough. Most images (especially raw files) benefit from 20% extra kick up the rear. You Gimp treatment shows that.
50% :-) - more than that and the power lines in the background started pixelating....



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Posted by Iain: Tue Feb 12th, 2019 13:10 58th Post
A mammal form today,

DSC_4339 by Iain Clyne, on Flickr



Posted by jk: Tue Feb 12th, 2019 16:12 59th Post
Three eyed deer.



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Posted by chrisbet: Tue Feb 12th, 2019 16:28 60th Post
Dear, deer..... four ears and one horn :lol:



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Posted by Eric: Tue Feb 12th, 2019 17:33 61st Post
Is that one playing Hide and Sika?


:lol:

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Posted by Iain: Fri Feb 15th, 2019 11:21 62nd Post
Eric wrote:
Is that one playing Hide and Sika?


:lol:

Your jokes don't get any better. :lol::lol:



Posted by jk: Fri Feb 15th, 2019 16:31 63rd Post
That is the problem when we retire, life becomes a huge joke but it certainly does help when we have joke Governments!



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Posted by blackfox: Sat Feb 23rd, 2019 09:17 64th Post
a couple of goat shots from yesterday on a day out with Robert and his son  chris 


things you dont notice .? by jeff and jan  cohen, on Flickr




you old goat by jeff and jan  cohen, on Flickr



Posted by jk: Sat Feb 23rd, 2019 10:24 65th Post
Capture the moment  :lol:
Nice ones Jeff.



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Posted by chrisbet: Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 08:35 66th Post
Just looking through some of my 1000s of images and thought I would share a couple :



That is Ivoire - one of the horses I ride in Italy - and to prove it:


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Posted by Eric: Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 09:50 67th Post
chrisbet wrote:
Just looking through some of my 1000s of images and thought I would share a couple :



That is Ivoire - one of the horses I ride in Italy - and to prove it:


Magnificent creature....I’m talking about the horse. :lol:

Is there a touch of Freisan with all that hair....again....talking about Ivoire. :lol:.

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Posted by chrisbet: Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 15:10 68th Post
No - he is a Merens horse, they come from the Pyrenees so as tough as they come. He is generally pretty lazy and will get away with anything you let him, but he & I have a good understanding of each other and he works well for me :smilesmall:

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Posted by Eric: Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 15:27 69th Post
chrisbet wrote:
No - he is a Merens horse, they come from the Pyrenees so as tough as they come. He is generally pretty lazy and will get away with anything you let him, but he & I have a good understanding of each other and he works well for me :smilesmall:

Merens horses
Ah...never heard of the breed before. Very impressive. 

It it was the long mane and tail that made me wonder about the Freisian....

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Posted by chrisbet: Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 20:24 70th Post
Friesians are taller and very showy - not a breed for the amateur, rider or owner, they are highly strung and look at their best with their plumes pulling a glass sided hearse!


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Posted by jk: Sun Mar 3rd, 2019 21:03 71st Post
Dont think I want to accompany them!
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Posted by blackfox: Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 09:51 72nd Post
a bank vole from yesterday 
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Posted by Robert: Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 13:08 73rd Post
Lovely Jeff.



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Posted by blackfox: Thu Apr 4th, 2019 20:02 74th Post
At that little nature reserve rob, I had it all to myself for about 3 hours



Posted by Robert: Thu Apr 4th, 2019 21:16 75th Post
It's a little haven there.  A friend of mine in the village, keen fisherman, he has offered to take me to a little tarn he fishes, he reckons the Foulshaw Ospreys hunt there in season, he had seen them lifting fish from the water.  It's not far from here, I would say it's a similar size to yours, more open and on a hillside with a small stream running in and out of the tarn.



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Posted by Robert: Sat Apr 6th, 2019 20:06 76th Post
Some horsey pictures. 










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Posted by Robert: Fri May 17th, 2019 08:12 77th Post
I somehow lost this post last night...

Re-creating it from new this morning.

Last week I visited Ben Moor botanic garden, hoping my quest for a nice red squirrel photo might succeed.  There is a hide and food placed, ropes for the squirrels to run along and perches for them to pose on.  Unfortunately the top hinged windows opened outwards and only opened about half way, providing un-interrupted of the ground but not the areas frequented by the squirrels.  The windows were filthy, I tried opening the windows fully and propped open with a stick, but this freaked the little creatures, who shot up the trees not to be seen again.  I closed the windows and retired, disappointed.

Spent the day photographing flowers and the gardens, reflections in pools etc.  As I wearily mad my way to the exit before I got locked in for the night, I spotted a little red head in the grass...

Of course I had my micro Nikkor 105mm f/4.0 mounted on the D800 and there was no way I was going to be able to hand hold at the distance with the 70-300 because the light was poor and under tree canopy.  Fortunately it was a patient little squirrel it waited until I mounted the 70-300 and put the camera on the tripod, using two legs for flexibility.  I managed several exposures but the first was best.

This is a very heavy crop, almost 100%.

Mmmm,  forum image wrecking software at work again, so de-saturated that almost looks like a grey squirrel!  Will try posting the image via. Flicker.

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Posted by chrisbet: Fri May 17th, 2019 10:19 78th Post
The attachment option at the foot of the reply page is really only intended for text files and will degrade images as it compresses the files - use one of the three image insert options in the toolbar to retain image quality.



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Posted by Robert: Fri May 17th, 2019 10:46 79th Post
I did last night use the blue plus button, this morning I must have used the 'attachment' button.  My brain is somewhat addled (more than usually) by an infection.



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Posted by blackfox: Fri May 17th, 2019 11:44 80th Post
yep blue button works best rob ,good horsey shots though



Posted by amazing50: Mon May 20th, 2019 16:59 81st Post
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Mr (or Mrs) Mole?

Like you say, a rare sighting.

There is a Badger set within a mile of here, I have access to the land but I have never yet seen a Badger. I can see where they have been trails in the wood but the actual Badgers seem to be invisible. Is there a 'better' time to visit the vicinity of the set? Like late at night, or early in the morning? I have seen deer browsing nearby but only briefly.

A Trail Camera could watch for you 24-7 and give the times the badger was active.



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Posted by Robert: Mon May 20th, 2019 19:42 82nd Post
Thanks Mike, that's a good idea! :thumbs:



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Posted by amazing50: Wed May 22nd, 2019 23:01 83rd Post
If you try it, let us know how it turns out.



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Posted by blackfox: Wed Jun 5th, 2019 12:56 84th Post
3 from Sunday afternoon 





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Posted by chrisbet: Tue Jun 11th, 2019 14:58 85th Post
One from deepest Tuscany 😁


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Posted by Iain: Wed Sep 4th, 2019 15:01 86th Post
I'm watching you!!

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Posted by Eric: Tue Apr 28th, 2020 12:54 87th Post
Close encounters takes on a new meaning as a slug creeeeeeps past a distracted hedgehog. (Well it does in the movie)

Which goes to show fresh isn’t always the preferred choice even in nature. 😆 



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Posted by Robert: Tue Apr 28th, 2020 13:13 88th Post
Eric wrote:
Close encounters takes on a new meaning as a slug creeeeeeps past a distracted hedgehog. (Well it does in the movie).
Let's see the movie, please!  What are all the little wormy things?  Do hedgehogs like slugs?  If so we need a hedgehog.



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Posted by Eric: Tue Apr 28th, 2020 15:30 89th Post
Robert wrote:
Let's see the movie, please!  What are all the little wormy things?  Do hedgehogs like slugs?  If so we need a hedgehog. Don’t know how to post video on here....get error message using blue cross. Maybe file size?


They are dried mealworms and hedgehogs LOVE them. In fact we are not supposed to give them too many as they get too obese.  But since I wanted their prolonged attention and we have 5 that come ....I started with a big handful.

I thought slugs were one of the staple diets of hedgehogs?  I’ve seen one fall asleep with a frog (half eaten) in its mouth. They eat anything really. We had a laugh watching a hedge hog trying to tackle a fat ball on the lawn. It was like a dung beetle rolling it around. Didn’t get that on film though. ☹️ 


She had a quick look at the slug but suspect it was checking the slug wasn’t nicking her mealworms...



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Posted by chrisbet: Tue Apr 28th, 2020 15:53 90th Post
Eric wrote:
Don’t know how to post video on here....get error message using blue cross. Maybe file size?
Videos not allowed for direct upload - orders of the management! :lol:

Upload the video to Youtube or Vimeo etc and post the link using the link button -   .



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Posted by Robert: Tue Apr 28th, 2020 16:04 92nd Post
Eric wrote:
They are dried mealworms and hedgehogs LOVE them. In fact we are not supposed to give them too many as they get too obese.  But since I wanted their prolonged attention and we have 5 that come ....I started with a big handful.

I thought slugs were one of the staple diets of hedgehogs?  I’ve seen one fall asleep with a frog (half eaten) in its mouth. They eat anything really. We had a laugh watching a hedge hog trying to tackle a fat ball on the lawn. It was like a dung beetle rolling it around. Didn’t get that on film though. ☹️ 


She had a quick look at the slug but suspect it was checking the slug wasn’t nicking her mealworms...


Of course these are frame grabs from video taken at night (patio lights only) so a bit grainy and soft.

Very interesting, we don't seem to get many hedgehogs around here, shame, we get loads of slugs.

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Posted by Eric: Wed Apr 29th, 2020 15:40 93rd Post
Robert wrote:
Very interesting, we don't seem to get many hedgehogs around here, shame, we get loads of slugs.

I thought the images were very good, esp. given the light.
Very difficult to choose freeze frame without blur given the rapid movement.



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Posted by Eric: Mon May 4th, 2020 17:18 94th Post
Easier to freeze a squirrel....



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Posted by Iain: Tue May 5th, 2020 11:47 95th Post
It’s always harder than you think to freeze wildlife, you need a faster shutter speed than you think.



Posted by Graham Whistler: Wed May 6th, 2020 17:53 96th Post
This tiny baby was eating on our bird table this afternoon I had time to get D850 and 500mm (no x1.4) and it is so tame this is almost full frame if I had moved any closer the lens would not focus: 1/2000sec f14 ISO 1600. I liked your one Eric. This one's mother came a bit later and was very nasty chased it away so she could eat, missed this as I was indoors with my cup of tea.

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Posted by Iain: Fri May 8th, 2020 13:12 97th Post
One of a very pregnant Roe Deer on my walk yesterday.

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Posted by Eric: Fri May 8th, 2020 20:51 98th Post
Iain wrote:
One of a very pregnant Roe Deer on my walk yesterday.

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Great capture Iain. We have a muntjac that spends the day in the bushes in our front garden. The little b*gger occasionally gets into the back garden ....where it gets chased out PDQ...due to it munching my wife’s price shrubs. 8-) 

The neighbour rang me yesterday to ask if I had heard the ‘squealing‘. Apparently a muntjac (maybe ours) got stuck in the school railings opposite. The head went through (at pace) but the bum didn’t!  They had to bend the railings to free it.  It made me wonder if it was also a pregnant mum.....not realising its new midriff width?



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Posted by jk: Fri May 8th, 2020 22:41 99th Post
Good capture Iain.
I get roe deer in the woods behind my house but they dont come into my garden as it is a 6 ft wall in between my garden woods and the other woods and fields.   Havent managed to actually photograph them but I see them quite often.



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Posted by Iain: Sat May 9th, 2020 13:34 100th Post
Graham Whistler wrote:
This tiny baby was eating on our bird table this afternoon I had time to get D850 and 500mm (no x1.4) and it is so tame this is almost full frame if I had moved any closer the lens would not focus: 1/2000sec f14 ISO 1600. I liked your one Eric. This one's mother came a bit later and was very nasty chased it away so she could eat, missed this as I was indoors with my cup of tea.

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Nice clear shot.



Posted by Iain: Sat May 9th, 2020 13:37 101st Post
Eric wrote:
Great capture Iain. We have a muntjac that spends the day in the bushes in our front garden. The little b*gger occasionally gets into the back garden ....where it gets chased out PDQ...due to it munching my wife’s price shrubs. 8-) 

The neighbour rang me yesterday to ask if I had heard the ‘squealing‘. Apparently a muntjac (maybe ours) got stuck in the school railings opposite. The head went through (at pace) but the bum didn’t!  They had to bend the railings to free it.  It made me wonder if it was also a pregnant mum.....not realising its new midriff width?
I had a D7200 and a AF-P 70-300mm I got as a light walk around but it’s a sharp little lens.



Posted by jk: Sat May 9th, 2020 15:23 102nd Post
Fine detail Graham.
That D850 has enough MP to crop and get great detail.

Did you manage to get a signature on the model release form?  :lol:



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Posted by Eric: Sun May 10th, 2020 17:57 103rd Post
What am I doing wrong, Graham?o.O




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Posted by jk: Sun May 10th, 2020 18:28 104th Post
Another furry bottom.  Tree bunny? 😂



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Posted by jk: Sun May 10th, 2020 18:30 105th Post
Eric, you need to offer bribes to get them to turn around.  
They lurve Digestive biscuits ;-)



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Posted by Eric: Sun May 10th, 2020 20:24 106th Post
jk wrote:
Eric, you need to offer bribes to get them to turn around.  
They lurve Digestive biscuits ;-)
So do I, no chance. :lol:



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Posted by chrisbet: Sun May 10th, 2020 23:11 107th Post
Hehe - have you tried them with butter on? The biscuits, not squirrels ... :lol:



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Posted by jk: Mon May 11th, 2020 08:54 108th Post
And strawberry jam and clotted cream!
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Posted by Iain: Mon May 11th, 2020 10:10 109th Post
Eric, you made an a**e of that one.:lol::lol:



Posted by Eric: Mon May 11th, 2020 16:29 110th Post
Iain wrote:
Eric, you made an a**e of that one.:lol::lol: Yes...a classic case of heads you win, tails you lose. :lol:



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Mon May 11th, 2020 16:35 111th Post
Is there no end to it!



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Posted by Iain: Wed May 13th, 2020 13:54 112th Post
Graham Whistler wrote:
Is there no end to it! It ends at the tail Graham.



Posted by chrisbet: Wed May 13th, 2020 14:54 113th Post
Youngsters at play -



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Posted by Eric: Mon May 18th, 2020 20:39 114th Post
chrisbet wrote:
Youngsters at play -

Great video.

Judging from those teats, we may be experiencing something similar soon. Not sure the wife’s ornamental grasses will survive. :needsahug:






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Posted by Eric: Mon May 18th, 2020 20:46 115th Post
Don’t mind these sort of youngsters hiding in the border...



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Mon May 18th, 2020 22:40 116th Post
Oh dear, interesting pixs!



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Posted by jk: Tue May 19th, 2020 08:48 117th Post
Clay fox?



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Posted by Eric: Tue May 19th, 2020 08:56 118th Post
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Clay fox? Plastic.



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Posted by Eric: Wed May 20th, 2020 21:46 119th Post
Caught in the act ....




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Posted by Eric: Mon Jun 1st, 2020 23:11 120th Post
This years prickle...



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Posted by chrisbet: Fri Jun 5th, 2020 23:16 121st Post
Another phone pic - dozing doggy double -



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Posted by Eric: Sat Jun 6th, 2020 08:25 122nd Post
chrisbet wrote:
Another phone pic - dozing doggy double -



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What a lovely photo! Well captured and a clear message. Love it. 👍

I am beginning to think we should bin all these big expensive cameras and just use the phones.
No processing done on my hedgehog shot...straight off phone and it’s sharp as a tack. Of course the dof is lacking because of the small fstop the phone used at close proximity....but still ok. 🤔

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Posted by chrisbet: Sat Jun 6th, 2020 09:09 123rd Post
Thanks Eric, I did a tiny amount of sharpening but otherwise as shot. I am surprised at the DOF!

Some of my very best photos were taken on a box brownie and a Kodak 44a - very simple cameras where the only control was cloudy / sunny :lol:



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Posted by Eric: Sat Jun 6th, 2020 13:53 124th Post
chrisbet wrote:
Thanks Eric, I did a tiny amount of sharpening but otherwise as shot. I am surprised at the DOF!

Some of my very best photos were taken on a box brownie and a Kodak 44a - very simple cameras where the only control was cloudy / sunny :lol:
The smaller the sensor- the greater the dof at any given fstop.  It was the same with film  ....big film - shallower dof. I often worked at f16 with medium format to get the same results as f8 on the Nikon slr (actually I was using Canon back then :sssshh:)

My wife has always preferred taking shots of plants (ie pseudo macro) with Compact cameras (now phones) because of their smaller sensors.



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Posted by Iain: Sat Jun 6th, 2020 14:57 125th Post
Nice shot Chris. I used to have two GSDs but down to one now.



Posted by Eric: Tue Jun 9th, 2020 21:11 126th Post
We’ve had 3 young squirrels exploring the garden. They are crazy 😜. As Chris’ video showed, they charge around trees, bushes and lawn.

Didn’t get a video but here are a few images of their antics...



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A sibling charging at a lovely fury belly........



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Finally....one of the little so and sos’s wanted to get at the feeders. I have put plant saucers on the top of the feeders to restrict their access down from the top.  This chap sat for a while sizing up the problem.....



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Realising he couldn’t get down from the top, he decided the only option was to jump....



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Of course he didn’t know a slippery tube was his landing point. Undaunted.......



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He soon discovered there was no grip and slithered and flailed about for a second...




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...before falling into the bush below. I didn’t get that photo as I was laughing too much.

He was undaunted. But he waited till I was uploading the days photos before having another go. He fell in the bush again.

Will he have another go???



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Posted by chrisbet: Tue Jun 9th, 2020 22:48 127th Post
Iain wrote:
Nice shot Chris. I used to have two GSDs but down to one now. We have three! The girls hogged the spot in the sun, here is big boy -



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Posted by Iain: Wed Jun 10th, 2020 08:22 128th Post
I think it’s easer with two as they exercise themselves by playing when out. Here’s mine after a wash and blow dry.

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Wed Jun 10th, 2020 21:57 129th Post
Good set of squirrels Eric well caught. Great looking dog Ian.



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Posted by Eric: Sun Jun 21st, 2020 15:12 130th Post
A couple more squirrel shots and I must move on....



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Now the kits are off her hands mum has been trying to rebuild her figure. She has damaged her right paw, only using it when absolutely necessary.

I think it’s just the outer claws, as the middle one seems ok. Or she may be getting tired of being photographed and is telling me something? :lol:



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Posted by Iain: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 15:13 131st Post
One from yesterday, she was watching me closely as she had three young in the field.



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Posted by jk: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 15:46 132nd Post
Great portrait!



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 21:09 133rd Post
Spot on great shot Ian!



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Posted by Iain: Tue Jun 23rd, 2020 10:17 134th Post
Thank you both, I just liked the way she was peeping through the vegetation.



Posted by GeoffR: Tue Jun 23rd, 2020 14:17 135th Post
Spotted at Stowe yesterday.

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Posted by Eric: Wed Jun 24th, 2020 09:19 136th Post
Just seen this Iain...cracking image. :thumbs:



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Posted by Eric: Wed Jun 24th, 2020 09:23 137th Post
GeoffR wrote:
Spotted at Stowe yesterday. I was surprised to hear on Springwatch (so it must be true 😆) that Grass snakes spend more time in water than out.



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Posted by GeoffR: Wed Jun 24th, 2020 12:55 138th Post
Eric wrote:
I was surprised to hear on Springwatch (so it must be true 😆) that Grass snakes spend more time in water than out. I didn't know that either, thanks.



Posted by rmoser: Wed Jun 24th, 2020 23:24 139th Post
This is a friend of mine. Every time I go over to visit him he comes over to where I'm standing and chuffs at me. The first time it happened, the keeper was standing there. He said that the chuff is the way tigers greet each other. So him chuffing at me is a kind of a tiger "welcome, I'm happy to see you" expression. Apparently it doesn't mean "I'd be happy to eat you"; that's a different vocalization. For some reason, he seems to like me. Maybe he senses I love cats (normally a good deal smaller than him, of course).

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Posted by Eric: Thu Jun 25th, 2020 20:57 140th Post
My ‘girlfriend’ and I once had a conversation with a zoo head keeper called Carlos at a UK safari park.....he was previously head of Berlin zoo.
His body was riddled with scars including a gathered skin area across his throat done by a lion that burst through his passenger door window, while he was looking the other way, and dragged him half out of the window before other keepers came to his assistance. Despite this horrid experience he maintained that the big cats, although surely fatal if they get you, were his favourites characters. 

His main ‘hatred’ was reserved for chimpanzees, that were not only unpredictable but vicious and spiteful...just for the sake of it. Half his right calf muscle was missing...a chimp bite.


We had been talking outside a lion cage .....well it was a lion cubs cage. And he had heard Janice saying she would love to cuddle the lion cub. (Her and her mother had 6 cats at home!). After introducing himself and telling us the cubs name....Jasper.... he said “you really want to cuddle a lion? “Yes’ said my feline loving lady.

“Come on then“ Carlos said.......












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She took a shot of me with my hand in Jaspers mouth....but I don’t want to show myself ... with 1970s long BROWN hair. :lol:

Whenever I see this image I always look at the little girl outside the cage...wishing she could have come in.  Although a playful cub, he was incredible powerful. Carlos told us not to turn our back on him this would let him sneak up on us from behind. Jan actually forgot once....and he Got behind her and grabbed her ‘spare tyre’ (it wasn’t that big back in those days 😆) She stood up quickly and his teeth snapped shut. When we got home she revealed a 9” vertical bruise....and he was just play fighting. 8-)


Footnote: You see Graham...I was even using the wrong shutter speed back then. :lol::lol:

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Posted by jk: Thu Jun 25th, 2020 21:08 141st Post
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Posted by GeoffR: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 09:55 142nd Post
jk wrote:
Good capture Geoff. Thanks JK, would have been much better had I taken it when I first saw it just a few feet from the bank but I was surprised to see it and didn't react.



Posted by Iain: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 15:18 143rd Post
Eric wrote:
My ‘girlfriend’ and I once had a conversation with a zoo head keeper called Carlos at a UK safari park.....he was previously head of Berlin zoo.
His body was riddled with scars including a gathered skin area across his throat done by a lion that burst through his passenger door window, while he was looking the other way, and dragged him half out of the window before other keepers came to his assistance. Despite this horrid experience he maintained that the big cats, although surely fatal if they get you, were his favourites characters. 

His main ‘hatred’ was reserved for chimpanzees, that were not only unpredictable but vicious and spiteful...just for the sake of it. Half his right calf muscle was missing...a chimp bite.



We had been talking outside a lion cage .....well it was a lion cubs cage. And he had heard Janice saying she would love to cuddle the lion cub. (Her and her mother had 6 cats at home!). After introducing himself and telling us the cubs name....Jasper.... he said “you really want to cuddle a lion? “Yes’ said my feline loving lady.

“Come on then“ Carlos said.......












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She took a shot of me with my hand in Jaspers mouth....but I don’t want to show myself ... with 1970s long BROWN hair. :lol:

Whenever I see this image I always look at the little girl outside the cage...wishing she could have come in.  Although a playful cub, he was incredible powerful. Carlos told us not to turn our back on him this would let him sneak up on us from behind. Jan actually forgot once....and he Got behind her and grabbed her ‘spare tyre’ (it wasn’t that big back in those days 😆) She stood up quickly and his teeth snapped shut. When we got home she revealed a 9” vertical bruise....and he was just play fighting. 8-)


Footnote: You see Graham...I was even using the wrong shutter speed back then. :lol::lol:
Its a good job you went to commercial photography and not wildlife/sport to make a living Eric. :lol:



Posted by Eric: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 15:55 144th Post
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Its a good job you went to commercial photography and not wildlife/sport to make a living Eric. :lol: Cruel b*gger😆

I was only 17 and using Jan’s Yashica manual exposure camera for the first :needsahug: 
Didn’t know what an F stop was back then... if asked, I would have probably asked if it was anywhere near a G spot. :lol:

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Posted by Iain: Sat Jun 27th, 2020 20:10 145th Post
:lol::lol:



Posted by chrisbet: Sun Jul 19th, 2020 12:31 146th Post
Just one from Tuscany - not much time for photography, too busy with the horses!



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sun Jul 19th, 2020 15:24 147th Post
Pleased to see you got out there OK? Enjoy the horses!



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Posted by Iain: Tue Jul 21st, 2020 14:59 148th Post
Put some food out for the birds and this Bank Vole showed up.


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Posted by Eric: Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 12:29 149th Post
Mum’s the word!



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Posted by chrisbet: Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 14:42 150th Post
Pretty wild at times but usually captive!




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Posted by Iain: Fri Jun 4th, 2021 08:21 151st Post
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Pretty wild at times but usually captive!




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Sounds like mine. 😂



Posted by Eric: Fri Jun 11th, 2021 09:43 152nd Post
HEADS?






TAILS?






or Easy Rider?



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Posted by Iain: Sat Jun 12th, 2021 13:04 153rd Post
Easy rider for me. :lol:



Posted by Eric: Sat Jun 12th, 2021 16:21 154th Post
Iain wrote:
Easy rider for me. :lol: Certainly got a look of Peter Fonda. :lol:



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