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Just last week I was trying to capture Nuthatches in flight which is not exactly an easy thing as they are extremely fast flyers.

As I do every year, I had dug in a tree trunk upright in the garden and had cut out large holes in eather side which I fill with a mixture of fat, nuts and seeds. Every year it works like a charm and the tree trunks are visited daily by dozens of Tits, Nuthatches and Woodpeckers.

The tree is only standing some 5 meters away from my terrasse so it's a luxury photoshoot for me when the birds fly towards and from the tree trunk.

I experimented using flash here. What I wanted was to freeze the motion of the Nuthatch completely. As you can see I didn't quite get the hang of that but I actually liked the result very much. Especially with the colorful leaves of the Beech as background.

It so happened that just last week the yearly Photo contest of the VNF Apeldoorn (Nature Photogropher's Association) was held and this year's special theme was 'Movement". Well..... my little Nuthatch had movement alright so I decided to enter it into the competition. And guess what; it took away the first prize!! :-)

So here is how what initially was a failure became a succes after all!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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