Song Thrush and Woodland

Another damp February day. Nothing at all this morning (it was too wet), but by lunchtime the rain had eased to a fine drizzle and it the shlter of local woodland meant that I could more or less avoid getting wet. Of course, the conditions are limiting (dark), but actually ideal for taking more slow-zoomed landscapes.


I’m beginning to understand a little more about what will and what won’t work these shots (and no, I’m not posting the most obvious disasters), so to an extent they are ‘planned’, though the final effect is very much dependent on how still I hold and zoom the camera. I need to try this with a tripod.

One more in this experimental vein, but taken from a much closer position and framed around three pairs of golden-brown branches. This is a much harsher shot overall, and the zoom was faster.


There were plenty of small birds around (blue tits, chaffinches, blackbirds and robins), but the one to feature today is a song thrush which moved to the woodland fringe where there was just enough light.

song thrush

song thrush

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Darko February 21, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    You proved a Big Bang theory with the second shot 😀

    • Words February 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

      Darko, but I may be entering a creative black hole if I do too many of these. The poor light and dull weather is pushing me to experiment a lot more, with varying results (you haven’t seen the discard pile!)