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Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler?

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I spotted a quick flash of Olive colour darting between the bushes and then it made an appearance at the Waterfall. As you can see, the Waterfall is now running at full flow as I have now cleaned it and the filters.

Normally, I’d say this is a Chiffchaff as it’s more common and normally has darker legs than the almost identical Willow Warbler. However, the Chiffchaff has a very distinctive song (which is what gives it it’s name) that I have not heard in the garden. I have however, heard a song similar to a Willow Warbler.

I will keep an eye and ear out to see if I can confirm it’s identity. I’ll be very happy if it turns out to be a Willow Warbler as they have an RSPB Amber status due to decline.

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Chiffchaff - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ f/5.6, ISO400, 1/1000sec - {Flickr Link}
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This afternoon I’ve been hiding

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In the hide
In the hide
My current view as this afternoon, I’ve been sitting in the hide about 3 metres away from our bird feeding station. There’s been plenty of visitors so hopefully some good shots to share later.

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I was watching a Wren around the Pond this afternoon.

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A little Wren was jumping under the rocks and eating the bugs before deciding to jump into the Waterfall for a wash.

Normally, the Waterfall would be running a lot quicker, but as you can see, there’s a bit of blanket weed developed over the last week since the weather started to get warmer. I’m awaiting for some new filters to turn uo before cleaning it out. But the Wren doesn’t care, it was taking advantage of it.

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Get Ready - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/4.8, ISO1600, 1/1600sec - {Flickr Link}
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Update on our Resident Foxes

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A couple of updates on our resident Foxes! As you can see from this still shot, I’m now certain this is the Vixen and that she has recently given birth. You can clearly see her enlarged nipples on her underside. The last few clips on the video below clearly show them.

Lactating Vixen
Lactating Vixen

I’ve also noticed a pattern over the last week. I have been filming them every night and the same thing happens. Last night it happened twice. The Male Fox comes to feed and after a few visits, he’ll return and pickup as much food as he can fit in his mouth. Then between 7 and 10 minutes later, the Vixen shows up. I can only assume that the Male is taking food back to her to eat and then she comes and visits herself. Last night this pattern occurred twice.

Check out the video from last night and I’ve added the times of each clip so you’ll see what I mean. It was very gusty last night so the Foxes where a bit more jumpy than usual which is why the Male in the “2nd sitting” performs multiple grab and runs! Remember to switch to HD where possible.

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Land Rover Owner/Britpart 2016 Calendar

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As an owner and fanatic of the Land Rover Defender (you can often see me out in the countryside on Greenlanes) the Land Rover Owner/Britpart Calendar competition last year was a great challenge, I also had a use for the £200 prize to spend on Britpart goodies!

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January 2015 LRO/Britpart Calendar Image - {Flickr Link}
January 2015
January 2015

I never hid the fact that my winning entry was heavily photoshopped. The actual photo was taken in the day and the shot of the Milky Way was taken from my garden. Both images where merged as layers in Photoshop and then I set to work making it look like night time and adding the effect of the lights being turned on.
So, can I do it again this year? The entries are now open and I’ve already got the idea for a photo and this year I can hopefully do it without the help of Photoshop. I just need to find the perfect location.

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I got snapped taking snaps of the Eclipse

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It’s not very often I’m the subject of the photo!

You may think I’m being a bit stupid here, looking straight at the Eclipse through the camera. However, as I had 2 filters (ND8 and Circular Polariser) attached and also had polaroid lenses in my sunglasses, it was quite dark coming through.

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Craig photographing the Eclipse.
Craig photographing the Eclipse.
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