ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

A ONE BIRD BLOG. (15/05/13)

It is a beautiful day up here. A northerly breeze is keeping the temperature manageable. It’s freezing. Not gloves cold but just a bit on the nippy side of comfortable.

I sat out for a couple of hours this morning trying to persuade birds to come within range of Bertha. There aren’t flocks of anything here. A pair of Oystercatchers, a Grey Heron,  a couple of Mallard, a few Chaffinch and a pair of Black Throated Divers. Several something elses………_MG_0432 copy    This is a view of the light on the Corran Narrows. No I didn’t swim or crop I used Bertha who for those that don’t read my gibberish is a 400mm prime telephoto that weighs almost a ton or tonne now we are metric.

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_MG_0438 copy  This is a Pipet…….a rare one I hope. I think it is a Meadow Pipet that is having a holiday at the seaside. There again it could be something else. There are a couple of pairs or so nesting on a gravel spit. These are cropped to within an inch or pixel of their lives. It’s low water now so I’ll wait till this evening and have another go. There is another similar sized bird but without a stripey chest. I suspect it’s the female.

The colour calibrator has still not arrived but I have a heap of maps. GRAHAM. called in on his way south to Glasgow and very kindly stopped and got me half a dozen OS Maps. It was lunch time and he went away with an empty tummy. I don’t eat lunch as I have two breakfasts and an evening meal. So much for northern hospitality. Sorry Graham I never gave it a thought. Many thanks for the maps.

I’ll get some night time shots today as it’s set fair. I can’t promise bird shots as I’m a rubbish birder.

That’s all for today.

38 comments:

  1. rubbish birder? I don't know what this means, Adrian. but your photos are never rubbish!

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    1. Norma...it means not very good at taking snaps of birds..This is what I aspire to KEITH
      This is a brilliant bird snapper.

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  2. Nice to see you are getting some sunshine. Beautiful scene and views of the Pipet, definitely not rubbish.

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    1. Gillian, you don't want to see the trash bin. Less than fifty percent hit rate. Good job I'm digital. It's always sunny in Scotland....I wish.

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  3. My best guess would be Meadow Pipit, but I stand to be corrected. Pipits are a bit tricky to tell apart at times. Couple of good shots though Adrian.

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    1. It is Keith. I took some pictures a couple of years ago of them doing the courtship flit up in the air and hover and then drop routine. Kept me amused for ages.

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    2. PS. thought I'd done well getting as far as Pipet.

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  4. your photos look great to me too,keep showing them.


    peter

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    1. You are a confidence booster Peter. Many thanks.

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  5. See!...there IS a bird photographer in there!!

    Great images Adrian..keep 'em coming!

    Now this is where it gets tricky cos I'm going to disagree with the maestro <:-{ and say that I think the bird is a Rock Pipit!.. my reasons (grown up birder talk!!) Location (you say they are nesting on the shore?)
    Size and shape and dark colour of bill - Heavy streaking down chest and flanks - Pale buff and prominent supercilium (the stripe over the eye)

    Then again I could be completely wrong!!!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, No there isn't a bird photographer in me...Yet!. I can't push colour on birds. I was going to go for Rock Pipet. Because it has a long hind toe.
      Supercillium is my sort of wurd. A magical and stunning word for eyebrow.
      You are spot on Keith is a bit of a Muppet at times. At other times he is spot on, had Hooded Crows round today. I gave him a ring but they buggered off before I got the camera mounted. Who says only women gossip?

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  6. Wish I had your Canon Camera and Bertha. I would have a field day. Keep on clicking that shutter, and have much fun. I just wish I was there with you.

    I just found out that I may have my surgery in June, no official word yet but fingers crossed.

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    1. Horst I was only thinking about you yesterday. Good luck with the operation.

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  7. Lovely Bertha, she takes fine picture, and, yes, it is a Meadow Pipit, I think!!!!

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    1. Bob, I thought so. They seem to be nesting in a strange place though.

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  8. I like the way you captured the pippet on the seaweed...natural looking. Who says you're not good with birds?

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  9. Don't know about the bird but that is a pretty scene. Nice to hear Graham has caught up with you.

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    1. Pauline it was really good to meet him after all these years.

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  10. Beautiful day and amazing photos Adrian..

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  11. I've just woken up and read your post. Glasgow! I was wondering where I am. I get lots of both sorts of pipits in the garden at Eagleton and I'm surprised that I haven't done a recent post with comparisons. I must try and remember to remedy that.

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  12. PS Don't worry about the lunch. The tea you provided was what I needed. I'd had a huge Calmac breakfast on the ferry and I tend not to eat much when I'm driving anyway.

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    1. It was very good to see you. If you fancy breaking your return journey then I'll be at the Camping and Caravan Club site. It's on your left about a mile before Glencoe village. Follow the signs for Glencoe visitor centre.

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  13. Great images as always Adrian the pipit is indeed a Rock Pipit for the reasons Trevor has already mentioned (black bill and pale eyestripe) a nice find, I spend hours watching them catching flies off the seaweed when I go to Jersey, quite a comical bird at times

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    1. Douglas, It is a Rock Pipet. Many thanks. I spent a while on the RSPB site and it also has brown grey legs not red.

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  14. Hi Adrian...While you have been fooling around with Bertha I have been jacking up a post on the back deck, and trying to figure out how to fix the darn thing ; ) It has taken a few days, so I haven't been around!!
    Now I love the first shot gorgeous!! I didn't see and rubbish birds there, looks darn good to me, as far as ID I out on that one!! ; )
    Grace

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    1. It is a Rock Pipet Grace.

      I hope the post is fixed.

      It was freezing this morning and in keeps showering. I have been playing with Bertha but with little success so far today.

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  15. Great photos Adrian, telling what these birds are called, i will leave that to the experts out there.

    peter

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    1. Peter, I've spent a few minutes on the RSPB site and am pretty confident that they are Rock Pipets.

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  16. Blogland is an interesting place to live. When a blogger goes missing from his own blog he might turn up on another... :) I like the light in the first photo!

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    1. Monica, interesting is very kind....You could have chosen Strange.

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  17. Those 400mm's weight a ton, but I still need them. Mine is very heavy too, but it's very much needed in my case.

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    1. They are a bit heavy to be a pleasure to use. Take good pictures though.

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  18. It must be a job trying to keep your lady friend still !! Whats your f-stop, shutter speed and ISO comparisons for say something like the first shot ?

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    1. Jay, it's a tripod job. I have used a monopod but tripod and remote release is best.
      The first one is shot at at f5.6. 1/800. ISO 400.

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