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NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D80
Shutter Speed
10/130 second
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F/3.5
Focal Length
50 mm
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200
Date Taken
Nov 13, 2008, 4:59:36 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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The Early Bird Gets... by DPasschier The Early Bird Gets... by DPasschier
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I watched these young birds from eggs to birth, as you can see, and was planning to keep a photographic record of there life. But unfortunately they were killed by another bird introduced to Australia in Victoria between 1863 and 1872 bird called the "Myna Bird". The common Myna is extremely aggressive, and breeding males will actively defend areas ranging up to 0.83 hectares in size. This aggressiveness has enabled the common myna to displace many breeding pairs of native hollow-nesters, thereby reducing their reproductive success.

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You have captured a very peaceful and natural moment in a more than beautiful manner. Your focus is great and the the tiny bird is in my point of view sleeping in the most natural and beautiful manner.

As is on the photograph I have no suggestions to make about the image or how it was taken. In any case its sad to know that the birds were killed by another one of their same species; and saying that I must say that this photograph acts as a very emotional piece of memory. The peacefulness of those closed eyes and beak speak for themselves.

Great Photography!
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oh my goodness I have never seen something with such texture it is actually amazing that you got this pic, and you are a very grate arts and all the rate you have got you will soon discoverer one day how amazing this really is. I feel that I am in the presents of some one that is wroth every moment and I believe that you are a work of art yourself not just every thing you do for art just every thing you do is art it is a never ending canvas that every thing you do is a lovey brush stork that makes the perfect line every time. I just can not describe how amazing this is, if you can not tell I am very poetic and I know when I see art but I must know dos this describe some felling, it is almost far to amazing for me to image this felling. it is a very peaceful place in this pic and no matter how hard it is for me to fell this felling I must no you have to tell me what felling this express. I just want you to no this it's self is amazing but you are at the same time.
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:iconrospberry:
Beautiful photograph but tragic to know the little ones didn't make it.
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bear48 Mar 11, 2014  Professional
so very cool
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Aki-rain Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, I imagine it was difficult to get a shot like this! The young birds are so clearly visible, and it drew me in how the one in focus is raising its head! What an interesting picture. :3 
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PseudonymousBosch Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I could stare at this picture all day.
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:iconnicky8:
you are featured HERE
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Solrac1993 Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Really cute! I like the depth of field :)
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:iconnicky8:
beautiful capture!
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Pamba May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What a sharpness! Great photograph.
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Riftress Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely precious, beautiful shot.
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The photograph is well executed. While it shows a perfect focus on the bird at the top, it draws the observer also to the place where the bird is presently. The contrast in colour really makes the top bird stand out, but not too much. The explanation written below the picture also offers an interesting glimpse into the life and dangers these birds face even at that age.
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