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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Richmond park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-12 13:08
Viewed: 2981
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This guy was ruffling his feathers to make this shot a little more dynamic. Light was fairly low but VR lens did a great job. Adjusted levels in PP and cropped.

Corvus monedula
The jackdaw is the smallest bird in the crow family. It is black with a grey nape, pale eyes and a short, stubby bill. You tend to see several together as they are gregarious birds. They are widespread and common throughout most of the UK, except north-west Scotland. Their loud, staccato call is easy to recognise; it is a high-pitched ‘kya’ and distinctive, slightly squeaky ‘jack’. They are often aerobatic, soaring and gliding, then performing steep dives. Jackdaws naturally nest on cliffs and crags, but in towns will happily nest on buildings and chimneys. They will also use large open-fronted nestboxes. Females lay four to six eggs between April and May. They have only one brood each year. Jackdaws are reputedly very intelligent and are frequently mentioned in folklore.

From www.rspb.org.uk/gardens/guide/atoz/j/jackdaw.asp

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Hi SImon,
Nice capture and you've exposed well keeping good detail in the dark featering which is always tricky. As far a composition goes I try and birds (or the main point of interest) slightly offcenter. YOu've knid of bulls eyed this one which typically makes for a static image. I'll try and post a WS when I get a moment.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-17 14:24]

Hi Simon

I think your DOF is better than mine. Great POV. You also handled the low light well. The light was terrible when I took mine and it sounds like your weather was the same. Yours looks quite cute and fluffy



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