As promised..

25th December 2011
this update will have more Owl images,sorry... :-) I just can't get enough of these beautiful birds at the moment, unfortunately I'm not alone and the circus that's turning up at this site is getting worse.

As I said before,it's not everyone that's door slamming and making a racket but there's enough of them to make your blood boil. In fact, I nearly came to blows with a so called pro tog who must of slammed his car door about 10 times. I would have thought if your a pro wildlife photographer you would have some sort of understanding of your subject, guess not!

Anyway,lets move on. Decent light has been hard to come by over the last few weeks but with every chance of a bit of sunshine popping through the grey clouds I've headed out to the Owl site. Some days I've only had 20 minutes of light but that's all you need, and of course,the Owl's to be flying. In my last post I mentioned that I used my 2x tele converter on my 600mm lens making it 1200mm, I don't like using this converter but I was pleasantly surprised with the results from last time. I wanted frame filling shots so I decided to keep using the converter,if the lights good and I can stop down to F10 or F11 I'll get some sharp images. It's still quite difficult though using a focal length of 1200mm on a moving subject, lots of images went in the bin but I was more than happy with my results..

On with the images...







Love these over the shoulder glances the Owl's give...



Just about to pounce on a Vole...



Taking off after an unsuccessful hunt...



Looking down the barrel of the lens, this bird is a true star...









One of my favourite images to date..



As you can see, I've had a few good sessions with the Owl's and using the 2xtc has really paid of with some nice images. It hasn't all been about the Owl's, I took a couple of trips to the Fens during the weekends. I knew the circus at the Owl site would be at it's peak and I wanted to try and get the Whooper Swans flying out from the reserve in the early morning light. Problem was,most of them flew out while it was still dark. It was very frustrating watching huge flocks of Swans fly out before the sun had started to rise,thankfully a few stragglers came past and saved the day...











After all the Swans had departed I had a drive about and came across a male Stonechat,as usual by now as it always is in this country, the light was gone. Despite the lack of light I decided to spend a bit of time photographing him.



They have a huge appetite too.. First on the menu was a Spider.



Then he consumed this huge worm, not sure how! it was longer than he was.. :-)




That's it for now, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who drop in... Cheers..