Well I finished a job yesterday lunchtime and so, on the way home, I nipped to a bird hide I found a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to capture at close hand some bird shots using my flash (forced). Apart from the Egret shots, all are forced flash with my 135mm lens.
I hope ya like em. Thanks.
The first 5 shots are of the very common Blue Tit.
A cute, brightly coloured member of the Tit family.
always willing to pose for you.
Well most of the time!!! Lol
That's better. I would just like to point out here, surprisingly, the birds were not or did not seem to be bothered by the flash.... Another tip I picked up is, when trying to anticipate where a bird will land, use both eyes, one in the viewfinder and use the other one to keep an eye on the peripheral vision and as soon as you think a bird is going to come into shot, press that shutter and with a bit of luck you will get them landing.
Like this one, just landed, I think it works quite well. This is a female Chaffinch.
Here, the more brightly coloured male, showing the back markings.
This is the female Chaffinch again, not as brightly coloured as the male but still a pretty bird I think
from whichever angle the head is turned.
Another go at the landing, those blurred wings giving a great sense of movement to the shot as a lot of members have commented on.
The largest of our Tits, the Great Tit. Striking colours I think.
Just another angle on the Great Tit, feeding this time.
Our very common House Sparrow. Again, we see them all the time but I think their markings are quite attractive.
Well it is nearly Christmas and I suppose a birdie blog would not be complete without a shot of our own Robin.
The light was never very good Friday afternoon and this shot taken into where the sun was placed, again forcing the flash to make the Autumn leaf stand out against the brighter background.
Last but not least, the Little Egrets. I counted 17 here altogether and they were busy making a noise and moving from place to place.
Landing in the reed beds
in groups of up to six at a time.
Just in front of the hide, the Mallard came in for the night, it is quite dusk now and the flash has lit up the eyes to give that "Red" look to them.
Making an appearance, a Grey Squirrel wanted to be in the blog shots.
Now I have found this hide, I hope to frequent it next Spring and Summer to show other variety of birds and by then, I am hoping that Santa Claus will have brought me 400mm prime lens so that shots like those of the Egrets, will be a lot better.
Thanks for taking the time to pop by. I hope you liked the shots.
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