Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Recent images with Nikon D610 and 500mm F4

Some images taken in the last few days with a used Nikon D610 and used Nikon D4 and new 500mm F4 FL ED VR.  All tripod mounted. Taken at Stithians and St Clements.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Squacco Heron at Marazion Marsh

The Squacco Heron at the marsh today was decidedly elusive, preferring to stay for long periods at the back of the reed bed.  It flew past me and settled briefly before returning again to the back of the marsh.  It was found yesterday by Dave Flumm and is the second record in Cornwall this Spring.  In addition to the Squacco, Brian Loader and me had a Bee Eater calling at 7.38am over the east end of the marsh.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Hummingbirds in Texas

We saw three species of hummingbird on our travels to the Gulf coastal region.  Buff-bellied was commonest and Black-chinned was the scarcer of the three.  We saw several Ruby-throated at High Island and Goose Island areas but elsewhere they were replaced by Buff-bellied.  They are indeed blessed with good looks and intrigue and they have only made me want to see more of them!  There's a knack in photographing them as well.  Its called patience and getting your background sorted.  

Friday, 29 May 2015

Night Heron at St Clements, Truro

After five visits to my local patch at St Clements, I eventually saw the adult Night Heron last night.  After spending countless hours waiting at Tresemple Pool, John Chapple and me returned to the car park only to be told by the owner of the vicarage it was in the garden pond!.  The photo below was taken in near darkness at 9.30 pm last night.  ISO was set to 6400.  I got to say I was pretty impressed with the camera (Nikon D800e).

I also saw two Red Kites though Bob Bosisto had five others an hour earlier.

Back from Texas, fairly dry

We got back from Texas last week.  Just in time by the looks of things as there has been huge amounts of rain and serious flooding in areas we have just visited.  It was also a fairly dry fortnight as the majority of diners and burger joints don't sell beer in Texas.  The upshot is I lost 2 kg in weight.  Maybe it was the serious humidity as well.

Anyway, I'm now sifting through 3000 or so images.  Its looking good for about 200 nice presentation shots and around ten competition standard images.  I notice that the tour guide brochures now include a statement saying "Photo Opportunities:  Moderate to good".  I can say that Texas was very good, especially the waders and marsh birds.

In summary, we saw a shade under 200 species, had 30 ticks, travelled 2070 miles in 16 days, stopped twice by US border control bods, had about 200 mossie bites, caught heat rash, one minor disagreement with the Mrs over access to a Tropical Parula site, lost 2kgs in weight and wasted one night on South Padre Island. All in all, a pretty successful trip.

A small part of a flock of mixed terns, skimmers and gulls.