Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler?

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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Garden Birds

Spent some time in the Hide yesterday in the garden. Saw an abundance of birds including Gold Finches, Great Tits, Long Tailed Tits, House Sparrows, Blue Tits, Black Birds and even a visit from some Pheasants.

However, not all the ones actually came to the feeding area, as they were busy collecting twigs for nests so I didn’t manage to photograph everything.

Here is some of the ones I did manage to snap though. All shot using Aperture Priority with Auto-ISO configured with a minimum shutter speed of 1/1000sec.

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Dunnock - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ f/4.5, ISO400, 1/1000sec - {Flickr Link}
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This afternoon I’ve been hiding

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.

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

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.

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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A sort of failed river walk today

Decided to go for a walk along a the River Dove this evening in open countryside in the hope that there would be something interesting along the river banks during the Golden Hour, but all I found was water and mud.

So heading back I saw a silhouetted figure of a Rook sitting on top of an old dead tree, so thought it would make a nice high contrast black and white photo. Also did a couple of Lens Compression Sunsets. I couldn’t decide which one of the 2 I liked most, so have shared them both.

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Contrast Rook - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/5.6, ISO320, 1/500 - {Flickr Link}
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