Shortie In Flight (plus Video footage)

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I decided to have another look through some of my rejected photos of the Short Eared Owls I’ve recently been getting up early for. None of them will make my Flickr Album but even though this shot is both a bit boring (just a side on-shot) and quality isn’t great, I love the sunrise colours of the whole scene so thought I’d share.

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In Flight - D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 with TC-14III @ 700mm, f/5.6, ISO1600, 1/1000sec
In Flight – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 with TC-14III @ 700mm, f/5.6, ISO1600, 1/1000sec

Whilst waiting for the sun to come up I thought I’d shoot some film of one of the Owls flying as it was too dark for photos. However, there were a lot of Crows flying around and the Owl would not leave the tree in fear of being mobbed. As the video shows, he was keeping a keen eye on it’s surroundings.

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Endemic Hummingbirds of Cozumel

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I remember watching Hummingbirds on a holiday to Arizona many years ago and ever since I got more involved in photography getting some photos of these tiny birds has been on the must do tick list.

I recently went on holiday in the Caribbean which included a trip around the Mexican island of Cozumel, just off Mexican East coast of Playa Del Carmen.

I was travelling light, with my D810 and 80-400 zoom and walking around a Mayan village when Emma, my other half, spotted them buzzing around a flowering bush. Now was my chance to put another tick on the list.


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Housemartin in Flight

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Anyone who has tried photographing Housemartins, Swallows and Swifts in flight will know how difficult they are to photograph. They change direction so quickly and are very hard to predict.

So you can imagine how chuffed I was to capture this one just about to return to the one of the nest on the back of the house.

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Housemartin on final approach
Housemartin on final approach – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO1000, 1/1250sec – {Flickr Link}