Tuesday, January 31, 2017

winter geese

its been good locally for Tundra Beans and White-fronts this winter with a peak of 107 White-fronts in one flock and flocks of 10, 7, 8 Tundra Beans maybe with some overlap -- photography has never been easy so a few records here
 above the 8 Tundra Beans at Alkborough on Sunday
 White-fronts and a lone Greylag part of the flock of 107 that are mixed in with 2500 - 4000 Pinks at Goxhill --the lone Greylag could presumably be a real wild bird

 Mass of Pinks

 above 2 part of the flock of 10 Tundra Beans above Barton in late December; stained with a coating of Humber mud the legs can look less than strikingly orange

 Pink-feet coming onto sugar beet

 a lone Tundra bean in the usual appalling light

 4 Pink-feet

 above 2 shots two Tundra Beans left with two Pink-feet

 White-fronts and Pinks

 Tundra Beans and Pinks

 the 8 Tundra beans against the light

 White-fronts and the lone Greylag

6 of the 7 White-fronts at Alkborough at the weekend

Woodpigeon and snowdrops

found a flock of 45 Brambling in the park this morning but as soon as I got the camera out two cars pulled up slammed their doors and bingo -- took this Woodpig with the Canon 1DX, 400 DO II and 2x converter hand held at 1600 ISO and 100th second f8; the Brambling never came back

a few Humber Barnacle Geese

topping to 2000 total now in winter

Friday, January 27, 2017

Yellow-billed Loon revisited

dull and misty but managed to get down a bit lower which always helps -- differences in angles and light and background make different bits of the plumage stand out more -- Canon 1DX, Canon 400 DO II and Canon 1.4x mark 3

Lapwings 5D3

Canon 5D3 and Canon 400 DOII -- IQ from the 5D3 is superb --

patch Mediterranean Gull

from earlier in the week when it was sunny for once -- Canon 7D2 and Canon 400 f4 DOII

2cy Iceland Gull

when I arrived at Manby the realisation dawned that 95% of it was frozen over and there were just 3 gulls, all Common amongst the wildfowl sitting on the ice; after a few minutes a large gull arrived ,a 2cy Iceland Gull and presumably a male on its large size compared to Mallards and later a Herring and 2cy Lesser Black-back -- as usual distant and nil light levels which the Canon 7D2 does not appreciate