Thursday, November 22, 2012 11:31:30 PM
Just a couple of landscapes from the day, before the winds and rain really started up. This first shot, taken at lunchtime, is looking out over Stanmer Park.
The second is a field at the edge of our campus. The pigeons are making the most of the stubble, but occasionally rise up in large flocks.
Now for the video. This was caught overnight on the trail cam. Keep watching (it's not long). At about the mid point, the second of the two badgers discovers the trail cam.
I mentioned the winds today, and sadly one of my favourite trees (the picture explains why I like it so much) at the edge of our car park at work came crashing down into a small brick hut. No-one was hurt, thankfully, but it does mean that I won't get any more shots like this one from earlier in the year. Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Video from the Bushnell Trophy Cam
Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:13:29 PM
It was actually hot today... until the afternoon when the mists rolled in once again and chilled the air. But it was good while it lasted, and the fine weather got me through the early morning and lunchtime well enough.
This shot was taken at just after 8.00am. It looks like a young woodpecker (a greater spotted), and nice to have the outline of a swift flying over.
The swifts were extremely active which gave me the chance later in the day to try the usually thankless task of photographing a swift over the water. Today I was in luck and this is by far the best low-flight shot of a swift I've managed.
Slightly easier (because slower) was this fledgling swallow.
And it was the fledglings that filled up the remainder of the camera's data card. Not difficult when they make it this
The sitting around has a purpose (of course). Staying still means the adults can find you again. And that means food. So much easier than trying to catch your own. The next three shots are consecutive frames (i.e. less than half a second for the lot). Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:50:04 PM
This is a great time of year for seeing (and hearing) young birds. The hedgerows are alive with the chattering of fledglings as they jostle for food, and the adults are working tirelessly to bring back adequate provisions. I'll start though with an adult, seen in local woods this morning. It's just a blackbird, but it's a nice simple shot.
Next up is another common sighting at work, a fledgling magpie. These are extremely noisy, and typically bold in their behaviour. This one was strolling around just by a nesting herring gull.
Back home in the garden, the young great tits are very active. This one seems to have recently taken a bath.
Next up is a fledgling dunnock. That wrinkled face makes it look old before its time.
Finally (and no real surprise) there is one other baby bird... the woodpecker. There was less activity there today, but I did see it pop its head out a few times, and the mother was busy in the morning. Camera note: blackbird, magpie and woodpecker taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. The great tit and dunnock were taken with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.