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art frames 4th October 2015 09:10 AM

Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Originally Posted by Tordan58 (Post 360985)
What kind of biotope is it?

Hi Tord,

Ashridge is one of the largest pieces of woodland in the UK. the estate is run by the National Trust who say:

Ashridge Estate is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acres) area of the Chiltern Hills with beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands. These very different landscapes each support a rich variety of wildlife, including carpets of bluebells in spring, rare butterflies in summer and the fallow deer that rut in autumn.

The area where we were looking for fungi was in the main oak, birch and beech with crab apples and some sweet chestnut. It was covered with bracken and is mostly untouched, trees get very large and are left to fall naturally.

I was with a very good naturalist, TV broadcaster and writer, who started his career at the RSPB film unit. So I trust his bird IDs. And he gave a cautious ID. He said:

After a long study of the bird in the picture I am coming down on the side of a marsh tit, paler sides and underside, the black on the top of the head is narrower at the back than a willow tit which has more of a cap with a wider rear neck band, just to confuse matters this could have been an immature bird in which case its any-ones bet.
But marsh tit is more a bird of older deciduous woodlands, hence my slightly hesitant ident.

For me absolute identification is not the objective of taking pictures but I know some people take joy in it. So I'd be happy to hear all views.

brian1208 4th October 2015 09:36 AM

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Technically a poor image as it was shot with ISO1600 down the length of a friend's garden, whilst having coffee in the conservatory, cropped to around 1000pix on the longest side.

I did like the timing though, catching it with "airbrakes deployed" as it came in to feed

Shot using the EM-5 mk2 + 40-150 pro + 1.4xTC

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/716/2...4fccea58_c.jpggoldfinch coming in to land by Brian Wadie Photographer, on Flickr

Olybirder 5th October 2015 09:23 AM

Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Originally Posted by bredman (Post 360992)
Quite liked this mono version.

What an excellent flight shot Peter. I was attempting to capture a similar shot of Swallows flying past trees a few weeks ago but didn't succeed in getting any sharp images. I haven't seen any Swallows for a couple of weeks, so I think they have left my area now.


Olybirder 5th October 2015 09:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Tordan58 (Post 360987)
Chiff-chaffs were used to be found in the northern coniferous forests only but nowadays they are showing rather often in other biotopes. Here is a close encounter from early May this year.

A great shot of a Chiffchaff in an unusually uncluttered setting, Tord. I was looking for the Yellow Browed Warblers which have been in my area over the past couple of weeks and was excited when I discovered three small warblers moving about in some leafy trees. They turned out to be Chiffchaffs, though, and the foliage was too dense to allow any photographs. Chiffchaffs overwinter here these days, which is nice.


Olybirder 5th October 2015 03:12 PM

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I used to see Stonechats nearly every time I went out birding but over the past few years I have noticed a sharp decrease in their numbers locally. However, at the moment there have been quite a few passing through my area and I have seen more in the past couple of weeks than over the preceding two years.

These shots were taken at Minsmere yesterday, where there were several Stonechats scattered about the reserve. For some reason the camera refused to autofocus on the bird in the last shot, latching onto the gorse in the background instead. This was inspite of using the single, small AF point. The only way I could get the shot was to focus on the twigs at the bottom, half press the shutter button and recompose.


Wee man 5th October 2015 05:47 PM

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Hope you don't mind me joining in sorry its a bit image heavy, not been posting for a while so making up for lost time!

Heron getting out quick.

One landing


Battered Gull


Little Goldcrest at a mirror.


Chaffinch? coming in to land.


All caught over the last month or so.

First three with Sigma 150mm 2.8f on ME1

Olybirder 5th October 2015 07:29 PM

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Of course we don't mind you joining in Ed. That's the idea of the thread the more the merrier. Your Goldcrest is a little beauty, showing of its crest. The mirror is a nice BOGOF feature. :)


Wee man 5th October 2015 09:31 PM

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Thanks one problem with the mirror which is a feature in the garden is it gets attacked by the birds (mainly males) to the extent I have to cover it at breeding time. They do not seem to know they are attacking their own reflection!

Olybirder 5th October 2015 09:45 PM

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Ed, I have Dunnocks which do the same thing with the wing mirrors on my car in the breeding season. They make a terrible mess on the paintwork.


mstphoto 6th October 2015 05:18 AM

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A wee singing Robin at sunrise
E-M1 + Lumix 100-300

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5724/...67663511_c.jpgSinging Robin by Mike Stephen, on Flickr

art frames 6th October 2015 11:32 AM

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I have been looking at my old computer system for pictures for the communal butterfly post (running alongside this one). And found these pictures from 2011. Taken with my E3 and bigma lens in the La Brenne regional park, France.

Their exact location was a closely guarded secret, but we had general directions and you can hear bee eaters as they fly around hunting food.;)

This colony of bee-eaters had taken up nesting in a sand bank in a local store for (scrap) heavy plant - diggers, cranes etc. there was also an apple tree, which was nicer! But they did like sitting close by me on cranes!

I was in my car as a hide and could get no closer. My modern processor has helped to lift them a little for posting here. The combination of long lens and a bit of airborne haze tends to soften them, beyond modern expectations. I may have sharpened a little too much to counter - but it is fun to identify the bees and dragonflies in the beaks.





I spent an hour there so I have a few more!

Tordan58 6th October 2015 03:02 PM

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That first one is a very nice setting. Long distances and air distortion/haze is a pain as you write.

mstphoto 9th October 2015 08:51 AM

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I wouldn't normally use my E-M1 for wildlife shots but I was chuffed to little pieces to capture my first local Kingfisher yesterday.
They are like hen's teeth around here.
Certainly not the best shot and would probably have been binned if it was any other bird :D
A HUGE crop of this wee beauty in dark bushes.

E-M1 + LUMIX 100-300

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5737/...7c057a1a_o.jpgKingfisher by Mike Stephen, on Flickr

Olybirder 9th October 2015 09:34 AM

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Well done Mike. It's always exciting to see a Kingfisher, especially when it is your first local one. It is good to know that they are being seen further north than in the past.


Wee man 9th October 2015 09:43 AM

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Nice one lucky you.

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