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Challenge: Birds In Flight (Basic Editing)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Date: Mar 18, 2011
Aperture: F4
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 18, 2011



[Mar. 24th, 2011 11:57:43 PM]

How lucky for me that this challenge came up just when my favorite birds were beginning their annual return to their communal tree at the park I used to eat lunch at for years. I've missed being in the challenges so much, and have even tried to come up with something several times but came up short of anything challenge-worthy, so it makes me happy that these birds that have been so good to me in the past came to my rescue once again :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 114
Avg (all users): 7.3103
Avg (commenters): 8.5625
Avg (participants): 7.0462
Avg (non-participants): 7.4132
Views since voting: 3949
Views during voting: 475
Votes: 232
Comments: 66
Favorites: 4 (view)


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04/13/2011 06:03:36 PM
Beautiful. Congrats on the ribbon!
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04/10/2011 02:24:25 AM
It must be very hard to capture and process this! Congratulations on your ribbon and one more excellence!
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04/05/2011 01:30:31 PM
Awesome job Sandy! Your skill at capturing these graceful birds, plus your oustanding processing makes for some beautiful images. Congrats on the red!
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04/01/2011 02:40:15 PM
congrats Sandy, great catch!
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04/01/2011 07:11:30 AM
So basically you just pop in now and then for a ribbon? Congrats on this outstanding image. Glad to see you back.
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03/31/2011 11:53:09 PM
GORGEOUS and so deserving of the front page!
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03/31/2011 07:34:09 PM
Beautiful, Sandy! Congrats!!!!!
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03/31/2011 11:53:50 AM
Superb shot ,Congrats.
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03/31/2011 11:26:21 AM
Love it, totally deserves this high score, great capture
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03/31/2011 12:39:21 AM
Congrats Sandy - this is really beautiful!
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03/30/2011 11:38:58 PM
Hi, Sandy, It is really graceful and beautiful :)
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03/30/2011 05:32:34 PM
Not surprising that you ribboned. You're good like that! =)
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03/30/2011 03:32:00 PM
Yeah Sandy! Amazing shot , of course.
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03/30/2011 02:49:58 PM
Congratulations Sandy, a lovely image!
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03/30/2011 01:49:57 PM
Awesome Sandy! Wonderful shot...
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03/30/2011 12:33:37 PM
This is simply amazing Sandy! Gorgeous pose, gorgeous detail. I'm so happy for you in winning a ribbon. Congrats!
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03/30/2011 12:28:55 PM
Graceful indeed! Love the stick in his mouth. It adds something cool to the picture. Congrats on your big finish, Sandy!
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03/30/2011 12:18:14 PM
This is an awesome photo. It makes me jealous, not only because it's a great photo that isn't mine, but because I don't have easy access to such beautiful birds :) Nice work...
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03/30/2011 12:04:11 PM
Great shot and great finish! Congrats with well deserved red!
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03/30/2011 12:03:21 PM
It's wonderful to see you on the podium, Sandy! Congrats!
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03/30/2011 11:46:30 AM
Sandy! Congrats on the ribbon! Great shot!
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03/30/2011 11:26:02 AM
Not surprisingly...this bird became one of my instant 10's. Your usual outstanding work, Sandy!
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03/30/2011 11:25:37 AM
Beautiful work Sandy! Congrats on a great image and on the ribbon too!
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03/30/2011 11:14:20 AM
Someone's on a roll
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03/30/2011 10:50:05 AM
Outstanding again. What a great eye for symmetry and beauty.
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03/30/2011 10:00:38 AM
Sandy, WTG! Outstanding shot!
I love it~~
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03/30/2011 09:36:23 AM
Congrats Sandy ! One of my tens in the challenge-very well done my dear :-)
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03/30/2011 09:25:51 AM
Lovely shot! I don't give 10's very often but this was magnificent and I couldn't help myself.
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03/30/2011 09:12:40 AM
You always ace those birds, Sandy. So nice to see you on the front page!!
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03/30/2011 06:06:28 AM
Sandy , HUGE Congrats on a wonderful wonderful shot !! I can never make my bird shots as romantic looking as yours, just wonderful.
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03/30/2011 06:01:55 AM
Still a winner, where ever you go or do, congratulations Sandy.
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03/30/2011 06:01:21 AM
Graceful indeed! Congratulations Sandy!
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03/30/2011 04:47:45 AM
Wow!! A BIG congrats to you Sandy!!!!!!!!
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03/30/2011 04:46:17 AM
This beauty to be yours, Sandy. What a wonderful image! Many, many congrats on your ribbon, my friend ((Hugs)).
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03/30/2011 04:40:57 AM
Boy what a grate photograh !
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03/30/2011 01:53:17 AM
I knew you would nail something in this challenge. Nice to see you on the front page again my friend.
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03/30/2011 01:36:00 AM
Wooooot! Congrats, Sandy! A spectacular image.
To the bird: One stick at a time- WTH?? ;-)
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03/30/2011 01:25:19 AM
I knew this was yours Sandy .. it has that elegant touch .. so well done - congratulations!!
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03/30/2011 12:30:48 AM
how brilliant to see you here on the front page sandy with such a fantastic, magnificent and beautiful photograph ..
i'm so happy for you .. :) xx
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03/30/2011 12:25:32 AM
Beautiful, Sandy! Congratulations.
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03/30/2011 12:19:17 AM
Congrats...great image!
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03/30/2011 12:08:36 AM
Congratulations!
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03/30/2011 12:06:37 AM
ha!! I knew you'd get the red! I'm still completely floored that it didn't get blue. Awesome, awesome image!
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03/30/2011 12:05:19 AM
awesome, Sandy!
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03/30/2011 12:03:52 AM
good for you Sandy....look at that feather detail!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/29/2011 09:31:15 PM
Such a beautiful image! You have done very well to produce such a great contrast from a very similar coloured background.
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03/29/2011 01:28:38 AM
Excellent one of the best, and probably ribbon for you. 10
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03/28/2011 12:46:50 PM
Beautiful, looks like something SandyP would photograph. Love the detail in the backlit wings.
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03/28/2011 10:19:11 AM
Amazing image. The spread feathers are very beautiful, as is the pose of the bird.
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03/28/2011 09:44:27 AM
Ok, since I'm not voting in this challenge, and it's driving me up the wall, I'm awarding bluebirds to my 10 favorite shots. I'll post them in the posthumous awards thread after the challenge is over, but I just couldn't wait until then!

You already know what I think about this shot. I think it's spectacular! Your egrets are truly awesome! Here's a bluebird:

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03/27/2011 11:21:25 PM
This is beautiful
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03/27/2011 07:17:05 AM
Wow! I'd love to be able to take shots like that.
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03/25/2011 10:24:30 PM
Very nice!
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03/24/2011 10:49:33 PM
Gorgeous. I love seeing the light through the wingtip feathers and the toes. Great shot.
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03/24/2011 05:04:09 PM
how do you do this in basic? one of the best!
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03/24/2011 02:49:00 PM
Love the white on white. Great capture!
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03/24/2011 11:27:52 AM
Such grace and style...one of my 10's for this challenge! I hope this one does well for you!
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03/23/2011 06:20:02 PM
Well done!
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03/23/2011 06:18:38 PM
Beautiful light and sharp as a tack~ Lovely image. 9/10
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03/23/2011 05:18:45 PM
That's a blue , IMO
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03/23/2011 11:28:30 AM
Nest building time! Lovely translucence in the wings.
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03/23/2011 09:45:23 AM
Front page IMO.
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03/23/2011 08:35:22 AM
The twig in his mouth really makes it.
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03/23/2011 06:13:38 AM
Splendid capture, love the twig, my screen goes slightly pink on the right hand side of the photo, not sure if this is good or not.
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03/23/2011 03:12:05 AM
Blue.... :-)
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03/23/2011 01:09:17 AM
Nesting season, I see! Very graceful pose; beautiful exposure to keep the whites in check.
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