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Old 01-11-2010, 10:33   #1221
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My new neighbours.

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Old 01-11-2010, 11:57   #1222
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Wow - some awesome photos in this thread.
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Old 02-11-2010, 13:47   #1223
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love the second blue tit shot
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Old 07-11-2010, 13:26   #1224
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That second one certainly is good.

Haven't been on here for absolutely ages, not really been doing much photography now I'm back at work again and certainly not much that would be of interest on the forum, mostly record shot type stuff as part of my general wildlife watching. Have got a few shots I'm pleased with though so will add a few here if that's ok...

First is a pic I took of one of the Wood Mice in my back garden, experimenting with a Panasonic superzoom compact I bought recently to use in addition to my SLR. The mouse is a great little character and lets me get very close if I'm extremely careful in my approach and make only the slowest and smoothest possible movements to avoid spooking it:



Also had a rather poorly Red Admiral in the garden recently. I tried to give it sugar water to revive it but unfortunately it didn't make it through the night. I took this while trying to get it to drink the sugar water.



I left the poppies in my garden to go to seed and a lot of garden spiders used them as supports for their webs so I finally got around to getting a decent photograph of one:

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I hate spiders with a passion! but thats a lovely shot of one, fantastic detail!
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Old 07-11-2010, 16:40   #1226
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Love the mouse's tiny hands.
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Thanks guys. The mouse really does have lovely little white paws, was watching it again this afternoon and seeing it sitting at the entrance to its burrow washing its face was soooo cute! I've become rather fascinated by spiders over the last year or two and am much less phobic about them than I used to be. Same with Harvestmen:


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Old 07-11-2010, 20:38   #1228
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Out for a walk and took the camera, had a go at getting some birds. They rewarded me with a bombing run which got me, the camera and the lens! Apparently it's lucky?!!


Birds by jj_glos, on Flickr


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The Robin picture was taken whilst I was walking back, also carrying my daughter. Handheld, 500mm (800mm equiv) @ 1/160, not too shabby I think?

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Old 08-11-2010, 06:41   #1229
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Always nice to see Robins and Black-headed Gulls.

Managed a shot of one of the Wood Mice yesterday afternoon although the light was pretty low so had to use a very high iso and handholding my 300mm prime and teleconverter at minimum focus distance without VR was very tricky so didn't manage an exactly stellar image quality but not bad. I think this is a different mouse to the one I'd previously photographed...

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a lot better than I can do hand held

joolz, those a v good.
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:40   #1231
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joolz, those a v good.
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FB - yours are excellent as ever! We've had a mouse like that (assume ours to be a wood mouse) running around in the house over the last couple of days after the cats brought it in. It's super-quick and evasive!!
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Old 08-11-2010, 14:06   #1232
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Nice photos Joolz. I particularly like the gulls.

Sunny Blue Tit shot
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Cheers guys - yes they can be astonishingly quick! I took that at 1/320s so considering I was at min focus distance (about 2.2m) at f/4 on effectively a 620mm lens it came out pretty well. It's the only shot that did come out though!
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Had a visitor to my back garden the other day

Unfortunately I was out and the photo is pretty poor, but suprising what can visit you. Might explain all the feathers we keep finding in the back garden too, I will have to keep my eyes open.

Not sure but I think it is a Sparrowhawk ?

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Yup, and it's a male. Almost certain to be responsible for the feathers you're finding, I get little patches of feathers on my lawn where they've been plucking the prey. The female I get here launched a full-on attack yesterday while I was standing only about 15 feet away, it was rather gob-smacking to watch!

Keep an eye out as you often see them flying over being mobbed by crows - I see that quite a bit here. If you hear a lot of alarm calls and all the birds go absolutely bezerk then it's likely the hawk is around - I heard the blackbirds go mental recently and then all the birds in the garden exploded up in a mass panic followed a second later by the sparrowhawk zooming through the garden at a fantastic speed.

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Old 08-11-2010, 23:10   #1236
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I've seen a sparrowhawk take a bird off my nut feeder and as you say, it's impressive (if somewhat sad) sight.

When I hear the crows making an odd sound it it usually because they are chasing away a buzzard. They're pretty fearless considering the size of the crow vs buzzard!
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That's cool - I see buzzards only very infrequently here.

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Some old shots from the summer I've only just got around to playing with...

Coot and young


Young Pheasant


Oystercatcher and Black-headed Gull


Common Terns


I've got some more from that trip but not sure if I'd have already posted them here or not. This trip wasn't really as good photography-wise as my previous trips to Norfolk though, mostly 'record' shots. The weather didn't help!

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Old 22-11-2010, 19:36   #1239
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Terns looking good. Works as a photo in its own right
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Old 22-11-2010, 19:51   #1240
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Those 3 look good, post (or repost) away.

Still having fun with my 400/5.6 will post some stuff soon...
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