Bird in Flight Shots, a Baby Rabbit, and a Pair of Fox Cubs
Friday, July 13, 2012 10:44:02 PM
In the meantime here are a few 'bird in flight' (bif) shots from today, including this one of a common sandpiper. The sandpipers are occasional visitors to the pond, but they don't seem to follow any particular pattern of appearance so it's always something of a surprise to see one there. They prefer larger stretches of water, in common with many of our wading birds.
Not at all a surprise are the house martins which, at this time of year, take up residence in the barns and houses around the village. They feed voraciously on insects providing a constant aerial spectacle, mixed with fast sweeps just above the surface of the water.
The very common blackbird often proves one of the hardest birds to photograph in flight. In part this is because of their habit of darting from bush to tree across dense background foliage, making lighting and focus something of a challenge. I caught this one just as it was taking off from the church wall. Not really an 'in flight' shot, but close.
The last of today's birds is a kestrel. Not exactly a scarce or unusual subject for me, but this was a grabbed shot as it emerged from the woods which edge the field.
Two mammal shots to round things off for today. First one from this morning of a baby rabbit (solely to raise the cuteness quotient).
And a little bit of proof that fox cubs don't always fight... Shy Boy and Rough Ear just before the rain set in.
Camera note: all daytime shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. The pair of fox cubs was taken with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.