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Just Some Garden Birds

These were all taken in the garden over the past few days…

Starling

Starling

Robin and blue tit

Robin and blue tit

Woodpigeon

Woodpigeon

Great tit

Great tit

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Goldfinches

Goldfinches

Blue tit

Blue tit

Blackbird (female)

Blackbird (female)

Buzzard

Buzzard

Cold but bright start to the day forecast for tomorrow. 🙂

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

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Goldcrest at Seven Sisters

The light was awful today, and the rain was light but more or less constant. Despite the gloom, I stopped off at Seven Sisters. A little egret was quietly hunting for tiddlers in the shallows.

little egret

Little egret (ISO 3200)

Several little grebe (dabchicks) were also out feeding.

little grebe (dabchick)

Little Grebe (ISO 2000)

A robin rested on a post.

robin

Robin (ISO 2000)

And a pigeon sheltered from the drizzle…

pigeon

Woodpigeon (ISO 2000)

Outshining all of these though was a tiny goldcrest, flitting in and out of the hedgerow. The goldcrest is the UK’s smallest bird (along with the firecrest). These were taken at ISO 1600.

goldcrest

goldcrest

goldcrest

goldcrest

goldcrest

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

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Common and Garden

Nothing too exotic today (though do look at the video clip at the end). I was playing around with my EF 400mm f/5.6L USM prime lens between rain showers. It’s a good lens but in the past I’ve had difficulty consistently achieving sharp shots with it. That’s partly because it lacks image stabilization, but I’ve also suspected it needed calibrating (which is possible on the 7D). A few test shots seemed to indicate it was focusing short (i.e slightly in front of the image). I tested various settings (trial and error) and found a 10 point adjustment seemed to do the trick. The camera retains the settings on a lens-by-lens basis, so I should now be able to forget about it and get on with the business of taking photos. See what you think 😉

First a couple of photos of one of the ubiquitous garden woodpigeons.

woodpigeon

woodpigeon

Now for a the equally common jackdaws.

jackdaw

jackdaw

My favourite sequence though was a magpie. A pair were flying back and forth between the gardens for most of the afternoon (their nest is about six gardens away).

Magpie

Magpie

Magpie

All in all I’m reasonably pleased with the results. The lack of stabilization does mean I need to work harder to get the shots, and I certainly need decent light to keep the shutter speed high. The adjustment does seem to have helped and I achieved a better ratio of keepers than usual. What I would really like though is this (unlikely to happen any time soon).

Now for the video clip. It’s a female badger showing signs of lactating. 😀

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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