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Old 13th March 2011
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Camera shy @ Keyhaven

We had a lovely walk on Friday, although the weather wasn't our friend and the sea didn't seem to have read the tide tables.

I didn't take many pictures because the not-forecasted very thick cloud meant it was quite dark. Those I did take aren't much to look at because the birds didn't seem to want to cooperate. Maybe they were camera shy?

Anyhow, here are a few that most people would throw away as bloopers.

First up is a Magpie ...

E-30; 70-300mm + EC14



Then a Mute Swan, that spent so long in this position that I was beginning to wonder if it was real!

E-30; 70-300mm + EC14



A couple of Shovellers. As usual they spent most of their time with their heads down.

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One of a group of Wigeon - trying to hide behind a tuft of grass that was just that bit too far away for my lens/lighting conditions.

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And finally a Turnstone, head down amongst the seaweed. These birds are remarkably well camouflaged and tend to vanish from view once they stand still.

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Re: Camera shy @ Keyhaven

*cough*! ...
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Re: Camera shy @ Keyhaven

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Hope that nasty tide did'nt mean you got your feet wet Ellie, sounds like a bad cough you've got there

Tides round Keyhaven and the Solent are strange, some say it's because the tides around the Isle of Wight still think it's 1956, others reckon it's because the fat man sat down in the bath. Whatever the explanation it means high tide will often sit around for a long time (the Stand) and then after it drops a couple of feet will start coming back up again.

Anyway nice to see that you had a good time even if 4 of the birds decided to 'moon' you (back to the tides again) and a fifth didn't want to incriminate itself. Sometimes it goes like that (Ratty is generating a lot of bad language as he wont pose where I can get a good shot).

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Some more from Keyhaven last week (11 March)

Here are a couple of macros borrowing Ellies Sigma lens, and a salty one using my legacy OM 200mm/f4 (just to prove we were there!)





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Re: Camera shy @ Keyhaven

Hi Ellie and David,

Given the conditions we had I think you have both done very well getting these images.

I have a few to post too but I have a dreadful backlog of work. It should not be too long though.
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Re: Camera shy @ Keyhaven

As Ellie and David have said, to describe the day as overcast would have been an understatement. Lighting was so poor I was using ISO 800. I do admire the shots produced by both given these conditions.

Here are a few of mine.

Magpie


Mute Swan


Little Egret


Channel Islands - Bournemouth flight over Keyhaven


Teal (Drake) in breeding plumage




Finally, a video of the Turnstone feeding on the seashore. I used a monopod to provide stablility when filming and this seemed to work quite well. I was also surprised how well the video turned out given the lighting conditions.
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Re: Some more from Keyhaven last week (11 March)

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Here are a couple of macros borrowing Ellies Sigma lens, and a salty one using my legacy OM 200mm/f4 (just to prove we were there!)



Worked out well, didn't it. I love that Gorse, it's such a dreamy sort of picture.

The half Teasel looks as if it's arrived from outer space.

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... to describe the day as overcast would have been an understatement.
Yes, it was bad wasn't it.

Your pictures are jolly good. Lovely clear colours too.

I bet you're pleased with the way the Turnstone video came out. The first section is a bit jumpy, but the second part is brilliant.
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Re: Camera shy @ Keyhaven

An amusing series there Ellie, shame the weather was so dull for you.
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