Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Ferruginous Duck on Waters Edge

 in the dull and wet a nice female Ferruginous Duck associating with Tufted Ducks on Waters Edge this afternoon and on the water it looks fine - but flight shots revealed a green plastic ring on its right leg so a fence jumper but how many rare wildfowl are seen well enough to get both legs checked assuming that is that all rare wildfowl in captivity are ringed which they are not - so the long wait for another genuine Lincs Ferruginous Duck goes on -- the last local bird was a drake on Waters Edge in February - April 2001







Sunday, May 02, 2021

Swift test

 back at last in small numbers and a real test for the new Canon R6 - initial impressions are it struggles to find Swifts but when it does it works - but a long way to go on the testing front 



Goldeneye

 a few shots from a couple of weeks ago that I had lost on a memory card but luckily rebound before I deleted them








Saturday, May 01, 2021

Grasshopper Warbler

 it has been a very slow spring to say the least but warblers are now finding their way in and their voice during sunny spells but the severe cold at night has certainly dulled the dawn chorus; Grasshopper Warbler here in habitat 






Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Whimbrel

 my best ever images of a species I have always found difficult to get close to -- the Auto focus on the R6 certainly stuck on this once it found it 







some further R6 images

 getting a better feel for this camera and how it works - the Yellow Wagtail was through a reed fringe needing manual focus initially; the harriers are pretty big crops but all 12 in a sequence were in focus but light and contrast are clearly key factors - nice to get rid of the glaring overhead sun and heat haze! 

The Northern Wheatear looks like a Greenland












Monday, April 26, 2021

experimenting with new camera

 convinced myself not to get one but bought a Canon R6 to see if the much hypoed AF abilities worked in challenging situations - the jury is still out after a few days of bright overhead sun and less than co-operative subjects - it seems to work well on Ashy Mining Bees! BUT harriers against a cluttered backdrop - camera says no - its a steep learning curve but these are a few early results