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This is a really cool shot. I would suggest that you darken the shadows a bit to bring up the details of the stems and this would also ...

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George
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Current Residence: Millis Mass. USA
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Favorite photographer: Ansel Adams
Favorite style of art: wildlife photography
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Hi, I thought I'd share this with you all, to see if others have run into the same troubling problem.
 For the past 3 years they (state agency), has been spraying for Mosquitoes. They have been doing this to keep the West Nile and Triple E viruses in check. They are using a spray that kills the larva of the Mosquito, and have been targeting the swamps and marshes of my area.
 What I have noticed is the song birds have all but disappeared! Where I used to be able to find dozens of different Warblers.. I have none now!! This is getting really scary...I only have the weekends to go and shoot pics, and so far this year I have only seen 5 Warblers! It's not that I'm not trying hard.. the complete opposite..I spend most of the day out an about,but now it's so discouraging that I have almost lost interest going out!
  My theory is that by killing off the Mosquitoes,( and most of the other bugs ), they have taken a very valuable food source out of the natural loop.The bird population can only tolerate so many years off scarce food before they either move out of the area or they starve to death, with nobody else moving in to replace them.It's been years now and I have noticed less young fledglings each year, and have found  some nests with dead Eggs because the parents have either died from starvation or abandon the nest because of food scarcity.
  The other troubling part of this story is that most if not all of my Skipper Moths and many Butterflies are also being effected by this spraying. Where I used to find many, well last year I only found 4 Skippers and a handful of Butterflies, and very few Caterpillars.

This trend was highlighted by my looking back over the past 4 years of pictures in my files...Each year I'm seeing less and the amount of pics taken has dropped off a cliff so to speak!

I really hope I'm wrong, but the evidence and history speaks volumes, and it's not in the wildlife's favor that's for sure.

To date I have not seen any Oriels,Gnat catchers,Gross beaks, Buntings and Kestrels.....by now I should have not only seen them, but have also found nesting activity.
  My resident population, Chickadees, nuthatches and such, have also been effected by this , as the numbers are much lower this year than last. I have been lucky enough to have found a few, and also some nests, but I really have to work to find these! Areas that would have literally dozens of birds, are down to only a few.On my friends Farm that abuts a large marsh, well the hedge rows are like ghost towns ..empty of the song birds that used to be found there! I expected to find the ones I had there last year, but nope..no returning birds...even the Sparrows are way down in numbers.

So let me know if you have run into this situation...I'm concerned about the total impact this is having on the wildlife in my area.
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:iconguard-of-the-citadel:
Guard-of-the-Citadel Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Photographer
Why, thank you for the honor of a watch!  Coming from you, that truly is a very great compliment!!!! :bow:
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natureguy Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, You're most welcome.
 
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EarthHart Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank'ee most kindly, Squire George Thank you! Thank you! for keeping an eye on this ancient weaver of images Ahooooy Matey!
I needs it as I gets a bit wayward at times Drunk  Hi!
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natureguy Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're most welcome Will, I didn't know I hadn't added you to my list many moons ago...
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EarthHart Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
That's happened to me :giggle: Seeing someone's work regularly in the groups I belong to, I think I'm watching them, which in a way, I am :D
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natureguy Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
yup same here!
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AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
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natureguy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, you're welcome!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Hey George! Welcome to :iconda-butterflies: :D  I'm an admin there too :wave:
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natureguy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Ruth!
  Happy Easter to you!
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