Siskin photos from the Garden and a few others

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I noticed the pair of Siskins on a Nyger Seed Feeder on Sunday morning, so I grabbed my D810 and 500mm F/4 and thought I’d try and get close enough not to scare them away. I was surprised at how close they were willing to let me get to them at around 10 metres. Even with the 500mm, I couldn’t get close enough for frame filling shots, but close enough to get some shots. Maybe I should of grabbed a Teleconverter too.

This first shot is the Male followed by the Female and then as both were on the feeder together, I took a shot so that you can see the difference between Male and Female.

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Male Siskin - D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO1100, 1/500sec - {Flickr Link}
Female Siskin - D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO1000, 1/500sec - {Flickr Link}
Pair of Siskins (Female left, Male right) - D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO560, 1/500sec - {Flickr Link}

Below are a few more shots that I took on Saturday afternoon in the late afternoon sunlight. The last photo of a Starling had me thinking and I learnt something new. I couldn’t help noticing how bright it’s yellow beak was and remember that the last time I took a photo of a Starling, it’s beak was black. Starling’s beaks (and even legs) change colour in spring (yellow) and autumn (black).

Goldfinch - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/9, ISO200, 1/400sec - {Flickr Link}
Dunnock - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/9, ISO160, 1/500sec - {Flickr Link}
Starling with it's 'Breeding Beak' - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/9, ISO200, 1/500sec - {Flickr Link}

Starling Murmuration at Rocester, Staffordshire (Video)

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I live only a couple of miles from Rocester in Staffordshire, so imagine my surprise when the BBC Midlands Today News broadcast a live report from there about the Starling Murmuration last night.

So as the weather was great today (and I’ve just about recovered from Man Flu that has kept my down all week!) I went up at dusk to see what I could capture.

From some of the photos and videos I’ve seen, the numbers tonight seemed a little down on recent days, however, they still put on a good show.

Nobody really knows why Starlings perform these masterpiece flight shows but it is believed that “strength in numbers” is part of the game. I did see some Sparrow Hawks flying around at the same time.

By the time they started to show in big numbers the light had faded quite a bit and cloud had covered the horizon so no great sunset colours.

I didn’t manage to get many still shots as most of the action was taking place over houses and it was getting too dark to photograph, I switched to a longer lens to try and get inside the Murmuration and got some silhouette shots. I did set up my D7100 to film at the same time (video below).

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Inside the Murumuration - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/2.8, ISO2000, 1/1250sec - {Flickr Link}

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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}

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