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Posted by Iain: Sat May 9th, 2020 13:37 101st Post
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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?
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
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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
jk wrote:
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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Sorry guys, not a Nikon. Taken on the wife’s iPhone. o.O



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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
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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
GeoffR wrote:
Spotted at Stowe yesterday. Good capture Geoff.



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Posted by GeoffR: Fri Jun 26th, 2020 09:55 142nd Post
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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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