Thursday, 20 January 2011

If you go down to the woods today . . .

I'm getting to know the wood a bit better now. The feeders are doing their job and there are lots of opportunities to shoot 'portrait' type of shots of common woodland birds.

The challenge I have set myself is to do some birds in flight (BIF). To this end I have invested in an IR remote release for my camera. I've tested this out and it is fairly simple to use - of course the challenge is to get the birds to fly past the end of the lens!! I've got a few ideas on how to achieve this, in the meantime, here are a few shots I took down there earlier.

Great tit checking the coast is clear before raiding the feeder
This nuthatch is a regular visitor to the feeder in a very 'smash-and-grab' style
It did stay still enough to get a couple of shots
An opportunist squirrel came onto the scene too.

Just managed to frame him without cutting off his toes

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