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As I seem to have won Blériot's last fountain challenge it's my job for a new challenge, so here goes:
A stork in its nest with fledgling(s).
[Edit: A stork, if possible in its nest, better yet with fledglings)]
[Edit2: both pictures are zoomed-in - I was further away than it seems.]

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Lovely shots Depp. But, my word!  You've set the bar rather high there   Storks are not indigenous to the UK, and only the occasional handful of migratory individuals are spotted in any year. Maybe there are some in zoos around Britain, but I guess it would be a participant in the challenge from beyond The Channel that might win this one
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Oh jeez,      We dont have storks here.  
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I'm thinking somewhere in the southern UK.  Based on some reading I've found:

High in an oak tree in the county of West Sussex, in southeastern England, a pair of free-flying white storks hatched three chicks. It was May 6, 2020, a landmark moment: It had been 606 years since the previous written record of white storks breeding anywhere in Britain. Two weeks after those first chicks emerged at Knepp Estate, another pair of storks, in another shaggy nest of sticks in a nearby oak, hatched three more.

“This achievement is beyond thrilling. We dreamed of this moment, and now the storks have done it—we have British-born chicks again!” says Tim Mackrill, a reintroduction expert with the White Stork Project. Launched in 2016, the project aims to establish 50 breeding pairs of white storks in southern Britain by 2030.

Source:  https://www.nationalgeographic.c ... ng-in-britain-again
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DowntownRDB Posted at 5-25 02:37
I'm thinking somewhere in the southern UK.  Based on some reading I've found:

High in an oak tree in the county of West Sussex, in southeastern England, a pair of free-flying white storks hatched three chicks. It was May 6, 2020, a landmark moment: It had been 606 years since the previous written record of white storks breeding anywhere in Britain. Two weeks after those first chicks emerged at Knepp Estate, another pair of storks, in another shaggy nest of sticks in a nearby oak, hatched three more.

Yeah I saw a similar article when I checked this morning. Chances of me filming one are practically zero
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DAFlys Posted at 5-25 00:51
Oh jeez,      We dont have storks here.

I wonder if a heron would do?
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Blériot53 Posted at 5-24 23:16
Lovely shots Depp. But, my word!  You've set the bar rather high there   Storks are not indigenous to the UK, and only the occasional handful of migratory individuals are spotted in any year. Maybe there are some in zoos around Britain, but I guess it would be a participant in the challenge from beyond The Channel that might win this one

Ah, didn't know that. Well, since you hop the channel at times maybe you're lucky.
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DAFlys Posted at 5-25 00:51
Oh jeez,      We dont have storks here.

Another reason to travel ;-)
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DowntownRDB Posted at 5-25 02:37
I'm thinking somewhere in the southern UK.  Based on some reading I've found:

High in an oak tree in the county of West Sussex, in southeastern England, a pair of free-flying white storks hatched three chicks. It was May 6, 2020, a landmark moment: It had been 606 years since the previous written record of white storks breeding anywhere in Britain. Two weeks after those first chicks emerged at Knepp Estate, another pair of storks, in another shaggy nest of sticks in a nearby oak, hatched three more.

So not impossible for our UK friends to enter the challenge.
But mine's not in the UK.
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Blériot53 Posted at 5-25 03:58
I wonder if a heron would do?

Maybe Peter can help out on this one...
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Blériot53 Posted at 5-24 23:16
Lovely shots Depp. But, my word!  You've set the bar rather high there   Storks are not indigenous to the UK, and only the occasional handful of migratory individuals are spotted in any year. Maybe there are some in zoos around Britain, but I guess it would be a participant in the challenge from beyond The Channel that might win this one

I trimmed down the challenge a bit in the edit.
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Depp Posted at 5-25 04:20
Ah, didn't know that. Well, since you hop the channel at times maybe you're lucky.

Probably not until next year now - we've done two trips in the last 6/7 months.
And they only breed in the SW of France apparently. Further than we normally go
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Depp Posted at 5-25 04:22
I trimmed down the challenge a bit in the edit.

He's the one with the best chance here, I reckon
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Depp Posted at 5-25 04:21
Maybe Peter can help out on this one...

He's the one with the best chance I reckon
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Depp Posted at 5-25 04:22
I trimmed down the challenge a bit in the edit.

Doesn't help  

Will this do?  

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Blériot53 Posted at 5-25 03:58
I wonder if a heron would do?

I’ve been out in the greyness photographing herons today.   But no nests.  
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Blériot53 Posted at 5-25 05:03
Doesn't help  

Will this do?  

LOLOLOLOLOL
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DAFlys Posted at 5-25 07:22
I’ve been out in the greyness photographing herons today.   But no nests.

Thy're pretty discrete.
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  I think you meant NONONONO
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Blériot53 Posted at 5-25 03:57
Yeah I saw a similar article when I checked this morning. Chances of me filming one are practically zero

Well, after the luck you had capturing up close footage of the squirrel you just never know.  If you do ever film one then run down and buy a lottery ticket that same day.  
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Depp Posted at 5-25 04:21
So not impossible for our UK friends to enter the challenge.
But mine's not in the UK.

No doubt not in the UK.  I'm leaning to more that it was in Germany.  
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DowntownRDB Posted at 5-25 11:16
Well, after the luck you had capturing up close footage of the squirrel you just never know.  If you do ever film one then run down and buy a lottery ticket that same day.

That would be the implication.
Do you have storks in Florida?  You could be the one to win THIS challenge, if so
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Blériot53 Posted at 5-25 11:27
That would be the implication.
Do you have storks in Florida?  You could be the one to win THIS challenge, if so

We do have lots of storks in Florida. We used to have lots more but they seem to be really tasty to the gators.  As long as there are gators around there will be no over populating of storks.
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DowntownRDB Posted at 5-25 11:17
No doubt not in the UK.  I'm leaning to more that it was in Germany.

True. Just 20 km from home.
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Depp Posted at 5-25 04:20
Another reason to travel ;-)

lol,  that is true I suppose.  

Does this count?
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Blériot53 Posted at 5-25 10:48
Thy're pretty discrete.

We spotted two yesterday,   both were hunting for dinner.


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Depp Posted at 5-25 22:04
True. Just 20 km from home.

Nice that it was so close to your home.  
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DAFlys Posted at 5-26 00:07
We spotted two yesterday,   both were hunting for dinner.

Great shot DA.  
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DAFlys Posted at 5-25 23:59
lol,  that is true I suppose.  

Does this count?

We'll have to see if someone else comes closer. But not a bad shot.
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thanks DT.  Look out for the Goslings in another thread that are in someones front garden.
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Depp Posted at 5-26 03:41
We'll have to see if someone else comes closer. But not a bad shot.

Cheers Depp,    they are usually gone in a flash but this one was hunting and not concentrating on anything else I think
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DAFlys Posted at 5-26 00:07
We spotted two yesterday,   both were hunting for dinner.

Great capture.  I've not filmed one for a while.
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DAFlys Posted at 5-26 04:11
thanks DT.  Look out for the Goslings in another thread that are in someones front garden.

You're very welcome DA.    I'll keep a look out.  
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Depp Posted at 5-25 04:20
Ah, didn't know that. Well, since you hop the channel at times maybe you're lucky.

Here's a heron in Copenhagen (2012)
About the best I'll be able to find I guess
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Depp Posted at 5-25 04:20
Ah, didn't know that. Well, since you hop the channel at times maybe you're lucky.

Or, just before take-off
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DAFlys Posted at 5-26 00:07
We spotted two yesterday,   both were hunting for dinner.

Going back to 2012, in Copenhagen, I got these couple of shots of a heron. No storks though



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Blériot53 Posted at 5-26 07:38
Great capture.  I've not filmed one for a while.

I took plenty of shots but I must confess to not going through and sorting them out properly yet.,   I should have used a faster shutter as the wings did blur
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DAFlys Posted at 5-27 00:15
I took plenty of shots but I must confess to not going through and sorting them out properly yet.,   I should have used a faster shutter as the wings did blur

That was my mistake, I recall. With the old Canon Powershot.
He took off and surprised me.
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Blériot53 Posted at 5-27 00:04
Going back to 2012, in Copenhagen, I got these couple of shots of a heron. No storks though

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Nice shots.
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