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I hope you enjoy my site. I was quite an early Panoramioist and think it fantastic that, with 100,000,000 pictures to choose from, some of you will look at mine - Thank you! Apart from a severe case of NAS, I'm just a point and shoot photographer. I usually take about 10 seconds to compose and take the shot. Most of my stuff is HDR and will remain so until digital sensors can capture the same tonal range as the human eye, i.e. for quite a while.
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Hi Trolvag, so do I! the salt air at the coast meant that this lot was very rusty. Cheers, William

My left shoulder is wrecked! The sling didn't really work with binoculars as well and at this point I was still smiling as I didn't have my rucksack with water, spare lens, poncho, lunch.... All good fun though - Cheers, William

HI Nick, the Tufted Coquette is the second smallest bird in the world, allegedly! Beaten only by the Bee Hummingbird in Cuba. Thinks... must go to Cuba to take photos of hummingbirds and old cars... Cheers, William

HI Paolo Thanks very much for your LIKE! I'm glad you enjoy this picture. In fact, it was calm in the valley but very windy up on the ridge. Ciao, William

In my experience, it is probably the best place I've been for bird photography! Relatively calm birds of spectacular varieties.

Cheers, William

Hi Nick, if, by exotic location, you mean the sewage works then you are right - exotic - you actually have to pay to go in. All the best William

Hi Andrew, thanks very much for the compliment! What I need is more time to practice - preferably in a similar location ;-) Cheers, William

You'll be glad to hear that I didn't have to fish this one out of the swimming pool!

Nick, sort of - these swifts were streaming over the swimming pool and drinking so I thought I'd get some shots. About 100 shots later I realised that they were flying rather fast! Things worked better if i was in their line of flight as you could anticipate when they came into the field of focus and loose of a few shots. Then I noticed a few weren't quite as practiced and tried to see what was happening. The other shot was, I believe, a miscalculation resulting in a "wet out". Otherwise I think that some swifts were deliberately diving in for a bath. Cheers, William

Well spotted Nick, Motmots apparently create their own racquet tails by pecking their tail feathers - perhaps this chap needs more practice. Lovely looking birds - they operate a bit like Magpies here - robbing nests and so forth! All the best, William



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