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Wrong Choice Of Location This Morning

Ducks Arse! - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC-20E III @ 600mm, f/8, ISO560, 1/500sec
Ducks Arse! – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC-20E III @ 600mm, f/8, ISO560, 1/500sec
This photo sums up my bad choice of location this morning (and there’s heavy editing just to remove the thick fog!). Last night I checked the weather forecast and it was showing as clear skies and sunny. So I packed my bag ready, got up at 5:45am and made the 40 minute trip to the hide at Aqualete Mere near Newport in Shropshire.

As soon as I got to Stafford, I hit a thick covering of Fog that just made bird photography impossible. Kingfishers, Warblers, Wrens and various Ducks and Geese were all in abundance, but no photos worthy of sharing. Still, it was good to sit there and watch the Kingfisher coming and going even if it did look black and white.

On the drive back, within 5 miles of leaving, glorious blue skies, certainly was the wrong location but the forecast (as it’s been for a while) was wrong.

Back At Llyn Tegid


I’ve recently come back from another few days at Llyn Tegid (AKA Lake Bala) and was lucky enough to have a clear night on Thursday night. As last time, the Milky Way was very visible to the naked eye which means a DSLR would have a great view!

Here’s a couple of shots I got. It’s a shame the cloud started to come back in on the shot over the lake but didn’t spoil it too much. Night photography is still very much a learning exercise for me and I’ve got a little more practice before I get these perfect.

The first shot, over the lake, you can almost make out the spiral shape of Andromeda, its the bright spot near the top right.

On the 2nd shot (the one above the tree) you can see a shooting star and 2 satellites. The shooting star and one of the satellites is easy to see. The 2nd satellite takes a little finding.

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Milky Way Over Lake Tegid
Milky Way over Llyn Tegid – D810, AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm, f/2.8, ISO3200, 15sec – {Flickr Link}

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Aerial Footage of a local Fox

Fox from the Phantom
Fox from the Phantom
I was out doing some test flights of my new DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone this afternoon, flying over the fields behind the house when I noticed some movement on the ground. At first, I thought it was one of our Cats, but then I saw the big bushy tail so I descended to get a better view.

At first, the Fox was a bit scared but it was due to the drone flying at full speed so was quite noisy, so after slowing right down it didn’t seem that bothered that I was following it around.

As the video progresses, I get a bit closer with a great tracking shot near the end.

Early days and I’ve a lot to learn with both flying and capturing footage, but looking forward to more photos and videos from this great piece of equipment.


Housemartin in Flight


Anyone who has tried photographing Housemartins, Swallows and Swifts in flight will know how difficult they are to photograph. They change direction so quickly and are very hard to predict.

So you can imagine how chuffed I was to capture this one just about to return to the one of the nest on the back of the house.

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Housemartin on final approach
Housemartin on final approach – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO1000, 1/1250sec – {Flickr Link}

More Bird Photos From The Garden


The sun came back out and so did the camera! There was a bit of haze high in the sky which was creating a really nice diffused light so I went back out and sat in the pop-up hide for an hour.

Apart from the usual House Sparrows and Blue Tit, a Nuthatch turned up along with another Starling.

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Male House Sparrow
Male House Sparrow – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO640, 1/500sec – {Flickr Link}
Nuthatch – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO450, 1/500sec – {Flickr Link}
Blue Tit
Blue Tit – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO125, 1/500sec – {Flickr Link}
Starling – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO180, 1/500sec – {Flickr Link}
House Sparrow
House Sparrow – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO250, 1/500sec – {Flickr Link}

Sparrow in Flight


For about 10 minutes today, the large flock House Sparrows we have in the garden were raiding the Suet Feeder like a bunch of looters. So I thought I’d try and get a shot of one flying into land. This female is the best of the shots coming into land feet first.

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Landing Gear Out - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5 ISO1600, 1/2000sec - {Flickr Link}

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