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N 80 B 870 C 28 E Jul 22, 2017 F Jul 23, 2017
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BUCK

Tags:   Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus buck

N 94 B 1.3K C 29 E Jul 2, 2017 F Jul 18, 2017
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Tags:   Spotted flycatcher Muscicapa striata

N 178 B 1.5K C 46 E Jul 13, 2017 F Jul 15, 2017
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It was over a year ago when I last saw a Kingfisher on this pond. I went there a few days ago and parked the land rover and saw a kingfisher perched in an alder tree.

A few minutes later, two more came in and perched up. They were both juveniles.

The next morning, I arrived just after dawn. The pond was in shadow so I set up and waited.

As the sun rose, the shafts of light streaming through the alders, lit up the meadowsweet on the other side of the pond. Within a few minutes, the pond was bathed in beautiful light.

Right on cue, this juvenile female arrived and spent several minutes perched on the hawthorn in front of me.

It then started fishing and its lack of skill clearly proved it to be a juvenile. The first 3 dives were unsuccessful, the next 2 dives produced fish which it dropped while dispatching them. It then caught a rudd which looked far too big.

It flew off with it to a hazel bough where it spent several minutes trying to dispatch and swallow it.

Finally, it flew back and perched in front of me and started preening. By now I had got plenty of shots so I just sat back and enjoyed the moment.

A pair of mallard crash landed near-by. The kingfisher gave the familiar 'peep' and was gone - and so had the beautiful light.

Tags:   Kingfisher Alcedo atthis perched hawthorn juvenile female

N 92 B 1.6K C 30 E Jul 8, 2017 F Jul 10, 2017
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My second attempt to get the moon and owl aligned in a single exposure.

This shot was taken using only the light of the moon instead of flash (see previous image).

Once again, the camera was set up in the field and focussed on the perch. The camera was fired remotely from my shed.

For the shot to work, it required the moon to appear in the frame at the same time as the owl put in an appearance. It required part homework, part guess work and a huge slice of luck.

As I could not see what was in the viewfinder, it was a case of hit and hope as soon as the owl landed.

The next chance I get to carry on with this experiment will probably be the harvest moon in September.

Tags:   Little Owl Athene noctua night moon perched mouse

N 121 B 1.4K C 28 E Jul 8, 2017 F Jul 9, 2017
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This was an experiment to get the owl and moon in a single exposure.

Much of it was guess work so luck was always going to play a part.

The camera was set up in a field and fired remotely from my shed.

I had a test run the previous night to see how long it took the moon to travel from left to right through the frame.

I set the camera focussed on the perch with the moon just entering the frame. It takes about 10 minutes for the moon to reach this point. That's about how long it usually takes for owl to arrive on its favourite perch once I have disappeared.

It was several minutes before the owl put in an appearance. I took a shot as soon as it landed. I have photographed this owl many times and, as expected, it ignored the flashes.

Not being able to see through the view finder, I had no idea if I had managed to get the shot until I retrieved the camera.

Tags:   Little Owl Athene noctua night perched moon mouse


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