184/365 Whiskered Tern … Chlidonias hybrida


Hi folks. Its been a while since I’ve posted anything as I’ve been to Hungary visiting lots of new sites for running photographic tours next year. The first processed image is that of a pair of Whiskered Terns. I’m glad I didn’t have the converter on! There were so many Whiskered Terns flying around it was hard to concentrate on which one to photograph. Luckily this pair dropped in to this perch in front of the hide. 

If any body would like any information on forthcoming trips please contact me and I will add you to the mailing list. 

Whiskered Tern, Chlidonias hybrida, Hungary, June, 2013.
Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens, 1/1600 at f/4.5 at ISO1600.

184/365 Whiskered Tern

168/365 Red footed Falcon


Another image like the Turtle Dove here showing the technique where the background is lit and the subject is in shade. This time the subject is a female Red footed Falcon.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.

Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, Hortobagy, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

167/365 Turtle Dove


A technique I’ve been using more and more recently is where the conditions in the background are bright and the subject is in shadow. Here is an image of a Turtle Dove in such conditions.

Turtle Dove, Streptopelia turtur, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 5d mk3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II lens and Canon 1.4x III converter.

166/365 Grey Heron


Another image of a Grey Heron taken with the Canon 100mm macro lens. Wanting a composition that was slightly different, I placed the heron in the bottom right of the image to show off the clouds in the background.

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

 

165/365 Grey Heron


Photographing birds with a shorter focal length is always difficult due to the shy nature of most species. Using a hide at water level this Grey Heron proved to be too close to photograph with a 500mm so I swapped to a 100mm macro lens just at the moment of take off.

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

159/365 Great White Egret


One of my presentations I give to various groups is how to use different lenses to achieve different results.  Rather than using longer lenses to capture intimate close ups I decided to use the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens to capture the behaviour of this group of egrets.  Although it is a dedicated macro lens you can still use this lens as a shorter focal length for capturing shots like these.  The f/2.8 aperture of the lens also gives you fast focussing which is essential in these fast action scenarios.

Great White Egret, Ardea alba, Putstazer, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 5D Mk3 and Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

158/365 Chaffinch bathing


Spending some time at a drinking pool can give you all sorts of imagery.  All birds will at some point come down to drink and bathe, more so than others.  The smaller garden birds such as the finches and tits will come down regularly where there is a constant water source.  Here a male Chaffinch is bathing in the shallow water.

Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs, Putstazer, Hungary, June, 2012
Canon 5d mK3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.