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(Birthday) Morning Dog Walk: A New Bird Spot For Me!

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

First of all, a huge Happy 2nd Birthday to my sidekick Wally! We don’t know his actual birthday as of course, we rescued him from the dual-carriageway in Faro. However, we counted back 8 months which is what the vet approximated his age to be when we took him in! Without Wally, I probably wouldn’t get up and about every morning and spot some of the things I do and this morning was a new spot for me, read on……

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Happy 2nd Birthday to this crazy fool!

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The Importance Of Clean Equipment

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As you may have read in previous posts, I have recently been having an issue with my Nikon AF-S 80-400mm lens. It was having trouble locking on focus and keeping locked on with Continuous Auto Focus. It would “hunt” making a terrible mechanical noise. I thought it was time to be sent off for a motor service.

I’m not actually sure what fixed the issue, but a full clean of both front and rear elements, a clean of the electrical contacts (which is what I believe to have been the problem) on the lens, a blow with my Giotto’s Rocket Blower and also a blow on the camera mirror itself and as you can see from yet another Wally action shot that everything is back as it should. Remember, for all the electronic wizardry such as Auto Focus and Metering, the camera needs a clear view of the reflected light.

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Super Dog!
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Wally Enjoying The Winter Sun

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We took an extended walk today and Wally certainly was full of life in the January sun! It was later than our usual morning walk and therefore not a great deal of wildlife about so Wally became the subject (again!).

Don’t forget that I have 15% discount off a Dogs-In-Nature photo shoot until the end of January, this includes Vouchers and any booking made before the end of the month even if the date is after.

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Wally Enjoying The Algarve Winter Sun
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Morning Dog Walk: Wally Splashing Around

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Now that the river is flowing normally, Wally is loving splashing around on his daily visit. Of course, I can’t refuse snapping a few pics. Even though he’ll be 2 years old in March, he often still looks like a Puppy!

I love the way the sun was lighting him side-on and especially like how the sun lit all the water droplets different colours.

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Wally Splashing Around In The River
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