Thursday, 31 May 2012

A day on Skomer Island

The easiest bird to photograph on the island is the puffin - as long as you are not trying to photograph it in flight. Then it becomes the most difficult - I did not manage one decent flight shot of a puffin on this occasion:

All taken with my Canon 400mm f5.6  lens - the 500 with tripod was too heavy to carry all day. ISO1000 f8 @ 1/2500sec.

The other 'easy' birds are the razorbills & guillemots just off the landing stage at Skomer:

The one flight image I managed was of a curlew:

The image below of a pair of swallows was taken at Martin's Haven - the road leading down to the slipway for the boat to Skomer:

 After our day in Skomer we called back in Marloes Mere to see if we could find the Glossy Ibis but all I managed was this image of a House Sparrow:

The more I look at it the more I think that I should crop off part of the left side of the image and give more space on the right - so that the sparrow is looking in on the image not out! It is cropped so I do have the image on the right.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Nice little wren

Walking along the path from the car park (at the Teifi Marshes Reserve) towards Cardigan we saw this little wren in the hedge:

Taken with 500mm lens with 1.4 extender, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/320sec. - hand held!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Teifi Marshes reserve on Wed. 9th. May

Heavy rain promised so went for a walk at about 10 in the morning. Did not see much from the hides but warblers active in the reeds alongside the path. Took a photograph of this sedge warbler:

Taken with 500mm lens & 1.4 extender, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/1250sec.

Also saw this reed warbler:

Same kit & settings except that it was f8 @ 1/500sec. - hand held.