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No wonder my bird feed is lasting a long time....

 
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Sep 05, 2014 07:29 |  #16

Beautiful shots Ian, so 'sharp' :)


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Sep 05, 2014 08:21 |  #17

Eastcoast wrote in post #17136280 (external link)
Ha, good one Ian.

He's using the bristle brushes as a "boot cleaner" for his talons.

Sweet shot.

Thanks John.

nc_killie wrote in post #17136500 (external link)
Great capture of the bird, love the colours and sutartion - pity about the perch and background - opportunity for setting up some nice artistic perches!

Yep, will look into that ;) Thanks!

budcam wrote in post #17136755 (external link)
Ian love the curiosity look of the little fella, and well done.

Thanks Dan, he was looking all over to see what was for dinner. I think his parents have shown him where I am.

Pondrader wrote in post #17136796 (external link)
Mmm Then I would suggest removing the Brush as its not the best BG

Maybe.....then it would just be the wires, not much better.

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Great eye colours.

Thanks Red.

CMOats wrote in post #17136904 (external link)
Beautiful shots Ian, so 'sharp' :)

LOL, I get it! Thanks Cheryl.


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Sep 05, 2014 09:56 as a reply to  @ Wallace River's post |  #18

Beautiful Sharpy Ian and excellent captures to boot.
It is funny how they'll perch on almost anything when searching for their next meal, but I know for a fact I've never seen them on a bottle brush :)

As for the wires, I took a little liberty and about 15 minutes in PS so you be the judge......


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Sep 05, 2014 11:46 |  #19

Absolutely great detail as always, Ian.

As a suggestion, I have had some success after cloning, disguising the resultant lines w/ the smudge tool(W/ the blur and sharpen tools in PS Elements). This will sometimes work w/ blended bg colors such as you have here.
And Steve, you should put together a tutorial on removing unwanted's. Excellent!


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Sep 05, 2014 14:45 |  #20

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Beautiful Sharpy Ian and excellent captures to boot.
It is funny how they'll perch on almost anything when searching for their next meal, but I know for a fact I've never seen them on a bottle brush :)

As for the wires, I took a little liberty and about 15 minutes in PS so you be the judge......


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Sorry, can't help you with the perch my friend ;)

Wow, that PS work is awesome, Steve I could use a half hour lesson from you! Thanks so much! I only have Photoshop 7, so I' don't know if it has the horsepower to do what you just did. I have yet to spring for a newer version. The brush is an eavestrough leaf prevention tool, if you know what I mean. Either way, great work on the wires. I have since removed the brushes and replaced them with a more carefully placed branch, so we'll see what happens next.

ardeekay wrote in post #17137354 (external link)
Absolutely great detail as always, Ian.

As a suggestion, I have had some success after cloning, disguising the resultant lines w/ the smudge tool(W/ the blur and sharpen tools in PS Elements). This will sometimes work w/ blended bg colors such as you have here.
And Steve, you should put together a tutorial on removing unwanted's. Excellent!

Thanks for the comments and ideas, Rog.


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Sep 05, 2014 14:50 |  #21

I am always startled when I witness that moment when the hawk picks a bird off my feeder. I never get used to it. It happens in a flash leaving a cloud of feathers.




  
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Sep 05, 2014 14:56 |  #22

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I am always startled when I witness that moment when the hawk picks a bird off my feeder. I never get used to it. It happens in a flash leaving a cloud of feathers.

Yep, same here, they sure are quick. This was a young one I'm sure, and he was all eyes looking around before taking off. There's little piles of feathers all around the feeders right now.


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Sep 05, 2014 15:11 |  #23

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This young guy has been hanging around my feeders....I have seen the results, but today is the first time I've actually seen him drop in to have a look around. The bristle brushes were a misguided attempt on my part to make the feeders squirrel-proof ;)
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Sep 05, 2014 20:05 |  #24

Awesome!


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Sep 05, 2014 20:47 |  #25

Last time I saw one in my yard he was devouring a sparrow!
I played with the wire in the first one for ya:

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Sep 05, 2014 20:51 |  #26

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The bird: "I laugh at your puny bristles! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!​!!!"

Ygah, the squirrels say the same thing :rolleyes:

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Awesome!

Thanks much Greg.

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Last time I saw one in my yard he was devouring a sparrow!
I played with the wire in the first one for ya:

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Wow, you guys are good! Thanks for that Ron. I've had several little piles of feathers out there over the past couple of weeks. I think a grackle, a blue jay, a mourning dove, and who knows what else.


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Sep 06, 2014 17:56 |  #27

if you can teach him to catch squirrels I'll buy him from you- very nice shots


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Sep 06, 2014 18:06 |  #28

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if you can teach him to catch squirrels I'll buy him from you- very nice shots

If I see him catching squirrels Bob, I'm keeping him! So far they just laugh at him. Thanks for commenting. I made some serious setup changes today, the hawk should like it....will see what happens next.


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Sep 06, 2014 21:52 |  #29

Very nice shots . Definitely looks like a Sharp Shinned Hawk .




  
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Sep 07, 2014 04:39 as a reply to  @ Celestron's post |  #30

Great shots Ian, I was going to post ideas on clutter removal but Steve was ahead of me :)




  
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