I spent some of the late summer days photographing and filming some of the birdlife at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. One of the highlights for me was filming and shooting pictures of a new to me bird – a Wood Sandpiper. I also was able to borrow a Manfrotto 393 head – which gave easy support to my 500mm F4 Canon Lens – and made filming these videos and taking
I took a visit on a bright and cold February day to Stanpit in the hope of shooting some wild birds, especially the Stonechat’s which if you can find them there can be fairly co-operative. The walk around was very bracing, and they were not in their normal spot near the playing fields, and it was only near the end of the walk around that I found some in the
Farlington Marshes was the destination on the 12th February, the weather was not kind being overcast. However the Kestrals were. Showing well in the trees near the paths. This first one that I saw and photographed was balancing carefully on one leg. Later on another Kestral was spotted – again perched up high – before flying off when I pointed my Canon 100-400mm lens at it. This is the sequence
Having some time off over the festive period, I visited my local reserves of Blashford Lakes Nature & Hengistbury Head, a few times to try out the Canon 5d MkIV with both stills and its 4k video capability. It also allowed me more time to play with my recent lens addition with it – a Canon 100-400 IS L lens. Whilst out I at Hegistbury Head, I was able to
Here is a short video of an adult and juvenile Little Grebes, taken at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve today.
Went on an Easter Sunday Afternoon wander around Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve in mixed Sun and Cloud weather. The wind making the later shots of this coot, interesting to take in the choppy lake. Fortunately on land it was easier. And for Easter – you have to take a bunny rabbit!
Took a Good Friday visit to Blashford Lakes, on a bright spring afternoon. As spring starts, so does the battle for the best breeding sites. This pair of black-headed gulls were laying claim to this floating raft on Ivy Lake, near the front of a hide. They squawked at any attempted trespassers and flew often in circles round it. Making a good platform to photograph this common seagull. This first
Over the past weekend, the woodland hide at Blashford Lakes, has been free at times to photograph some of the wild birds out of the windows. There have been a lot of Siskin there this year, and the selection of birds photographs taken over the weekend starts with a selection of shots of them. Other winter visitors included a Lesser Redpole and Reed Bunting. More all round visitors to the
I was fortunate to see a couple of Treecreepers today at Blashford Lakes, and managed to get this one in the frame, before a barking dog scared it off. In the rush I had not quite dialed in enough exposure compensation, so had to lift the bird in Adobe Camera raw. I am fairly pleased with the rescue of the shots. This first shot I have rotated into portrait format.
Yet another dreary grey Saturday, as seems to be the case this winter. However I decided to try to make the most of it photographically in the poor light this afternoon. Upon spotting this Common Sandpiper reasonably close to the Lapwing Hide at Blashford Lakes, I attempted some shots of it at various ISO’s – all the way from an ISO that is normally ok, ISO 800 on the 760D,