Sunday, 17 April 2016

Jackdaw visitor


Now, none of your Victorian superstitions, but this beautiful Jackdaw came down the chimney this afternoon and into the sitting room. It was surprisingly relaxed, so I grabbed a couple of shots before (in the nicest possible way) showing it the door.


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Reflections on the nature of aggression


Blue Tits are seemingly birds of very little brain. They are pairing up to reproduce at this time of the year and become aggressive beyond their diminutive size. One regularly comes to the feeder outside my office and then attacks its reflection in the window. Yesterday it did the same to its reflection in the driver's side wing mirror on the car as I pulled into the drive. Here's a shot from one of this morning's assaults...

Canon 1Ds MkIII, Canon 24-70mm IS L lens, 1/640th sec, f/7.1, ISO 640, focal length: 30mm, remote control shutter

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Common Toads

A pair of Common Toads photographed on this morning's dog walk. Toads are among my favourite subjects – they tend to freeze when approached, which makes capturing shots of them much easier, and their skin is full of character and detail the camera loves.  
Canon 1Ds Mk III, Canon 100mm fixed macro lens, 1/200th sec, f/5.6, ISO 640

Canon 1Ds Mk III, Canon 100mm fixed macro lens, 1/500th sec, f/6.3, ISO 640

Canon 1Ds Mk III, Canon 100mm fixed macro lens, 1/500th sec, f/9, ISO 640

Friday, 1 April 2016

Little Owl

Another (captive) Little Owl from a series taken on the farm.

Canon 1Ds Mk III, Canon 100-400mm IS L lens, 1/60th sec, f/8, ISO 400, focal length: 400mm

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Owl portraits

A travelling petting zoo visited the farm today as part of the Easter celebrations. I took the opportunity to get a couple of portraits of these exquisite owls. Both the Tawny and the Little Owl took to their roles as models beautifully and the ambient light worked magically.

Canon 1Ds Mk III, Canon 100-400mm IS L lens, 1/160th sec, f/8, ISO 400, focal length: 400mm

Canon 1Ds Mk III, Canon 100-400mm IS L lens, 1/160th sec, f/8, ISO 400, focal length: 400mm

Canon 1Ds Mk III, Canon 100-400mm IS L lens, 1/80th sec, f/8, ISO 400, focal length: 400mm

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

On the main stage...

This chap was very much on song this morning. The Blue Tit's repertoire may be limited, but what it lacked in variety it more than made up for in volume and stamina.

Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS L lens, 1/320th sec, f/10, ISO 500, focal length: 400mm

Partridge's early morning slot

Quick shot of a French Partridge on the wall outside my office window first thing this morning. The early morning light works well against the dark background.

Canon 1Ds MkIII, Canon 100-400mm IS L lens, 1/500th sec, f/5.6, ISO 500, focal length: 400mm

Monday, 21 March 2016

On the feeder now...

On the feeders this afternoon, when it was much greyer than appears here (the red brick of a neighbouring farm building is casting a hue over the background).

Canon 1Ds MkIII, Canon 100-400mm IS L lens, 1/160th sec, f/10, ISO 640, focal length: 400mm

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

A background that proved conducive to a simple but engaging portrait.

Canon 1Ds Mk III, Canon 100-400mm IS L Lens, 1/1,250th sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, focal length: 400mm
Canon 1Ds Mk III, Canon 100-400mm IS L Lens, 1/1,250th sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, focal length: 400mm

Coal Tit in flight

A nice vibe, I think, to this simple shot of a Coal Tit making off with its take-away from the feeding station.

Canon 1Ds MkIII, Canon 100-400mm IS L lens, 1/3,200th sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, focal length: 250mm