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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

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Nice shot of one of the winter favourites Peter. There are some Redwings here already but I haven't seen any yet. I did find a single Fieldfare yesterday in the compound at the bottom of the large wind turbine.

I did go out for an hour today but wish I hadn't bothered. It was bitterly cold and windy and the spray was coming over the sea wall, so I got covered with salt. I didn't see any birds apart from a few gulls and crows and to cap it all I might have been caught by a speed camera van on the way there. What is the date today? Oh yes the 13th.

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For my part in that I apologise. But you'll be alright with the camera, you surely keep to the speed limit
I hope I will be all right. I was doing between 30-35 mph and a friend of mine was 'done' for doing 34 mph a couple of weeks ago. I hope I don't receive a letter in the post in the next fortnight.

I went out last week in similar conditions to today but slightly less windy. This shot of a Kestrel dropping onto its prey on Lowestoft North Denes was the only frame which I came home with. I wasn't sure whether I should post it or not but I might as well get something out of a poor day.




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Just tidying up the hard drive. This may cheer up the wet and windy autumn blues.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

What an excellent, detailed shot of a Chaffinch, Peter. They are very handsome and rather underrated birds and I am always surprised when I notice the green patch on the back. I think I will have to practise my raw development in Lightroom – I never get images to look that good, although it could be the way I shoot them in the first place.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Red Kite enjoying yesterday morning


share the space - there were half a dozen of these along the footpath from one end of town to the other. Most were by each lock and haven't quite lasted a week which is a shame - I think they are fun



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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

That is a cracking shot of a Red Kite, Barrie. It looks superb against the deep blue sky. I googled 'Share the Space' to see what it is about and it seems to be a campaign to encourage considerate use of the towpath for the benefit of all users. Sounds good.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

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Just tidying up the hard drive. This may cheer up the wet and windy autumn blues.

Nice fluffy Chaffinch, many good elements in this picture.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Male Dark-eyed Junco



A summer visitor for us, we've got flocks around at the moment, birds that bred further north on their way south for the winter.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

I went out yesterday to see if I could find any more Goldcrests and came across scores of them in the Tamarisk bushes in the Birdseye car park! They were flitting about in the bushes and flying across in front of my legs. Unfortunately it was raining and, while the E-M1 is weatherproof, the 75-300 is not. Eventually I gave in and took the camera out of its holster. I held it under my coat and whipped it out to take some shots. Needless to say, this didn't work very well with such quick birds.

When I got home and uploaded the files I was shocked to see that seven frames were just various shades of grey with no detail. I panicked, suspecting a camera problem, but then I realised that I must have accidentally released the shutter when it was under my coat. At least I hope that is the answer.







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I came across scores of them in the Birdseye car park! ... I held it under my coat and whipped it out to take some shots.
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That explains the local news reports of a flasher in the local car park!

But seriously Ron, a nice shot and hopefully a chance to go out and get some more when it is sunny.

I very often take pictures of the floor when I walk along. Not tried the mac shot yet...!
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Thanks Peter. I think I could have worded that a bit better. A little while ago I put my coat on indoors and took a few shots with the camera under it. I think I can safely say that is what happened. Phew!

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

There is a really nice site near Tring which has a huge population of small blue butterflies and also a number of larks. It is great fun trying to get them in action. I have a number of attempts but these two pictures are my favourites..

Meadow Lark


Lark Rising


EM5 and 100-300 panasonic - neither of which usually do action that well. So just a lucky shot.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

No pictures but just some news.

I had a call this lunchtime from a friend in Hertfordshire. He said he was in the garden yesterday evening when a huge flock of 'hundreds' of Redwings flew over. he said you could hear them before even looking up as they have a high pitched contact call going on.

So who will be first to post trees being stripped of berries by Redwings? I am going to Scotland for a few days so it won't be me. But I hope to see them when I get back - here first I hope.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

These birds try to noisily get control of territory, preferably a large tree with good supply of nectar. Open spaces may be used for aerial scraps; these can take place over suburban roads just in front of one's car!

Tui in full voice (warbles, whistles, clicks and/or graunches):
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