Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Arctic Redpoll







I first saw this bird two weeks ago but in several visits to this survey area have not seen it since; today it was very obvious but still hard to get to grips with thanks to the accompanying Goldfinches; the record shots here show apparent good Arctic features; the buff facial area, broad white greater covert bar though already worn, white median covert bar, one fine grey streak on longest undertail covert, general colouration, thick-necked appearance and shaggy trousers. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

sundown owls



NI and no NI and the pink glow

Short-eared Owls on a dull day





sometimes poor light forces a different set of images

comparing 200 and 3200 ISO


the two shots here were taken at 200 ISO 1/25th sec at f4 and 3200 ISO 1 320th sec at f4; considering the difference in ISO there is still amazing quality at the very high ISO of course with increased noise; both on tripod 1DIII with 500 f4; it was pretty dark by this stage of the afternoon; no noise reduction on

Asio head shots




the intricacy of the facial pattern is stunning at close range

dull light but flying owl





Sunday, February 15, 2009