Saturday, January 31, 2009

preening owl

nice to get a different set of action images

flight owls

at 800ISO but the 1DIII works well in such situations

A flammeus

we always moan when the sun fails to appear but diffuse light can be good for some subjects


a flying Coot not an easy image to get surprisingly; a local white headed female Pochard that has been visiting for a few winters and a flock of smart Teal

Shoveler again

still one of my favourite ducks

Marsh Harrier and wildfowl

one Marsh Harrier allows you to count all the ducks in the area -- Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard in here

Teal bast off sequence

the first time this year that the Teal flock has been remotely close; a hunting Marsh Harrier was useful

Goldeneyes again

getting slightly better images of this pair now - the sun helps

Friday, January 30, 2009

Mute Swan, Gadwall and Goldeneye

it is always a challenge to make a different image out of a commonplace bird like the Mute Swan -- evening light is great at this time of year

Bitterns and light and habitat

a different series of Bittern shots; they have been more active this week than for many years!

Little Grebe and Shoveler

nice reflections today in the brief sunny spells -- the Shoveler were displaying but never came in close

Shoveler at 3200 ISO

surreal water and female Shoveler at 3200 ISO on Canon 1DIII - amazing what you can get even in appalling light if need be

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bittern bonanza

two close Bittern fly-bys in one day was really too much -- certainly for the AF that missed three out of six of these shots or was it my violent shaking movements!

Coots walk on water

the annual Coot splash fest is upon us

converter removal needed

Having spent many 100's of hours hoping a Bittern would come closer it would be churlish to complain that this one was too close but as I had the 1.4 converter on at times I could not fit it in the frame and getting the bird central in the camera from a cramped slot was more than tricky --now if I was a true pro of course I would say a planned the shot with the bird moving into the picture leaving its rear end to the left to create more impact