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(Not so) Feral Kitten

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Living in an area with a lot of farms always guarantees Feral Cats and this adorable Tortoise Shell Kitten has turned up. Whilst I was out in the garden photographing (well, trying to) House Martins, she decided to play a bit of hide and seek.

She’s very quickly turned not so Feral so we will be looking to re-home her once we’ve neutered her. In the meantime, I’m certainly having fun playing with her which will mean she’ll be used to human contact.

For the techie-heads, you’ll probably be thinking “Strange exposure that” and you’d be right. This was just a chance photo as the camera was set to Shutter Priority with a speed fixed at 1/2000 and Auto-ISO turned on due to photographing the birds. Although, it was a good test of a high(ish) ISO shot from the D810 and I’m pleased with the lack of noise.

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You can't see me! - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/2.8, ISO1250, 1/2000sec - {Flickr Link}

Buzzard in the early evening

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I was out in the garden giving my new tool a try, yes I’ve finally gone Full Frame with the Nikon D810, and a Buzzard landed on one of the Oak Trees in the field opposite.

Thank you Mr. Buzzard for offering to model whilst I try out the new camera!

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Early Evening Buzzard - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/8, ISO400, 1/2000sec - {Flickr Link}

Last night’s “Blue Moon”

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There was a lot of mention of the “Blue Moon” and I think a lot of people were expecting something special…… However, a Blue Moon is simply the 2nd Full Moon in one calendar month, which is quite rare, hence the term “Once in a Blue Moon”.

I didn’t want to get the usual close up shot but wanted to frame it with something else. Using Sundroid (Android App for tracking the Moon and Sun) I worked out it would be rising from behind a ridge in the distance. For those that know, the Church is in Hanbury, Staffordshire.

Using my 80-400mm at 250mm, the shot was framed quite nice. However, I had to take 2 shots in succession of the same scene with different exposures. One to capture the landscape (with a slow shutter) and one to capture the detail in the Moon (faster shutter), then these 2 images have been merged in Photoshop.

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Blue Moon Rising - D7100, AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 250mm - {Flickr Link}

Very clear and clean sky tonight gave a real crisp Moon

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It’s not quite full, it’s 99% (Waxing Gibbous) and will be full tomorrow night, but the sky was so clear and with clean air that the view of the Moon was fantastic. The detail that has come out in this photo is great.

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99% Waxing Gibbous - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/8, ISO100, 1/50sec - {Flickr Link}

Mistle Thrush Success!

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Remember a while back I managed to photograph a pair of Mistle Thrushes building a nest in one of our Oak Trees?

Well, after building it, they didn’t actually use it and have seen nothing of them since.

However, this evening I spotted this young Mistle Thrush in the garden!

Photos aren’t great as I quickly grabbed the camera and got what I could, but I’ll keep an eye out for it and take some more.

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Young Mistle Thrush - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/6.3, ISO400, 1/640sec
Young Mistle Thrush – D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/6.3, ISO400, 1/640sec
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Vixen, Cub and the Other One

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Here is some footage from Wednesday evening of the Vixen with her Cub and you’ll also notice right at the start another Fox in the background which is probably the other one we saw a few days ago.

Again, sorry for the odd crackling on the footage but it’s yet another Bushnell Camera to be returned, I’m now on the 4th camera since March and still getting issues. I also don’t think the quality is as good as the other 3 I’ve had to return.

Once this current bad weather passes, I’m going to attempt to get some colour video from my D7100 from within my hide.

{Remember to watch in HD if possible}


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