Early Birds

A lot of you lovely bloggers I follow post some beautiful images of birdlife.  On occasion I have had a dabble.  I have been a bird watcher and twitcher for most of my life.  For photography I only have a 300mm zoom,  so to get half decent images I have to be pretty close, not easy, birds are very skittish!  Strange to think a 300mm lens plus crop sensor camera equals, in old money, 450 mm.  In the days of 35mm slrs that was a beast and I’m seriously thinking of getting a 150-600!

Anyway, for this weeks post I have picked out some of my bird images from the old files.   Some of these were shot in jpeg, hope they look ok.


Goldfinch  (Carduelis carduelis)  A beautiful member of the Finch family, often attracted to garden feeders.  This one was on our neighbour’s feeder.  To get this image I hid in a bush to be close enough, good job no one was watching!


Pink-footed Goose  (Anser brachyrhynchus)  Each winter over half the world’s population of this Goose arrive in Norfolk from Iceland and Greenland, that is about 100,000 birds!  They form big flocks and feed on sugar beet tops after the harvest.  If they arrive too soon they will feed on stubble, as here just outside my village.  These are very wary birds, I took this image using my car as a hide.


Great Spotted Woodpecker  (Dendrocopos major)  Normally I like my images to be in natural settings.  When you look out of the kitchen window and see this who could resist!


Juvenile Gulls  Left is a Common Gull (Larus canus).  Right Herring Gull (Larus argentatus).  These two were on the sea wall at Walcott, just a couple of miles from home.  They seem totally oblivious to the huge waves crashing up behind them!


Great Crested Grebe  (Podiceps cristatus)  A lovely fish eating, diving bird that can be found on rivers, lakes and the Broads.  I was on a foot bridge by Ormesby Broad when this fellow popped up a few feet in front of me.  I managed just this one shot before it fled in fright!  This is another of my images published in the local press.


Stonechat  (Saxicola torquata)  This bird gets it’s name from it’s alarm call which sounds like two stones being knocked together.  I have taken a lot of Stonechat images over the years, this one at springtime is a female.  I was very close to the nest site and she would come close to try and lure me away.


Dunnock  (Prunella modularis)  Caught in full song outside my home as I sat in my car.

Well I hope you like my little offerings from the past.  Have a good weekend.


26 thoughts on “Early Birds

  1. Marvelous, Brian. I particularly love the Chaffinch. Never saw one when I was growing up in the UK.
    Sometime last year my dad was over the moon as they began to get regular visits from a pair of Chaffinches.
    I inquired of mum the other day about them but she said after the neighbour cut down a tree that adjoined their properties they have stopped visiting.

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  2. Beautiful images, and of birds I’ve never seen! Each would be a lifer and joy to see.
    I hear great things about the 150-600mm, but I’m a Nikon gal so went with their 200-500mm. It’s a beast to be sure, but it’s a lovely lens.

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    1. That Nikon is a great lens for sure, I quite fancy the Sigma 150-600 which has some good reviews and is several hundred £s cheaper, the other option would be a used Nikon 200-500, a difficult choice.

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      1. I have a friend who rented the 200\500 last month and next week is renting the 150\600know to try and compare the m then decide which one she saves up for to purchase. It’s a sound strategy. One I’ve used before.😁

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  3. Gorgeous images here. And you have gorgeous birds even in urban settings. Poms don’t appreciate what they have, just accept birdsong as part of the background—here in this scenic country birdsong is effectively nonexistent in any season.

    Get out there and enjoy, dammit! And if your lens won’t get you close enough just blow the images up …

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    1. Cheers Argus! The dawn chorus at spring is one of nature’s great free shows, yet so few people go out and listen, and then in your country it has been ‘tidied’ away, sad.
      Thankfully the wonders of modern digital cameras and lenses mean you can crop the images and keep some fine detail.

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  4. Great images, Brian! The goldfinch is one of my favorite birds. I used to have longer lenses when I had Canon, but now I only have 18-135mm which -to say the least- is not ideal. Fuji has just released a 200mm for wildlife, but it costs 6k USD and probably won’t be long enough for bird photography..

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  5. Now this is a post after my own heart!! Love the birds and note with the exception of the Gulls, birds I’ve never come across (mainly due to being stateside). Very crisp shots and those European Goldfinches are stunning. Those here sport a brilliant shade of yellow, but I like the color pattern on your variety. I do have most of the Woodpeckers checked on my list and now jealous having never even seen a picture of the Great Spotted – showed my wife the shots and told here we had to book a flight ha! Thanks for sharing wings of a different structure.

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    1. Thought you would like this post! Amazing how our Goldfinches vary and I like your version, suppose it’s a novelty factor. We only have three Woodpeckers in the UK, Green (Picus viridis) which feeds on ants and will come to lawns, quite a large bird. The Great Spotted and Lesser Spotted (Dendrocopos minor) which is the size of a sparrow and now quite scarce due to loss of habitat.

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