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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Monday, 27 April 2015

MAGIC ON A MONDAY. (27/04/15)

The weather seems to have fallen into an acceptable pattern. It’s cold at night, sunny and windless first thing and showery with hail after lunch. It’s grand and I’m collecting a real backlog of images. I’ll have to discriminate more and bin a few dozen or just do as I normally do and leave them where they are and forget what and where they are.

I’ll start with the Forget-me-not. At least I hope I will, I am reasonably confident that it is one._V0G8096

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_V0G8105 The last two are at 4:1 and could do with focus stacking but I am getting all the practise I can hand holding as the weather will soon warm up again and insects won’t sit still for a tripod mounted camera.

_MG_3348  This is a Warbler basking under a cloudless sky first thing today. I’ll toss a coin. It came down heads so it is a Chiffchaff.

_MG_3351 This isn’t any relation, though it sounds as if it ought to be, it’s a Chaffinch.

Now the series of images that follow would have made a good GIF file, they also made me blush. Brazen birds.

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_MG_3363 Lucky Pied Wagtails. A grand way to start the working week.

That’s more than enough for one post, enjoy whatever you are doing.

20 comments:

  1. I like the shots of the Forget-me-nots Adrian.

    I think you're slowly turning...into a birder, I mean!
    Nice sequence of Wagtail shots. I don't know what they're up to but the big one should learn not to jump on the little one like that, it's not nice!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I used a bit of grey card at 45 degrees and a white base. It worked well for these.
      After careful perusal the big bird is practising sheltering the little one from hail stones.

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  2. From macro, close-up to wide shot, you do it all great. But those tiny details really fascinate me. I don't have a macro lens, and you make it look very appealing.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, macro is interesting. This lens is the Canon MP-E 65mm with a MR-14EX strobe unit. The lens is difficult to use and is best tethered to the computer through Canon Utility. Much easier is the Canon 100mm macro lens. Which will also focus to infinity. I tend to use the latter outside with extension tubes.

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    1. R.Mac, hardy creatures it was barely into positive temperatures here.

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  4. Fascinating behaviour shots of the Pied Wagtail. The Chiff-Chaff looks happy but would've thought that tree would be showing signs of leafs by now?

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    1. Douglas, the leaves are just starting to sprout or unfurl or whatever they do. It was freezing here last night.

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  5. If I wanted to look at porn I would go to a porn broker. No wonder those lascivious birds are called wagtails.

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    1. YP, it's not really porn......they kept their feathers on.

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  6. Excellent pictures, especially the Pied Wagtails, doing what it's for, naturally.

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  7. I still don't understand how birds...um...manage it.

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    1. Adrian, finish it! Give the details. Maybe you need a better photo!

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  8. Adrian! Whatever next? Haven't you got more to do with your time than take pictures of birds screwin'? Excellent photos.

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    1. Red, you wouldn't say that if they were lions in the Serengeti.

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  9. Well I'd have been fair chuffed if I'd taken that haul today. When I grow up I'm going to become a proper photographer like you. I've decided. OK I suppose to be more accurate I've added it to my bucket list.

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    1. Graham, the Forget-me-not is from Friday or Saturday. I just wish it would warm up again. I was getting used to summer.

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