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Stunning pictures. I'm guessing picture like those need some fairly seriously priced kit.

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Fantastic photography and lovely colours. You should put some photos in for the Countryfile Calendar Competition (unless you are a professional photographer of course - I think the comp might be for amateurs only and I think you may be a professional by the standard of your work).

Where I used to work the fire door went out onto a river bank and we had a picnic table and chairs out there, often saw kingfishers, dippers and otters but never when I had my camera ready of course!
 
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I used a canon 7d with a sigma 120-400 mm lens a good amateur set up

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You have made my day i wish i was a professional but only a keen amateur
 

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C'mon Gaz - spill the beans: Camera, lens, shutter speeds, hours spent waiting etc. They're lovely pics - we have a Kingfisher buzzing round the workplace but I'll never get shots like that. I'm trying to photo all the wildlife there for an electronic photo frame display on the shop counter - my current challenge is to get a decent shot of a dragonfly in flight but they don't half shift. I saw it take a moth in mid-air the other day.
 
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Terrific pictures Gaz (y)
Went to Oxford today to see our granddaughter in her first sports day. Saw some beautiful Red Kites. Wish I had a good SLR to capture them. ;)
 
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photo 7134 . f/5.6 , 1/640sec , iso400 @400mm
photo 7085 . f/5.6 , 1/640sec , iso 320 @273mm
photo 7181 . f/6.3 , 1/640sec , iso 640 @400mm
photo 7266 . f/6.3 , 1/640sec , iso 800 @400mm
photo 7299 . f/5.6 , 1/640sec , iso 320 @170mm
photo 7437 . f/6.3 , 1/640sec , iso 800 @320mm

hope this helps
I got to the hide at 6:30 am and left at about 10:30 am
 

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Thanks for the info Gaz. I got a close-up of a Mayfly a few weeks ago (fast shutter required there) - I'd rescued it from a puddle and put it on a fence post to dry out so I took a few pics. As soon as it was sorted, it took off, flew around a bit, located the puddle again and did a Kamikaze dive straight into it. No wonder they don't live very long.
 
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Definitely put something in for the competition....... I like to see birds in flight but that's just me.
As Puddleduck said you must enter the Countryfile competition your photos are amazing.
My father was into photography and after retiring from the police force he retired to SW Scotland and fulfilled his dream and worked freelance for a local paper he too took some amazing photographs of birds and animals. I have a few of them my favourite one being of a highland calf which went in the papers annual calendar. I just wish I had inherited his talent.
 
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