Friday, 21 May 2010

Photograph taken on Thursday 20th. May

Lunch time we went down to Patch near Gwbert for a lunch on the 'beach'. There were very few birds about but decided to walk around the spit anyway. I saw this bird hiding in the rocks near the sea. This is the best of the photographs that I managed:

Taken with Canon 500mm lens, ISO1000, f8 @ 1/2000sec. There must have been several wheatears along the beach as I took several shots from different locations and some of them had a much lighter belly than this one.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Photograph taken on Sunday 16th. May

While waiting patiently for a kingfisher at the Kingfisher hide at the Welsh Wildlife Cenre, Cilgerran this male Sparrowhawk perched on 'our' tree. In fact it came twice to the tree in the 2 hours or so that we were there. The grey heron was back there again performing and there were several reed warblers and sedge warblers singing.

Taken with 500mm lens, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/4000sec.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Photographs taken on Thursday 13th. May

Managed to get away to visit Slimbridge WWT reserve. The weather was good - if a bit cold. Disappointed not to get a good picture of a kingfisher - just saw a quick flash of a flypast. The two good views were of a little egret catching a fish:

Taken using my 500mm lens, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/4000sec.

And a Common Sandpiper:

Using the same equipment and settings, f8 @ 1/3200sec.

Photograph taken on Saturday 8th. May

Another photograph of the Grey Heron at the Kingfisher hide! This time I managed a shot in flight:

Taken with the Canon 500mm f4 lens, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/400sec.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Photograph taken on Thursday 6th. May

Back at the kingfisher hide the grey heron is back performing. Nice to see him / her again. The flight shots were not particularly sharp so the best one was this one of the heron perching on the tree we put up there to replace the one that was cut down.

Taken with 500mm lens, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/800sec.

Photograph taken on Sunday 2nd. May

Just noticed that it's May already and I have not shown any photographs taken at my favourite spot - the Kingfisher hide at the Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran. This then is a photograph of a proud female mallard with her 6 ducklings:

Taken with 500mm lens, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/4000sec.
I also had some distant views of two long tailed tits and a sedge warbler in the reeds to the right of the hide.

Photograph taken on Thursday 22nd. April

Went up to see the Dyfi Osprey Project but unfortunately no osprey around on that day, though up to 6 osprey had been see over the previous week. Called in Ynyshir RSPB and had a short walk round. Saw some pied flycatchers inspecting a bird box. Took this photograph:

Taken using my Canon 500mm lens, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/1000sec.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Photograph taken on Friday 16th. April

Visited Llanelli WWT. Did not find much to photograph - the only one worth showing is a shot of some black headed gulls collecting material to make a nest:

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Photographs taken on Tuesday 13th. April

I have purchased a hide (standard C30 hide) from Wildlife Watching Supplies - this was my first chance to try it out. I set it up in our garden to try and get flight shots of birds flying from one of the bushes onto a feeder. My best effort was:

This was taken with the 500mm lens, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/1600sec. Which shows that 1/1600sec is not fast enough to freeze the wings of a goldfinch!

The other shots I managed was taken on the log that I have put in the garden - drilled some holes and filled them up with peanut butter. This is a photograph of a male greater spotted woodpecker:

Again with the 500mm lens ISO1000 f8@ 1/500sec.

And a bluetit on the same log:

Same lens ISO1000 f8 @ 1/800sec.