Friday, 25 June 2010

Photographs taken on Friday 25th. June

Went to Dinas RSPB today - near Rhandirmwyn. Saw a treecreeper taking food to young. The 'nest' was in a rotten treestump. The light was very poor, so even with 1000ISO @ f8 I was down to 1/80sec. This is one shot of the bird out in the light:

The other good bird I managed there was this spotted flycatcher feeding young:

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Photograph taken on Thursday 17th. June

We are having some work done in our garden - involving heavy machinery like diggers etc. so I thought we would not have any birds or other wildlife for some time. I was wrong. We have had greater spotted woodpeckers - with young:

Blackbirds collecting worms:

Young house sparrows:

Even a Jay - but I failed to get a photograph!

BUT we saw a female red deer in the field at the back of our garden and I did get a photograph:

Monday, 14 June 2010

Photographs taken on Saturday 12th. June

Took a trip up to Carmarthenshire - these photographs were taken at Dynefwr Park near Llandeilo. The first is a song thrush:

Taken with my 500mm lens, ISO1000 f8@ 1/800sec.
The other photograph is of a redstart that kept coming back to this fence post, diving down into the undergrowth for insects and probably taking it back to its young:

Again taken with the same lens, ISO1000 f8@ 1/800sec.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Photographs taken on Thursday 10th. June

We decided to spend a couple of days in Cardiff. On the way to Cardiff we called in on Cosmeston Lakes. My first photograph from here is not of a bird - but a grey squirrel:

Taken with 500mm lens, ISO1000 f8@ 1/80sec.
The following photographs were all taken from the bridge between the lakes:
A coot feeding its young

A pair of Great Crested Grebe:

and a Cormorant:

Photographs taken on Thursday 3rd. June

I have spent many hours waiting and watching at the Kingfisher Hide in the Welsh Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran. Top of my wish list is a kingfisher - a couple of years ago a kingfisher was a fairly common sight but of recent years they have been much more uncommon. I was beginning to think that all the kingfishers had been killed off by the hard winter - BUT I saw this one - even if it was a fairly distant view:

Taken with my 500mm lens, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/2000sec.
Then on the way back to the car park I saw this (young?) white wagtail:

Taken with the same equipment, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/200sec.