E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Birds at Keyhaven

Birds at Keyhaven

These are the same swans and their young as the other picture, taken in the same weather on the same day .. cloudy, dark and cold.

The Turnstones were on their way to the top of the wall to see if there were any morsels of easy food left over.

Turnstones are not the easiest of birds to photograph, and this was a snatch shot, I didn't think it would work out. So, although it's quite dark I'm pleased with the result.

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Birds at Keyhaven

These are the same swans and their young as the other picture, taken in the same weather on the same day .. cloudy, dark and cold.

The Turnstones were on their way to the top of the wall to see if there were any morsels of easy food left over.

Turnstones are not the easiest of birds to photograph, and this was a snatch shot, I didn't think it would work out. So, although it's quite dark I'm pleased with the result.

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comments (17)

  • José-Angel
  • Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona)
  • 10 Feb 2007, 00:46
It would emphasize here the capture in flight of the birds. It does not seem very pleasant surroundings for ocas. They are very dirty, truth?
EJWilkins: Hi Jose, hay un cisne y seis cisnes jóvenes, cygnets del adulto. Los cisnes jóvenes no han conseguido sus plumas blancas del adulto todavía. Demostré un cuadro de ellos que eran alimentada. Está aquí http://www.ellie.shutterchance.com/photoblog/53843.htm Son que bastante felices pienso. Es un cuadro oscuro porque era un día oscuro y nublado. smile
Hi Ellie, I'm curious about the Turnstones as this is a bird I am not at all familiar with! You captured them in flight very well - especially with the low light conditions.
EJWilkins: Hi Michael, there are a lot of Turnstones around here. They gather in little clusters on the foreshore and quite literally turn over the stones/shingle when they're searching for food. http://www.rspb.org.uk/birds/guide/t/turnstone/index.asp Despite having a white chest they're easy to miss, it's possible to walk quite close to them and only spot them when they take off. They fly very fast.
This picture was sheer fluke, and probably only because I hadn't altered the shutter speed from trying something else.
Is a snatch shot something that exclusive to women, Ellie? Sorry, couldn't resist....
EJWilkins: Goodness knows Drew!! grin If I'm honest, I don't even know if it's the right term to use. All I know was I saw the Turnstones taking off and quickly pointed the camera at them!
  • Roland
  • Besançon (France)
  • 10 Feb 2007, 11:23
Hello Ellie. I love this picture... The background wall makes a kind of sweet "home" to those birds.
EJWilkins: Yes, that end of the harbour is well protected from the elements, so is somewhere nice and safe for both birds and people. smile
  • Ray
  • thailand
  • 10 Feb 2007, 12:14
Gotta say "I like everything about this picture". Especially I like how you have 3 species of birds here, and it is like 3 groups doing quite different things as though they are not really aware of each other. Also, you seem to have managed a very fast shutter for what does not look like a bright environment.
EJWilkins: I'd got it set on a higher speed because I was trying to photograph some other birds in flight, sheer luck that it worked here, but it caused quite a lot of noise .. which is why I didn't go in any closer. I think it is a bit odd, generally at that place the birds 'do their own thing' and take virtually no notice of each other. I wonder if it's because there's plenty of food available?
Anyhow, I'm glad you like the picture Ray, and thanks for taking the time to comment smile
  • jose
  • 10 Feb 2007, 12:17
This is a super composition; the flight of the birds takes your eye up to the right corner to find yet another type of bird, then the curving wall takes your eye across the image then your eye finally falls naturally down to the signet in the bottom left corner. And so the eye goes around again! I like its muted tones. I like this image very much.
EJWilkins: Thank you smile
I thought it was a slightly messy picture because there's so much going on, but that's what it's like there. everything's muted here at the moment, we didn't even get any snow. sad
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 10 Feb 2007, 14:00
Pleased you should be, Ellie. That one white swam is so very white in this pic, against all the others. Very nicely captured!
EJWilkins: Thanks Ginnie .. another of those "Shall I, shan't I?" pictures .. and I'm glad I did, because it's so unusual to catch the Turnstones either in flight or anywhere near any other birds. They move about so quickly.
Soon, when the days are brighter, I'll try some more and with my new toy as well wink
Very nice shot Ellie between the whites and greys of the birds. The ones in flight are a little muted by the stone wall but the fringe of white outlines them very well. Excellent in catching severalspecies in the same photo.
EJWilkins: Thanks Neil. smile
Wow, this is a great capture with the flying birds on the right. Congrats!
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
  • chris p
  • the wintery Isle of Wight
  • 10 Feb 2007, 17:23
The Turnstones are a good catch here Ellie smile
EJWilkins: I thought so Chris, they're a beast to photograph because when they're on the ground they seem to blend in so well with their surroundings, it's only when they fly that there's any colour or pattern. I thought I struck lucky here. smile
Blooming cold here today, wet and dark again, no snow. I expect you're about the same.
très belle photo
EJWilkins: Merci beaucoup Nadine. smile
C'est magnifique !
Just to help you to learn french smile
I like very much the flight of birds on the right hand, it gives a great interrest to the whole shot.
Did you try to avoid (with photoshop) the cars ?
EJWilkins: Merci beaucoup Monsieur. J'ai oublie beaucoup de mon francais, mais je comprends un peu. Je parle meilleur que j'écris smile
I did try to crop out the cars, but it did not look as good. What could photoshop have done to help?
Stunning shot ! I know how difficult birds are to photograph - especially if it is cloudy. Great photo !
EJWilkins: Thanks Ferdi smile

I'm hoping that once I can get out with my new camera (yippee) it will make a difference. The response time is a lot less, so I might be able to get better results, especially with birds .. they don't tend to hang around for very long do they? Sometimes I prefer flowers and buildings! wink
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 10 Feb 2007, 19:18
Very well caught Ellie. Those chance captures are always the ones that make it worthwhile, even if seldom technically good. This is well done though, especially considering the conditions you were faced with. Warmest wishes, Neil.
EJWilkins: Thanks Neil, I appreciate you dropping by especially as you aren't too well. I think I'm getting to enjoy this photography stuff wink
  • Abi
  • 12 Feb 2007, 00:12
nicely done
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 12 Feb 2007, 13:49
ellei you asked zeb what photoshop you could have used . i say a selective colour to make your ducks blue smile great image especially of the flying statues
  • Ellen
  • 12 Feb 2007, 21:34
I really like how you caught the birds on the right flying.

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