Moon is looking good tonight

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I’ve always been fascinated by the Moon, I think it’s something to do with knowing I’ll never get to go there but it’s something I can see and doesn’t really seem that far away.

Tonight it’s quite low in the sky and perfectly lit showing it’s huge craters. The fact that on a good night, we can see these craters with the naked human eye just begs belief on how vast they must be.

With a full moon just a few days ago, the current Moon Phase for tonight is Waning Gibbous at 94.4% illumination. Waning Gibbous is the term given to the Moon when it’s decreasing in illumination buy not enough to be a crescent (in other words, fading from Full Moon). Gibbous actually means Humped-Backed. For more information about the Moon Phases, check out http://fullmoonphases.com/.

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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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Bad Light doesn’t always stop play

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It’s been a pretty bad weekend for photography, a lot of the weekend was darker than the Eclipse last week. However, in the break between the heavy rain today, I was determined to get out and photograph some of the birds in the garden even though the light was pretty bad.

I’m quite happy with the results below which just goes to show, that bad light doesn’t really have to stop play. OK, they are not pin sharp and would never win any competitions, but it doesn’t matter if you’re out enjoying the hobby and the reason you do it. Some of the photos are quite high ISO too and the noise is quite well contained for a Crop Sensor Camera.

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Puffed Up Blue Tit - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC14EII @ 500mm, f/8, ISO1800, 1/250
Puffed Up Blue Tit – D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC14EII @ 500mm, f/8, ISO1800, 1/250
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