[quote='Barbara G.' pid='96789' dateline='1409747628']
Hey guys - I have been on site every day here. I may not always post each day on the forums as it depends on what is going on. Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend!
Labor Day??? xx Jeff
Great. Nature is amazing. Some about 60 miles from here, supposedly largest in UK. Ed.
Would you care to share where these were taken? This information is of interest to some of the folks who watch this thread. Thanks.
Yes, I would love to see more please, Rolf...Jeff
Thanks, Rolf, I don't recognise any of these characters - mean looking creatures all of them...and you have got them in imperious postures too, imposing shots...Jeff
What a great thread, and how have I missed it since returning! Wonderful images in here.
More Crackers, great. Ed.
They are certainly better than my first (several) attempts at birds in flight!
Mar 13, 2015, 05:30
(This post was last modified: Mar 13, 2015, 05:31 by EdMak.)
Posted elsewhere. This was my first real foray into the unknown, Digital. Olympus Compact, 3.1M Pixels, paid about £175, from memory.
Was not aware of EXIF, cropping and saving as original reduced file size, this became about 250/300 Kb. Lay dormant until I started Photoshop. probably taken about, 2006/7.
I live in the town centre, between the two main streets, about 20 yards from the main A7 road. This was taken, in our large yard car park, about 10 yards from the main road, surrounded by buildings.
The sparrow hawk had captured the pigeon, and was eating it; apparently the back on the neck is the best part. After taking several pictures, I was getting closer to it, eventually about 4/5 feet, not bothering it at all.
Then I thought if it’s not worrying about me, should I be worrying about it! Retreated a fair bit, and used the zoom lens.
It was eventually chased off by a car back firing, (Gunshot)? Leaving the pigeon still alive (humanely killed).
The hawk lives/lived in a church steeple a few hundred yards away.
Mar 31, 2015, 15:59
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I'm loving this thread!
You probably know that the smallest of the UK birds is the goldcrest. He's tricky to photograph because, even if you can find him, he is likely high up in the treetop and he has a frenetic habit of constantly twisting and turning. But there is also such a thing photographer's fortune. Here's my best attempt at capturing a bird that weighs not much more than a tenth of the weight of a large hen's egg (57g). Cropped of course....
(Wikipedia says: The goldcrest is the smallest European bird, 8.5–9.5 cm (3.3–3.7 in) in length, with a 13.5–15.5 cm (5.3–6.1 in) wingspan and a weight of 4.5–7.0 g)
(Nikon D610+80-400G at 400mm f7.1 1/1250 ISO 400, spot metering)
Well, it's April 1st and migratory birds are beginning to arrive back in UK. Today I have seen both swallows and sand martins - both for the first time for me this year. The chiffchaff is also back with us from southern Europe and delighting us with his vigorous monotone onomatopoeic call. Here he is. Unlike the secretive goldcrest, I'm sure he came to investigate me today in the wilds of Worcestershire.
Wikipedia says: The common chiffchaff is a small, dumpy, 10–12 centimetres (4 in) long leaf warbler. The male weighs 7–8 grammes (0.28–0.31 oz), and the female 6–7 grammes (0.25–0.28 oz).
Not so very much more weighty than the goldcrest, then....
Regards all, Jeff