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Always find it hard to turn down a good Moon

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When the Moon is shining through the Living Room window and the skies are clear, I struggle to turn down the opportunity to shoot the Moon. Tonight, I was going to get some Moon and Cloud shots, but it’s so windy that by the time I grabbed the Camera and Tripod, the clouds had blown away, so settled for a close up. It was full a couple of days ago, so is currently Waning Gibbous at 98%.

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Waning Gibbous - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/8, ISO100, 1/80sec - {Flickr Link}

The Vixen in Full Colour

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After putting the food out last night, I left the garden flood lights on and used my Land Rover as a hide. I wasn’t sure if she’d come with the lights on, but after waiting for about half an hour she showed up.

Even with the lights on, it’s very dark for a camera which meant a very high ISO of 3200. Even so, the shutter speed was only 1/20 second which means she had to be very still at the time of the photograph.

This is the best one I managed to get which I’m pretty happy with. It’s a bit “noisy” due to the high ISO, but still good enough.

I have the option of setting up a remote flash to light the scene, but I’m not a fan of this as I’m sure she won’t appreciate it. It worked for the Mouse shot a few weeks ago but pretty sure it would scare the Fox away and the last thing I want to do is spook her enough that she stops coming.

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Vixen - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ f/2.8, ISO3200, 1/20sec - {Flickr Link}

The Vixen Feeding in the Garden

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Got some great captures of the Vixen eating in the garden last night, here is one of them.

Still no sign of the Male and it’s been a couple of weeks now. It could just be that this isn’t his patch now that the Vixen is leaving the Den and he’s off wandering other areas, of course, it could be worse than that, but I’ll stay positive that he’s still around.

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Blackbird against a White Moon

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The Moon was great at Sunset tonight and I was trying to use the last of the light before it went behind some clouds to photograph the House Martins and Swallows that have arrived for the summer.

I noticed a Blackbird sitting on the electricity cable singing away and a couple of steps sideways put the awesome moon this evening right behind him.

The final photo is made from 2 photos taken from the same place, but with different apertures to ensure both the Blackbird and Moon were in focus, they were then merged together in Photoshop. This is where Photoshop is not cheating, it simply gives you the tool to create what the camera cannot capture which is the same view your eyes are seeing. I couldn’t decide if I like the Landscape or Portrait crop, so have included both.

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Blackbird Singing - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 - {Flickr Link}
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I fed them what they wanted and they came!

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I spotted a Goldfinch collecting small twigs in the field next door and have always wanted to get up close and photograph them so after hearing their calls for a few days I went and bought a Nyger Seed Feeder (Goldfinches love Nyger Seed) and put it with the rest of the Bird Feeders. There are now quite a few Goldfinches coming to the garden to feed.

I set up my hide late this afternoon and captured many shots, this is just one of them.

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Goldfinch - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ f/5.6, ISO200, 1/800sec - {Flickr Link}

Aha! That’s the noise I’ve been waiting for!

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You might remember this photo from a short while ago where I thought it was a Chiffchaff, but as I’d never heard it’s distinctive “Chiffchaff” song I was in debate whether it was it’s almost identical Willow Warbler.

Early this morning, not too long after sunrise, I finally heard, for the first time that easily identifiable call of the Chiffchaff.

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Chiffchaff - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ f/5.6, ISO400, 1/1000sec - {Flickr Link}

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