Noodle Take-Away Anyone?

There are a few Male Blackbirds busying themselves in the garden collecting what I can imagine to be food for the Female who will be sitting on Eggs.

This Blackbird has been visiting the garden collecting Worms all day, so I grabbed the camera and took this shot from the bathroom window.

He saw me with the camera and jumped onto this rock almost as if he was posing!

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Blackbird with Dinner - D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO1250, 1/250sec - {Flickr Link}

Youngsters in the Garden

On Sunday, I was out in the rare spell of sunshine to try (again) to capture some Housemartins and Swallows in flight.

There was a young Blackbird in the garden that really didn’t mind my presence. I got within 4 metres of it and it was happy for me to snap away. Then a young Bluetit arrived and the shot was helped with the fact that one of the cats was in the garden so it was more concerned about watching it than watching me so managed to get a good shot of it.

I also did manage at least one shot of a Housemartin in flight.

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Young Blackbird - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/6.3, ISO220, 1/320sec - {Flickr Link}
Young Bluetit - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/2.8, ISO72, 1/1250sec - {Flickr Link}
Housemartin - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/2.8, ISO90, 1/1250sec - {Flickr Link}

Blackbird against a White Moon

The Moon was great at Sunset tonight and I was trying to use the last of the light before it went behind some clouds to photograph the House Martins and Swallows that have arrived for the summer.

I noticed a Blackbird sitting on the electricity cable singing away and a couple of steps sideways put the awesome moon this evening right behind him.

The final photo is made from 2 photos taken from the same place, but with different apertures to ensure both the Blackbird and Moon were in focus, they were then merged together in Photoshop. This is where Photoshop is not cheating, it simply gives you the tool to create what the camera cannot capture which is the same view your eyes are seeing. I couldn’t decide if I like the Landscape or Portrait crop, so have included both.

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Blackbird Singing - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 - {Flickr Link}
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