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Finally started the Reflection Pool

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Today, I finally got to work on getting the Reflection Pool erected. The base (salvaged from an old Solar Water Heater) is in place. I’m not so sure it is quite long enough so may have to extend it.

Full blog post from start to finish when it’s complete.


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Quadpod!

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Living in the northern hills of the Algarve has many dirt tracks, some of which are actually classed as main roads, some others you wouldn’t attempt to drive a car up. Therefore, when we first arrived here I was determined to invest in a Quad to get around the terrain. I opted for a CanAm Outlander Max which has the added benefit of 4×4 when the going gets really tough.

It enables me to get to some areas that would otherwise be a day-long trek. Carrying the 500mm lens and camera on the Quad has been tricky and therefore I am now looking at ways to customise it to carry equipment.

Today, I modified the front rack so that I can attach my Lensmaster RH-2 Gimbal (or any other tripod mounted device) to it. Originally, I was hoping to also carry the lens and camera on the Gimbal attached but I think I’m asking for trouble. So my next task is to make a custom rear box to fit the camera and 500 lens in securely whilst driving. The Gimbal will remain on the front rack whilst driving and I can then also use the Quad as my tripod, or rather Quadpod!

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Quadpod

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New Kingfisher Perch Is Ready

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I’ve installed a new Perch in a perfect diving spot for the Kingfishers and also placed a Trail Cam to monitor it for any activity.

Hopefully, within the next few days we’ll see some Kingfishers landing on it.

Kingfisher Perch with Trail Cam

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Bodge Job Repair To My Trail Cam

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A few years ago, I had a lot of problems with Bushnell Trail Cameras, which resulted in many being sent back under warranty. The current one I have is a few years old now but still a good performer, the model number 119740 (NatureView Cam HD Max Live View).

However, I still feel the build quality is a little “cheap” on these cameras and a few days ago, the strap brackets snapped, these are made from quite thin plastic. So this morning, a bit of engineering time in the workshop and have bonded some metal brackets to the back. Probably stronger than the original ones too!

Bodge Job

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My 500mm F/4 Is Finally Back From Nikon!

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Almost 4 months ago, disaster struck when the tripod collar snapped on my Nikon 500mm f/4, my main weapon for my wildlife photography (see post here).

Once I found out how to get it to Nikon from Portugal, it eventually made it´s way to Nikon´s service centre in Barcelona where it has seemed to take a lifetime to return.

Yesterday, I had the call from FNAC (Electronics shop and Nikon dealer) that it was ready for collection!

As it’s been serviced, I’m just performing an Auto Focus Fine Tune using Reikan FoCal and good to go! First stop, to try and find the Short Eared Owl I spotted locally.

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Calibrating the AF Fine Tune with Reikan FoCal

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How I Built My Simple DIY Photography Hide

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A few weeks ago, my pop-up hide that I placed at the Oasis got blown away by very strong winds during a storm. Luckily it got caught up on a fence about 50 meters away so I was able to recover it.

I didn’t put it back in place and decided that I would build a more permanent solution. Yesterday afternoon, I got to work on making a simple and cheap hide. All of the materials where left overs from the previous owners of our house, so actually cost nothing to make.

I used fence posts as the supports for the hide, using an old garden chair to gauge the size.

Fence Posts for Supports

Next I cut to size some pieces of timber to hold the structure together. These are also used to staple the outer material later.

Structure complete

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