I really love this shot, it should have placed higher.
Great shot, what hideous looking babies though!
Thank you for your votes.
This female built this nest just a few feet outside of my front door. I've heard that that is pretty common. One theory is that they pick areas of relatively heavy human traffic which may deter their other natural enemies.
I was very careful not to disturb the nest, waiting until the mother flew away to set up my camera. Then I quietly waited for her to return, then waiting more until she flew away to gather more food before I took my camera down and walked away.
Congratulations, very interesting image. Do you know what kind of bird they are?
APenza: A pair of Robins decided to start building their nest on a tiny ledge above a column under the portico and no more than 3' from our front door. I asked the kids to gently open and close the door upon entering and leaving, but they would forget from time to time and I would shutter when that door slammed shut. That didn't deter the pair as they kept building. Then after one particular rainy and windy day I came home to find the nest on the ground, still intact, but I thought that may be the end. I then nailed a small piece of wire mesh to the column and placed the nest back in it's original location and within minutes the birds were back. Within weeks they raised 3 healthy chicks and we all got witness the beauty of nature. And I got some pics too.
What a lovely story! Good for you.
Very nice and unique
Beautiful shot, congrats Ruth
What a beautiful image!!
Congrats, some truly beautiful images here.
Great shot, congrats Stevie!
Wildbegonia: Oh boy, here we again, another fun, interesting and full of discoveries challenge.
Agree! That's why I sooooo look forward to Ruth's challenges.
Rule for no previously entered shots makes this difficult, particularly when there are no mantis around in the winter to take new shots of.
One of the most beautiful songs ever written. I wish I had a worthy photo to enter but it's not looking very promising with only 2 days left.
Congrats Carmen, you did it again with you fine hummer shot!
jcmarfilph: Great challenge but once again somebody got spanked by idiot voters. You don't vote the brand but the photo. You don't look at the exif and vote your favorite camera. You don't give 0.5 vote to pull down someone. It has been a great pleasure joining your challenges Stevie. This will be my last as I feel voting system is still full of magic.
If you look at the top 10 winners here, several others (mine included) got .5 stars. I've been sandbagged many many times in past challenges but I continue to participate because if all the honest players drop out, all you have left are cheaters and they win.
This is a magical image, wow.
Fantastic macro, congrats Dale, well deserved.
kkardster: Great challenge, but I have to wonder if the couple of truly out-of-focus shots are really the best they've done?!!
If this is the photographer's personal best, then it absolutely qualifies to be in the challenge. After all, the challenge is "YOUR Best Photo...", not "THE Best Photo..."
kkardster: It's great to see the variety of entries here - many that are nowhere near the "superzoom" reach. It just shows how versatile these gems really are while also showcasing what these "pinhead" wonders are capable of.
There was already a challenge for superzooms at max focal length.