More Bird Photos From The Garden

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The sun came back out and so did the camera! There was a bit of haze high in the sky which was creating a really nice diffused light so I went back out and sat in the pop-up hide for an hour.

Apart from the usual House Sparrows and Blue Tit, a Nuthatch turned up along with another Starling.

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Male House Sparrow
Male House Sparrow – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO640, 1/500sec – {Flickr Link}
Nuthatch
Nuthatch – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO450, 1/500sec – {Flickr Link}
Blue Tit
Blue Tit – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO125, 1/500sec – {Flickr Link}
Starling
Starling – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO180, 1/500sec – {Flickr Link}
House Sparrow
House Sparrow – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/5.6, ISO250, 1/500sec – {Flickr Link}

Youngsters in the Garden

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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}

Garden Birds

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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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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.

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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