Back at the Pond

After yesterday's brief hiatus, it was back to the pond this morning. Glorious early sunshine just breaching the clouds and a treat of a pair of herons perched on a tree. A good start to the day, and what's more is that they illustrated perfectly the impact of light on a photo. First up is a juvenile heron, basking in the direct glow of the sun.

Alongside, but just in the shade rather than the direct sun, the adult was keeping watch. There was plenty of ambient light, but the colour tones are completely different.

There's of course less shade when they're in flight.

Some of the other pond regulars were enjoying the fine start to the day, none more than these two ducks.

The moorhens were showing somewhat more decorum.

And I just liked this little pied wagtail (when it moved out of the shade, that is).

Finally a shot from tonight, plagiarized from a photo on Sitting Fox's blog, except I only managed to capture three moons (I think Europa is the missing one, eclipsed when this shot was taken). The star of the picture is of course not a star, but the planet Jupiter which is shining bright in the night sky at the moment.

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D EF and 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. For the Jupiter shot I added a 1.4x teleconverter.

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  1. serola October 20, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    400mm f/5.6L USM lens. For the Jupiter shot I added a 1.4x teleconverter.

    Amazing :yikes: I did not know it is possible to get something like that with those lenses. And have you cropped the picture?

  2. gdare October 20, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    Birds are very active this time of year, right?
    And that Jupiter photo with moons is excellent. Yesterday I didn`t have Internet access so didn`t have the opportunity to check on Adele`s post but I will do it now 😀

  3. Words October 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Sami, it was a surprise to me too. And yes, it's quite heavily cropped and some heavy processing to reduce the noise, but it's a nice document 😉

  4. Words October 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Darko, it's a good time of year to see birds, and there aren't as many leaves on the trees to hide the smaller ones. They're all busy feeding before winter sets in.

    I've been watching Jupiter for weeks, but didn't realize I would see the moons as well until i saw Adele's post. Then I just had to try for myself.

  5. Words October 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Erwin, thanks!

  6. serola October 21, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Originally posted by Words:

    it's a nice document

    :yes: it is

  7. SittingFox October 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    I recognise that shot 😉 I'm going to try to get the spotting scope on Jupiter tonight if it's clear outside :right: It's showing very well at the moment.

  8. Words October 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Adele, I'm glad you did post your as it finally persuaded me to get the tripod out. Otherwise I may well have let it pass.

  9. derWandersmann October 25, 2011 at 2:10 am #

    Great post! Herons always are fascinating.

  10. Words October 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    dW, they have wonderfully prehistoric look to them, but also something of the Dickensian clerk, with the grey frock coat.

  11. derWandersmann October 26, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    LOL … like secretary birds.

  12. Words October 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm #


  13. Wulpen October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Nice shots