Sunday, 23 February 2014

GREEN WOODPECKER RUINED BY HUMAN ACTIONS

....well that's my excuse for these images, sadly it's not really an excuse to be fair.

It was a bit far away to start with and I opted for the approach of hidng myself behind a silver birch tree, not good fieldcraft when you consider birch tree=slim trunk + Doug=wide trunk but it was busy anting away and each hop as it moved it closer, I had time constraints mind you, I was in a carpark at the start of my walk, anytime now a car could turn up spooking the bird, there wasn't any cars in the carpark so knew no-one was set to return. A car with some golden oldies turned in, saw me crouched down, stared at me for a few seconds, reversed and drove off....nice one!
By the time the woodie was in range the shot was ruined by human actions....
Friggin' litter louts with a taste for cheap european lager, sadly despite all my willing the bird didn't move either to the left or right but flew off as a car pulled in, a little gutted.

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  1. Still excellent shots. They are a wonderful bird. Have you got ants running around already? I think that's what they are after..

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  2. PS. Douglas the litter will clone out. If you want I'll do one for you. It's pissing down here and I can't face the walk to the pub. I can't read my book because my eyes hurt. Too much focus stacking.

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    1. Hi Adrian as tempting as it is too clone the cans out I kind of want them to stay for now, the site I was photographing at has become plauged by Eastern Europeans drinking before going back to work and a company who's premises border the site has created one of the biggest fly-tips I've seen so my job yesterday was to record it all. Then tommorow I have an appointment with someone from our local council and show them what I'm on about but there will hopefully be more on this later in the week.
      The Green Woodie was anting and I even saw a bumble bee too it was mild yesterday but cloudy and windy today so a false start for our insect friends.

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  3. Douglas, it's beyond me that people seem to have no regard for the way that they treat their space or the wider environment, they'll miss it when it's gone!
    Despite depriving the Silver Birch from daylight and then scaring off the oldies, who aren't used to seeing strange people trying to hide behind small trees, you still managed some great images of the Woodie (and the litter...lol)...[;o)

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    1. I was thinking of getting one of those road signs showing "men at work" and adapting it slightly to alert passer by's what I'm up to, I do get some strange looks :o)
      I agree with what you say Trevor and if you read my reply to Adrian you'll see those who have "no regard" are going to find out the hard way...I hope.

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    2. I also get my fare share of strange looks but I just think to myself that they're not seeing what I'm seeing!
      Good luck with the local council bod but I guess that he/she will be only too willing to fob you off with a lot of nods and yeses....[;o)

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  4. I seriously dislike litter louts too. My mum and I took carrier bags out on our dog walk to pick up litter we had seen scattered along a country lane. Why should we have to suffer for the ignorance of people who chuck their bloomin' litter out of the car window?! Riles me up! You have captured the yafflers well, despite the litter. Photoshop it out?!

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  5. It seriously annoys me to Lou, but recently I discovered a few things, for example in nearby Essex they have a hotline where if you see someone throwing litter froma car you can report it and they have had prosecutions too, also for certain fast food chains as part of the planning approval they're required to pick litter within a certain radius from the site of their outlet, the distance varies from local authority to local authority for example it's 1.5 miles. I really don't think we should have to suffer and the tables should be turned on the louts, more on this at a later date.
    Adrian done a good job of cloning/photoshopping the rubbish out but I wanted to leave it in as made a point

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