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.