230/365 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus


One from the weekend at a falconry centre where a green background just didn’t cut it.  I decided to use a grey barn door behind the Peregrine Falcon as it acted as a very effective stormy cloud backdrop.

Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS and Canon 1.4x III teleconverter.

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Canon EOS 1D Mk4 and Canon ET 1000 N3 extension cable for sale


Hi all,

I have for sale my trusted Canon EOS 1D Mk4 for sale. it is in excellent condition and has been extremely very well looked after as it has looked after me.  It has 110,000 on its shutter life and sensor is perfectly clean.

Details of it are here: http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/genuine-canon-eos-1d-mark-4-1d4-1d-mk4-professional-camera-body/1083366696

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Also, I have a canon ET 1000 N3 10m extension lead in perfect condition that is for sale:

http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/original-genuine-canon-et-1000-n3-10m-extension-cable/1083367133

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if anybody is interested, please either pass these links on or please get in touch with me.

Thanks

Article: How to photograph Black Redstart


I have just finished an article on how I photographed a pair of Black Redstarts in a Hungarian garden in June.  Lots of information and details included for those who are interesting in setting something like this up from start to finish.

The pdf can be downloaded by following this link to my website:

How to photograph Black Redstart

Black Redstart

5 raptors over Bilston!! Impossible….. or is it?


I’m sitting here writing this as a very happy person.

Wanting to do a bit of birdwatching this afternoon I decided to do a migration watch from the garden. The sun was quite hot so I thought it was good conditions for migratory birds of prey.  Sitting in the garden for an hour I had a single Peregrine being mobbed by a Kestrel, which I’m presuming is one from the Peregrine pair in Birmingham.  A Sparrowhawk flew through the garden made another bird of prey.  This was followed by 2 Buzzards catching a thermal but they were lost to view after about 2 minutes.  Relocating the 2 Buzzards again there was a third bird that had joined them.  This bird was slightly larger, noticeably longer winged and white underneath. An Osprey!! Grabbing my camera very quickly, I managed to get some very distant (and I mean distant!!) record shots of the individual.  Blowing the images up to 200%, I made out the slivery pattern on the upperwing and a lack of a sub terminal band on the tail making this a juvenile Osprey! Fantastic! Another tick for the garden bringing the total up to 69! I wonder what the next garden tick will be… 

Camera equipment for sale


Hey all

Time for a clean out so I’ve got some photography equipment for sale so please check the individual items and send me a message or an email if you are interested. 

CANON 20D with Canon EF-S f/3.5-5.6 kit lens: http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/canon-20d-with-canon-ef-s-18-55mm-f35-56-kit-lens/1076991265

CANON EOS 40D body with Canon BG-E2 battery grip: 
http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/genuine-canon-eos-40d-body-only-with-genuine-canon-bg-e2-battery-grip/1076760984

CANON ET 1000 N3 10m extension cable: 
http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/canon-et-1000-n3-10m-extension-cable/1076968202

SMARTDISK Flashtrax XT40GB portable harddrive:http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/smartdisk-flashtrax-xt-40-gb-portable-harddrive-media-player-usb-20/1076763033

4 x INTERFIT Stellar X 600W studio lights with accessories:

I’ve split this kit into two lots of 2 lights:

One set here: http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/2-x-interfit-stellar-x-600w-lights-with-studio-accessories/1076983782

and the other here: http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/2-x-interfit-stellar-x-600w-lights-with-studio-accessories/1077602407

If you are interested in these or making me a sensible offer on anything please drop me a line.

Many thanks

Ian

228/365 Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax


Using a prime lens will always have its advantages and disadvantages with photography.  Sharpness, focus speed and lens quality is a great factor to have but with closer subjects focal length and minimum focussing distances comes in to play.  This was the case with this juvenile Night Heron.

This individual came within the minimum 4.5m focussing distance of the 500mm f/4 lens I was using.  Attaching a 25mm extension tube (giving me 25% closer focus), this brought the subject back in focus again.  The Night Heron was still huge in the frame but I wasn’t able to zoom out or move further back.  Keeping the focussing point over the eye and creating the best composition was all I could do in this situation.  This is one of the images I achieved.

Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, Hungary, June, 2014.
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 25mm extension tube.

 

228/365 Night Heron