Archive for May, 2010

Swallow in flight

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

I had an early morning outing recently to see if I could photograph some of the dawn chorus singing as the birds are busy attracting partners at this time of year. In that regard it was a pretty poor morning as I didn’t come home with anything worth keeping. I did however capture this image of a Swallow in flight which made up for the early start.

There were lots of Swallows about flying over the fields and occasionally one would stop and rest on fence wires typically. This image was taken shortly after it had taken off from its resting place. A pretty tough test for the cameras auto focus capability.

Little Grebe and reflection

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Here is another from the many hours I have spent photographing Grebes and Little Grebes recently.

On this particular morning the water was so still that the reflections were incredible. Common species of birds became very photogenic. It was the first time I had encountered such still water at  this particular site so it was good to collect some calm reflection images whilst I waited for some action on the lake.

Song Thrush with worms.

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

The farmers are very active working on the fields close to home at the moment. I noticed one lunchtime that some birds were attracted to these freshly ploughed fields, so the next free evening I went to see if I could record any activity. The smaller birds, Wheatear and Yellow Hammer, stayed very close to the centre of the fields out of reach of the camera.

This Song Thrush was slightly more obliging but this is still a reasonable crop from a 700mm lens combination.