Monday, November 28, 2016

a few Hen Harriers

some with 1DX and 400 DO2 + 1.4x and some with 7D2 and 300 2.8II with 2x -- hmm does bigger = better? there was heat haze as well

how slow can you go? Hen Harrier

taken just after first light with Canon 7D2 and Canon 300 2.8 II at 200th f2.8 ISO 800 second hand held -- with a slow flying bird 200th is almost possible

Sunday, November 27, 2016

it is a tristis

called several times today the typical short, weak cheeep call and never did anything else; a real change in appearance when it moved from well lit to shady areas --

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Siberian Chiffchaff?

about a week ago I heard what I assumed to be a tristis Chiffchaff at Alkborough but the only Chiffy I could see was a fairly typical looking collybita -- confusion -- this morning ND located two birds and in spite of the dense fog we had pretty good views and I managed some terrible images; the other bird not featured had a much stronger greater covert bar but neither would call which was frustrating; playback of eastern abietenus elicited no response but tristis calls from Hannu Jannes collection brought the bird straight to the phone looking inquisitively but still it would not call -- compared to the bird featured in the Birding World article by Anthony McGeehan it looks pretty good allowing for the terrible lighting -- no excuse for the terrible quality maybe get them in better light another day