Vandyu: Beautiful shot, Stevie Boy. As usual! I do love these beautiful birds and their ability to capture their dinner. Thank you for being in the right place at the right time to be able to share what you witnessed through your camera lens.
Thanks Vandyu and you’re welcome. To be honest I always feel privileged to witness kingfisher behaviour whenever I get the chance. They’re simply beautiful and stunning creatures and my all-time favourite subject. It is every bit my pleasure to have displayed this image for you and anyone else who appreciates it. :-) Cheers
RuthC: This excellent picture is all about texture, Stevie Boy Blue, and it has won you another top place in this challenge. The Mandarin duck is always very photogenic, and you have excelled here. The colours are just superb, while we can see every texture in the beautiful plumage, from the smoothest silky whites and teal greens to the multicoloured quill-like tans and the rippling browns on the wings. Just beautiful! Ruth :-)
Thank you Ruth. Indeed Mandarin Drakes are photogenic. Can't help but love 'em for it. :-)
John Beavin: A great capture Stevie. congrats.
Thank you John.
BarnET: great! capture.well deserved win.
Thank you BarnET.
ysal: Congrats Stevie, an excellent shot!
RuthC: Congratulations, Stevie Boy Blue, on winning 'A Gift From Nature' challenge, with your double capture: the beautiful, brightly coloured kingfisher, with its own silvery captured fish. The subtle background highlights the wonderful textures and details of your subject. I am left wondering how the kingfisher managed to swallow this very large meal. A great picture! Ruth :-)
Thank you Ruth, and thanks for hosting these challenges. :-)
Mike Gerstner: A true money shot.....just beautiful.
Thanks a lot Mike. :-) Cheers...
ysal: What a beautiful shot, congrats! But the little one looks like he is bleeding. I hope he's not hurt??
Thank you ysal. Not sure where you're seeing blood though? And of course no-one else has mentioned it. Perhaps you have too much red in your viewing screen? :-) Anyway, I assure you that the cygnet looked okay at the time of photographing. Cheers
RuthC: Congratulations, Stevie Boy Blue, on your very well-deserved win in this 'Ducks, Geese & Swans' challenge. This excellent entry has been leading the votes throughout the week, and understandably so. Colours are beautiful, from the whitest whites to the black background, and the swan's shiny black and orange beak. The curves and textures are beautiful. We can almost feel the smoothness of the swan's feathers, while the little cygnet has such wonderful fluffy softness, it gives us all a warm glow, (so to speak.) A picture to be vey proud of. Ruth :-)
Yeah Ruth, I'm very pleased to have recorded this shot, which is one from a short burst of images that all proved to be keepers. Thanks for the comment, but above all, thank you for hosting another challenge that suits my favourite kind of photography. I simply adore capturing wildlife subjects whenever I can. :-) Cheers...
karamanda13: Lovely! Well done.
Thank you for the comment karamanda. :-)
asdf photographer: What an epic picture. You are truly gifted!
Glad you like the picture, asdf. Thank you for the kind words. :-)
Trevor Carpenter: I'm always pleased when I gave my top marks to the winner. Beautiful shot.
Thanks Trevor, and I appreciate having received your top marks. :-)
Jack Cat: Congratulations on a great photo and 1st and 3rd place finishes!
Thank you Jack. :-)
barb_s: Glad to see this win. I really like it! Congrats!
Cheers for the comment Barb, and thank you for organising this particular challenge.
ysal: Nice shot Stevie!
bluemoonman: Congratulations on your 1st place finish, great detail & colors.
Cheers bluemoonman, and thank you for donating your time to host these FZ challenges.
ysal: Congrats Stevie, a beautiful shot!
RuthC: Congratulations, Stevie Boy Blue, on coming third with this beauty, in this 'Beauty of Feathers' challenge. This is an excellent example of the aerodynamics of a simple feather. It looks so soft, and and delicate, yet it is able to withstand incredible forces which enables the bird to fly. A beautiful, very simple capture. Ruth :-)
Cheers Ruth, and extra thanks for setting up a challenge that gave me the idea for this image. :-)
ysal: Wow Stevie, how ever did you capture this? Beauty in simplicity.
Thanks ysal. Glad you like the photograph, but, despite your enquiry, there’ll be no secret tactics revealed here. ;-) Cheers :-)
RuthC: What a delightful capture, Stevie Boy Blue, and it deserves second place in this Feathers Challenge. I love the colours here, which aren't over-saturated, but true to life. Lots of interesting details and textures to contemplate, yet the whole photo isn't too busy. Thinks: "Why do I feel I'm being looked at?" Great picture. Ruth :-)
Thanks for the comment Ruth. I appreciate your time. I can also fully appreciate why you feel you’re being looked at. I almost entitled the image ‘The Eyes Have It’ but then thought that might elicit a few low votes for my appearing a little presumptuous.
Looking at the final votes cast here, however, it appears there’s just no preventing low scores no matter what we call our pics. These sandbagging types are such lovely and sporting folks who seem to enjoy nothing more than marking down images just to prevent them from winning. ;-) Not that I ever dreamt this image was a potential winner, of course – especially as I’d already anticipated one or two low scores. :-) Thanks again.