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Wrong Choice Of Location This Morning

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Ducks Arse! - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC-20E III @ 600mm, f/8, ISO560, 1/500sec
Ducks Arse! – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC-20E III @ 600mm, f/8, ISO560, 1/500sec
This photo sums up my bad choice of location this morning (and there’s heavy editing just to remove the thick fog!). Last night I checked the weather forecast and it was showing as clear skies and sunny. So I packed my bag ready, got up at 5:45am and made the 40 minute trip to the hide at Aqualete Mere near Newport in Shropshire.

As soon as I got to Stafford, I hit a thick covering of Fog that just made bird photography impossible. Kingfishers, Warblers, Wrens and various Ducks and Geese were all in abundance, but no photos worthy of sharing. Still, it was good to sit there and watch the Kingfisher coming and going even if it did look black and white.

On the drive back, within 5 miles of leaving, glorious blue skies, certainly was the wrong location but the forecast (as it’s been for a while) was wrong.

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As seen on CNET

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Photography is a form of art and whether you’re a Professional taking photos to pay the bills or an Amateur wanting to satisfy your hobby it’s always an amazing feeling when people like your work.

So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when Eric Mack, contributer to the giant media website CNET, asked me if he could use my Perseids Meteor photo in a gallery he was creating.

The photo, showcased with 9 other photographers shots, can be see at www.cnet.com/pictures/dazzling-shots-of-the-2015-perseid-meteor-shower-pictures/, my photo is image 5.

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Mistle Thrushes are moving in.

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I had a message from Emma (my better half) today as she’d spotted a new bird in the garden we had not seen before. We soon identified it as a Mistle Thrush, a bird that is common, but on the RSPB Amber Status due to decline in gardens (RSPB – Mistle Thrush).

So imagine our surprise when I noticed that a pair is building a nest in our old Oak Tree. I watched them for a while and noticed the female would go off gathering with the male following, but staying perched high on lookout as if he was guarding her.

Here’s a few quick shots I managed to get, I look forward to getting more photos of them.

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Moss for the Nest - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ f/4, ISO125, 1/1000sec - {Flickr Link}
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A different Fox came, is it finally the missing Male?

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It’s not a simple answer! I don’t know. He only showed up for a fraction of a second before running off. The one thing that really identified the Male was that his tail was very short and busy. As he didn’t come into the shot fully, I can’t make out his tail. He has quite a thick coat which the Male certainly did.

However, as you can see from the photos, they are 2 different Foxes, the 2nd photo is the Vixen. These two shots were only 30 seconds apart too, so they were together, which is unusual for Foxes.

It’s too big to be one of the young, so I can only hope this is finally proof that the Male is around and well.

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Vixen
Vixen
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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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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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