Not the best of....

30th January 2011
months to be honest, firstly the weather's been awful and on top of not being able to get out with the camera that much, my job's gone tits up. Network Rail have decided to restructure the business and this has displaced me in a depot I don't want to be in and a job I don't want to do. What's amazes me is that they have spent thousands on my training only to put me in a post that I will need training all over again! Go figure that one out...

Anyway, enough of that, back to the photography. As I was saying the weather's been awful since mid December so chances of getting out have been far and few between but I did managed to get back onto the Waxwings over the Xmas break. Berries are in short supply now so the Waxwings are getting harder to find and I was fortunate to find a few birds in the carpark of my local Plum centre shop. As usual the light was pretty poor but I gave it a go as they were not only feeding from the trees but also the bushes and off the floor..





It was good to get them at eye level but I was cursing the light....









By the time they started feeding on the floor, I was shooting on a high ISO setting and a wide open aperture, which I hate to do...







A few Redwings had also turned up...





It seemed an age before we got a decent weather forecast but when it finally arrived I headed out to my Barn Owl area. On arrival I saw a couple of Owls out and got a few more post shots for the stock but I wont bore you with them. Light again first thing was a bit flat which made getting flight shots a bit difficult but I grabbed a few in between the sun popping in and out....



The Owls didn't stay out for too long and you could have put money on the sun coming out as soon as they were in, typical! I drove around for a bit looking for something to point the lens at before spotting about 6 Lapwings feeding in a field. I pulled up and positioned the lens on the bean bag and started the long wait for the Lapwings to get into range. After several hours all I had was a few shots, they just wouldn't come close enough for a full frame image with the 600mm and 1.4xtc, that's a focal lenght of 820mm. By now the light was at it's best so I decided to try the 2xtc, I never normally use this extender, everything has to be spot on to get a decent image with it, plus you have to dial in an aperture of at least F14 to get the sharpness which in turn slows done your shutter speed and on a focal length of 1200mm it isn't a good thing to do. Still I had nothing to lose and it turned out to be the right decision for once...









Happy with my Lapwing shots I headed off looking for the Owls again, the sun was starting to set and the the sky was all oranges and reds, perfect for some Barn Owl silhouettes I thought... Unfortunately for me a couple of Landscape photographers were looking for the perfect sunset shot too! They ended up walking all over the place and this put the Barn Owls off and pushed them away from my area... Oh well, you win some you lose some....



Thanks for looking....