Monday 27 February 2012

Goosanders at St Andrew's Pool

I checked St Andrew's Pool today for the Goosanders which have been seen here recently.  Goosanders are a regular sight here; last year I counted seventeen females.  Today I saw three females and a splendid drake.  

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Redwing at Par

Redwings have been in short supply this year in Cornwall.  The mild climate failed to entice the large numbers experienced last year.  However, I came across twenty this morning feeding by the road at Par beach.  In the next couple weeks these birds will disappear as they make their way back north to breed.

Tuesday 21 February 2012

Lesser Scaup at Newquay

This first year drake Lesser Scaup was found on Sunday at Newquay Boating Lake.  It's an unlikely location but Steve Rowe will nonetheless be delighted with this find.  Presumably its the same bird relocating from the Bodmin Moor reservoirs.  The shots below were taken early this morning in fairly poor light, thus there is little colour showing in the bird.  The key features such as the dual toned wing bar, small black nail in the bill tip, head shape, head colour and relatively small size can be seen. (Please note that these shots are all copyright of Steve Rogers and not for onward publication without permission).

(Please note that these shots are all copyright of Steve Rogers and not for onward publication without my permission).

Sunday 12 February 2012

Sanderlings on Marazion beach

I took these Sanderling images last Thursday on what was the warmest and brightest day of the year.  The light was simply stunning.  The shutter speed was naturally high so I was able to achieve at least F11 aperture.  For the last month or so I have reverted to Programme Mode, rather than Aperture Priority just as an experiment to see if results are different.  The obvious difference is greater depth of field.  The downside though is a slower shutter speed and more out of focus images. 

Monday 6 February 2012

Waders at Jubilee Pool, Penzance

I took these shots yesterday on the rocks near the Jubilee Pool.  The tide was turning quickly and caught out this Purple Sandpiper feeding on the seaweed.

Turnstone feeding in the seaweed.

Shooting in to the sun

These shots were taken last week with the lens pointing near the sun's rays.  The effect is a warm glow to the edge of the subject.  The trick to achieving the desired effect is to increase the exposure either manually or with exposure bracketing.  If I was using film it would have cost serious dollar to find the perfect setting...

Saturday 4 February 2012

Unusually tame Redpoll

Male Brambling

These shots of a male Brambling were taken this week near Thetford.  They were taken from a hide with some seed feeders close by.  This stump was virtually the only natural looking perch and I had to wait for four hours for this bird to land on it!