Saturday, 4 February 2017

ODDS 'N' SODS

I've not allowed poor light and miserable weather deter me from venturing out with the camera. The way I see it if the camera boosts great usability at high iso's then I'd be a fool not to test the claim.
Sadly finding much of interest has been trickier. 
Summer Leys no longer appears to be the wintering congregation spot for wintering wildfowl with more lakes and habitats spreading along the Nene Valley wildfowl seems to be more thinly spread out. Great White Egrets seem to be regular but often distant. Sadly no Golden Plover of any serious numbers frequent the reserve this winter. The sight of thousands circling the reserve a distant memory, where exactly are all these Golden Plover breeding successfully on Grouse Moors?
Plenty of Water Rail on the reserve though. 

Also from the reserve, a Goldcrest, Wren and a Gadwall 



Waxwings are still dropping in at several sites around Northamptonshire. Sadly always whilst I'm at work. One flock about 1/2 mile from home I heard about too late but one at Sywell about 2 to 3 mile away remained. 
So ignoring the fact Chelsea were playing Arsenal I ventured out. The colour ringed bird is well documented on other blogs so won't bore you with were it was rung etc.  Suffice to say it's gone from Aberdeen, Nottingham and now Northants is interesting. 



Got to watch them trying to catch insects on the wing but messed up them shots, got a 50/50 flight shot with 'berry' in mouth but room for improvement.

Monday, 2 January 2017

WAXWINGS

Well it's a New Year but same ol'Doug cursed. The injectors and exhaust temperature sensor failed leaving my car in 'limp home mode' as I hit Peterborough on my way to Norfolk. Bit fortunate with pulling into Peterborough Services, unlucky at 5am the rescue hotline on the insurance didn't open until 8am,which left me delivering some hefty abuse when they did open at 8am!!!
I went into petrol station to inform them I'd be parked for a while and decided to dip on the coffee, probably spill all it over me anyway.
Went ape shit at the place that sold me the car, look if you ever by a car second hand from a dealer, you've now got the law (finally) on your side. Just Google "used car law October 2015" basically you have 30 days to inform garage of the faults, give them 7 days to respond/tell you what they plan to do, if not happy you can demand a full refund as long as you do it within 30 days, as extra care use your debit/credit card because if the garage try treating you like a idiot you can do chargeback. That's basically where I am at the moment.
Went wading through mud to a Shortie sight and dipped. On the trudge back to the car bumped into a fellow greyhound owner who delighted in telling me how often she had seen the shortie but pointed out where she had also seen it (on the old tip). So some positives.

So I went off to the village of Roade today to photograph the Waxwings that had turned up, along with all the other birders from the county and outside the county. Got to catch up with plenty of birders I hadn't seen for a while.
Though I think Mr.Z was worried I might pass my jinx onto him lol.
Probably not the best place to photograph them on: at the side of the very busy A508 dodging HGV's and other motorists, though lovely blue skies had to deal with side lighting for the best part, but it was great seeing these beauties again. The berries are all but gone so I expect to see the flock move on soon.
Got to say I'm loving the this camera and the joy of not having to worry about the auto focus. Tried some flight shots but underexposed by way to much but it locked on and sharp as a tack.
Best in terms of flight shots really was more of a leap shot lol. The only one correctly exposed (me stupid)
Got plenty of portraits to go through though as a bonus.


Saturday, 24 December 2016

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Since it's Christmas Eve, and not even a mouse is stirring, the greyhounds ate them, this will obviously be my last post until after Christmas.
I've been out with my new toy in less than favourable light again. I don't believe blaming light is going to be a reasonable excuse nor more.
I nipped down to Summer Leys as the previous afternoon I'd spotted a Peregrine and a Pintail that I fancied photographing.
All images taken today were at an ISO rating of 2000 and the 500mm at f4.
I'm not convinced I've got the colour and tones quite right as I'm still getting to grips with that side of things.
First up and almost a full frame was a Shoveler
A Great White Egret was on the far side of the reserve and was hoping it would venture over towards the scrape, it didn't but a very obliging Kestrel gave me a chance to really give the autofocus a workout.

I've got to admit it was very quiet on the reserve...so I filled my boots lol

Not all pin sharp but I'm surprised the camera stayed locked unlike the previous mk3. The reed bed which was blowing around in the wind would've befuddled the mk3 autofocus. The less then sharp images were down to operator error. Out of a sequence of 17 images 14 keepers is I think quite good.

Have a good Christmas and hopefully if it doesn't rain between now and new year I should have something better and in good light to show you.