Bits and Pieces

I made it out to the downs this afternoon and was delighted to spot a kestrel hunting just along from where I parked the car. This was close to where I've taken previous close-ups, but probably the first time I've seen it in an extended hunting pattern. Unfortunately the light was poor and for most of the time it was a case of watching rather than photographing. I did manage a couple of ok snaps (more for the record than anything else).

It was fairly quiet up there and apart from a few seagulls and crows, there wasn't too much else in evidence although I did spot a robin lurking in the hedgerow, and a pair of stonechats hopping along the fence posts and dropping down into the fields. This next shot is the male of the pair.

Much of the rest of the day was taken up with experimenting with close-up photography. These are in the Abstracts album.


Rose hip




Water droplets on sage

Camera note: birds photographed with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. The plants are all taken with the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG macro.

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  1. anonymous December 23, 2007 at 3:12 am #

    Nikki writes:

    The water droplets are my favorite. I had to stare at it for a few seconds to figure out the larger picture.

  2. Dudley December 23, 2007 at 3:12 am #

    Water droplets on sage 😎

  3. sanshan December 23, 2007 at 4:12 am #

    OH,I love that shot of the kestrel. I think I'll show that to my father. There was one at his home last year, that would pick off the quail and other birds in the yard.

  4. Flying Red Fox Blog December 23, 2007 at 6:12 am #

    Wow very good given the poor light conditions with the kestrel, nice one.:D

    The water droplets on Sage looks great and pretty, i will have to try out my super macro feature one day.

  5. SittingFox December 23, 2007 at 8:12 am #

    Great shot of the water droplets!

    Cool to see the stonechat :up: One species I've never found up here.

  6. ALLY_G December 23, 2007 at 10:12 am #

    Great photo of the kestrel. :eyes: :up:
    Also the frosty leaf and the other close-ups looks nice. 🙂

  7. Vulpes vulpes December 23, 2007 at 2:12 pm #

    Love the water droplets!!

  8. CedarFox December 23, 2007 at 10:12 pm #

    The water droplets have a nice effect 🙂

  9. Words December 24, 2007 at 12:12 am #

    Thanks everyone! I'm pleased the water drops on the sage is so popular. I took a number of shots of that and really liked the way they turned out. It reminds me of a jeweled brooch.

  10. Mickeyjoe-Irl December 24, 2007 at 7:12 pm #

    Here's another vote for the water drops :up: