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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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

THE ILLUSIVE. (11/02/14)

This morning I braved the A9 and after one hundred miles arrived safe and sound at Aviemore I’m back where I was this time last week. Just a bit of slushy snow on the road and nothing to worry the van. We averaged 48.2 mph and that included a stop for a new dog lead which the shop didn’t have.

I’m all set up with weather station and bird feeders. There is a new addition to the feeder stick.

_V0G8038      Coal Tit on the bit of twig I tiewrap to it…………It looks better than this.

_V0G8051    Longtailed Tit on the feeder not a foot away from the twig. If the little devils would cooperate I could do all my rubbish birding from the van as long as the weather is clement enough to have the window open.

I was after the Crested Tit but, though I saw it twice, it buggered off before I could get a picture.

_V0G8049   Mr Chaffinch. they are a common but bonny bird.

I am stopping here till March. I’ve still to get a snap of the Dipper. I am a useless birder.

Have fun.

 

35 comments:

  1. Magnificent shots with excellent depth of field.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, the system has possibilities.

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  2. You may consider yourself a useless birder but all of us out here in Blogland are the beneficiaries of your largesse.

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    1. Bob, that's a very kind comment. Probably a little less largesse and a bit more quality would be better,

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  3. you do look after the wildlife, whatever site you stay at.


    peter

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    1. Peter, they are worth it. Better than the TV. Not that I have a TV.

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  4. Brilliant birds, try and get ONE, just for me, a Crested Tit, please.

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    1. Bob, there are a few about. I'll try but it is very windy and the wind blows them away.

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  5. You made good speed Adrian.
    That's the way to do your birding, stay in the dry and the warm and let the little buggers come to you.
    The Coal Tit image looks good and the Chaffinch, they always pose well.
    I like that twig, it has promise of producing a cracking image, maybe if you moved it just a little bit further away from the feeders the birds might settle on it more frequently, just a thought! It would be good to get a picture of a Crested Tit and a Dipper, two birds I've never seen!
    Good luck...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, It ha possibilities does the stick.
      I'll look for a longer one.
      Both dippers and crested Tits are plentiful here. The Dippers don't eat seeds or nuts though.
      I'll keep on trying.
      Lots of snow here. With plenty forecast.

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  6. I do not think you're a useless observer ... The photos are fine. On the last photo, I was watching you;)
    Good Tuesdays.
    a hug.

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    1. Laura, me dijo 'Birder'. Un birder en Inglaterra es una persona divertida con los prismáticos que se esconde en los arbustos. Pasa su vida viendo pájaros. Yo no soy muy bueno en eso.

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    1. Annie, for once it was a bit too sunny. That's the excuse for today.

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  8. Adrian Well that looks nice do wonders. Twigs from that

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    1. Bas, I think it could be a good idea.

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  9. Weather Station ~ that's the first time I recall you mentioning such? How fancy is your little weather station?

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    1. Carol, I'll take a picture of it. It has a spinning bit for wind called an anaemicometer or something similar. and a little funnel that collects rain and drops it into a seesaw bit and a thermometer in a cover with slots in. It lives on the van roof. Inside the camper there is a box with a display and a barometer and a clock. £40.00p from Maplin. It is about a year old now.

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  10. I think Mr. Chaffinch is a nice shot. I'm guessing bonny is same same beautiful. In which case I agree.

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    1. David, I use it to mean attractive. Much the same as beautiful but it applies to character more than anything.

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    2. Thanks for the distinction. I like subtle differences in the meaning of words.

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  11. HI Adrian Glad you arrived safe and sound and I love that branch so perhaps the birds will come to love it also. Great shots of these birds and you are NOT a useless birder. If you want to see Crested Tits go to Loch Garten.

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    1. Margaret, I can assure you I am.
      There are plenty of Crested Tits here. I just failed to press the button quickly enough.

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  12. The bit of twig is a brilliant idea. Looks much more natural.

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    1. John, I'll get a bigger bit. The trouble is that I have all on keeping the feeder upright never mind a branch.

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  13. Don't call yourself a useless birder. You've got some good shots and you know the names of what you photograph. I don't do this but I think one of the things that helps to get a good bird photo is to know what the little critters might do. Know their habits!

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    1. Red, I am only too well aware of what they do. They have an inbuilt system that detects the very moment you press the shutter then they fly off.

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  14. Glad you had a safe trip back to your birds. Mr Chaffinch looks well fed, I'm guessing he will be back at the feeder.

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    1. Pauline there are dozens of them. They are ground feeders out of preference but these seem to have mastered the feeders.

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  15. Here's that Coal Tit again, he's a cutie! The Chaffinch is very cute too, and I can appreciate the nice bokeh of Bertha.

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    1. Maria, these were taken with the 135mm plus 2X extender. Bertha is too big to use from the van.

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    2. Wow! The 135mm from Canon has a very good reputation.

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    3. Maria, it was the first lens I got when I switched to Canon. Mine was old and a bit clunky but it was cheap and it does the job.
      I usually take it and a 50mm out unless I'm trying to be serious.

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  16. oh I loose this post! You stay there until march i read... well it the place where you was before or?

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    1. Laura, yes it is the same place.

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