Jackdaw Silhouettes

I took these on Tuesday morning at Falmer Pond. Yes, I had to be up that way in the morning so it was a chance to look around the pond again. The rats are long gone from what I could see (plenty of ‘do not feed rats’ signs all over the place), but the ducks and geese were doing fine. I photographed a few for old times sake, but my favourite sequence was of some of the jackdaws who were busy gathering in nest material and taking it back to the church roof. These three shots are taken as the jackdaw was coming in to land, and putting on the brakes.

They have all been converted to black and white to emphasize the form over the detail, but hopefully I’ve left just enough tone in the feathers to keep them lively.

Jackdaw with nest material

Jackdaw with nest material

Jackdaw with nest material

Jackdaw with nest material

Jackdaw with nest material

Jackdaw with nest material

I’ve had a second encounter with the garden badger. He really doesn’t seem to mind me at all, and I’m looking forward to another good year with them. Here’s one from last night as a taster (again converted to black and white).

Black and White Badger

Black and White Badger

Camera note: jackdaw photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The badger was photographed with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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8 Comments

  1. Aurora Stone March 24, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    The Jackdaw sequence is wonderful. Glad your badger is back.

    • Words March 29, 2016 at 11:10 pm #

      Aurora, thanks! It was nice to try something different with the jackdaws.

  2. Darko March 24, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    Those silhouettes reminded me on a book cover I had back in Belgrade, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”, I think.

  3. derwandersmann March 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    Elegant, Paul!

    • Words March 29, 2016 at 11:13 pm #

      Thanks dW!