Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 07/01/2011

Just when you thought it was safe…


… another photo of a Nuthatch turns up. Actually I’d thought I’d taken the best photo of a nuthatch that I was going to take but I’m extremely pleased with this one and so it would seem are other people.

Having read a re-tweeted message (is this now a verb?.. conjugate the verb to tweet.. I tweet, you tweet, he/she tweets) from the RSPB I casually sent a link for this photo to them, only for them to then re-tweet that tweet itself (blimey there was a lot of tweeting there, I couldn’t hear myself type).

As you can imagine the RSPB have a lot of followers and many of them have clicked on the link included in the tweet, increasing my traffic on Flickr, adding to my followers on Twitter as well as having numerous people contact me directly. It’s very gratifying having so many people enjoy an image that I’m immensely proud of.

About the image: Another persistently grey day, with little available strong light, I had to rely on the camera’s ability to work at high ISO’s without introducing too much noise into the final image. In fact so good are the noise levels on the 1D4, I can easily take photos above ISO 1600 without fear of digital static on the final photo; I bumped the ISO up to 2000 for this photo and whilst on close inspection the background does exhibit some such contamination, nothing detracts from the sharpness of the bird’s plumage. Lovely plumage the Norweign Blue…

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