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Old 26-10-2009, 22:55   #921
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A snap from chester zoo, poor things looked bored silly.

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Old 31-10-2009, 20:50   #922
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Love the detail on those elephants.

From a recent trip to Westonbirt:

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Nice detail on the oliphants but yes they do look bored! Perky little Robin, Arthur - looks like he's taking a seat and using his tail as a prop!

A Moorhen hiding in the waterside bushes:

Keeping low

A Black-headed Gull getting a little confused about what is and isn't food (no Blacky that's not a fish, it's a leaf!):

That's no fish!

and a Long-tailed Tit. Not as good as it could have been, it was perfectly posed in great light with a plain background but by the time I'd wrestled my camera out of my backpack it had moved into a dense willow and was backlit. Oh well, at least I could get fairly close to one for a change:

Consolation prize
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Old 02-11-2009, 23:02   #924
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Excellent as ever Fozzy I dream of getting your sharpness. Still, nothing that a ton of talent, patience and a big new chunk of glass wouldn't resolve
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Thanks a lot Arthur. The glass doesn't have to be big though, I took these with the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, which is my standard wildlife lens. Pretty sharp, pretty compact, not 'too' expensive - ticks the boxes for me even if it's not a true birding lens as 300mm is too short.

Looking at your shots on flickr you seem to be doing ok, there is good detail in some of the bird shots there so I don't think you're far off the mark. It's all down to practice, keeping the shutter speed high enough (don't be afraid to bump the ISO), closing the aperture a little to get to the sweet spot of sharpness for the lens (I tend to shoot around f/7.1 or 8 on my f/5.6 lens) and learning to hold the camera steady. Restraining my tendency to jab at the shutter button has taken a long time and I still do it occasionally in the heat of the moment - when you're confronted with a wild Barn Owl or a Sparrowhawk it's easy to get over-excited!
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Thanks Fozzy. Glad I'm doing ok with my Flickr shots, especially as I don't use Flickr!

Money is tight at the moment, so no chance of any new glass in the near future however inexpensive.
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Whose pics have I been looking at then... I think I'm losing it!

Edit: ah, could have been ArthurDent's! D'oh!!!

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That's great. I've never actually seen a lizard in the wild, only a slow-worm once when I was a kid... something I really should rectify!
I know Danbury Common is good for snakes (Adders/Grass), should imagine there's a fair few lizards there as well...
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Thanks for the mis-directed compliments Fozzy!

That shot of the long-tailed tit is great.
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I know Danbury Common is good for snakes (Adders/Grass), should imagine there's a fair few lizards there as well...
I'm guessing I won't see much this time of year but that's most definitely something to follow up! Thanks!

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Thanks for the mis-directed compliments Fozzy!

That shot of the long-tailed tit is great.
You're welcome. Excuse my senior moment (if you can legitimately have one when you're just approaching middle age!). Thanks Arthur - I had to lighten the shadows hugely as it was under-exposed and you couldn't really see anything. RAW to the rescue!
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Handheld shot with a 55-200 kit lens when I was at the Rain Forest Exhibition in the Exploritorium in San Francisco

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Lovely butterfly, I like the framing with the curving leaf too.

Went out this morning hoping to get a repeat appearance from the male Stonechat that perched about 7 paces from me out at a local farm yesterday (that really was very, very cool!). Didn't find any Stonechats unfortunately but did get this shot of a Reed Bunting by the river:

Reed Bunting
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Really nice Fozzy. It's a shame the light was in the wrong place but the pose is nice and the background is pretty uncluttered. Like the rim light on the tail feathers too. Coming along nicely
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Thanks Richard. Yes, would have been nice to get the bird front-lit but it didn't seem to want me to pick it up and plonk it on another branch on the other side of the thicket for some reason.

Was nice to be able to get fairly close to these Buntings even though I was out in the open (although trying to stay in the shade close to the side of the thicket), not that easy to get really close to them when you're walking around.
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Went to Southend yesterday and met up with a flickr contact (dcweather) who'd said he'd take me around some of the wildlife hot spots there. We were at the wrong time in the tide for big flocks of Golden and Ringed Plovers at Two Tree Island and the light was pretty poor all day (really foggy first thing too) but we saw loads of birds out on the mud near the pier, including my first Curlew (have been really wanting to see one too). At Leigh-on-Sea we watched Black-tailed Godwits and Brent Geese feeding quite close to shore and then at Two Tree Island we saw more Curlews, one or two Little Egrets, a few Shelduck and Redshanks, quite a lot of Avocets (Essex Avocets, really cool!) lots of Wigeon (beautiful ducks with little yellow Mohicans) and LOADS of Teal, which are gorgeous and really small. The light was getting low by this time so combined with the distance of the hide it wasn't easy to get photos.

Young Gull on Southend Pier (Greater Black Back I think):
Young Gull

A shonky shot of the Turnstones near the pier, but these are a favourite of mine and great to watch them turning over the stones looking for food:
Turnstones

Brent Geese and Black-tailed Godwits at Leigh-on-Sea:
Brents and Black-tails

A Curlew in the creek at Two Tree Island. As I tried to creep closer for a better shot it started looking disturbed so I backed off any let it be.
Getting antsy...

Avocet and Wigeon on the lagoon at Two Tree Island
Essex Avocets

A few of the Teal on the lagoon - there must have been at least a hundred, maybe quite a bit more than that
Teal

The highlight of the day though was just as the light was getting low (..er!) around 2.30pm and I went to check out the south hide near the lagoon. I settled down and saw very little around apart from a few birds a long way off out in the main creek but a little flash of movement caught my eye and I discovered this - a Water Rail! The light was really pretty iffy by now, I took this resting my left elbow on the shelf of the hide but it was still 1/160s at f/4 at ISO2200 and the rail was a long way off!

Water Rail!

All taken with Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4 prime, Kenko pro 300 dg 1.4x teleconverter and for the ones not in a hide I used a monopod.

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Nice capture of the Water Rail. Not an easy bird to photograph.

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Thanks John. Yeah, not easy to even see them!

Edit: some more...

Black-tailed Godwit:
Black-tailed Godwit

Brent Goose:
Brent Goose

Mr. Pied Wagtail says 'hi':
Hello?

A first winter Mediterranean Gull:
Mediterranean Gull

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There's a caption in that third shot somewhere...lol

I'm out in Florida at the mo, been pretty slow for photography so far but got a couple of nice Burrowing Owl shots the other day in a park. Can't wait to get my Macbook Pro so in future I can process images whilst I'm away!!
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Yes, definitely something there. That shot didn't come out that well but I loved the little beady eyes, it's the first time I've seen one head-on and I think if it's possible I like them even more now.

Macbook Pro... mmm, nice! I've got a standard Macbook that I've had a couple of years, nice laptop, I use it much more than my PC (am using it now!) although I still do 99% of my image work on the PC - bigger screen, more grunt/storage and it's on a proper desk not my coffee table!
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Old 12-11-2009, 14:27   #940
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I'm off to Donna Nook in a few weeks to get some seal shots. As someone who doesn't normally get on very well with the great outdoors I was wandering if any of the wildlife stalkers had any advice?

We'll be heading out very early before first light and will be accompanied by an experienced wildlife photographer. My main concerns are that my fingers are going to freeze off and my kit's going to get full of sand. Will be using a canon 30d with either a 70-200 (f4 non IS) or 100-400 (5.6 at the 400 end with IS). Obviously don't want to be swapping lenses out on the beach if possible so any thoughts on most suitable lens would also be appreciated.

I see that you've been up there before from your blog Richard, any little nuggets of information you can pass on?
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