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…
For all those that have missed the previous post, I am running a great day photographing birds of prey at the Barn Owl Centre, Gloucestershire on Sunday 6th October.
Please see my previous post for the details here: BIRD OF PREY WORKSHOPS
If anyone is interested please get in touch with me.
A few days ago I posted about my new bird of prey photography workshops. For those who have expressed interest already here are the details. If you are interested in this great workshop please contact me using this link here: CONTACT IAN
Here is the advertisement:
With some very recent meetings I’m pleased to announce that I am now offering Bird of Prey photography workshops in Gloucestershire.
Five hours + five species = lots of great images.
Watch this space for more details or contact me for more information here: CONTACT IAN
To end the weekend, image 050, shows a Red Kite in full stretch. Such a beautiful bird to watch and always a pleasure to photograph as they soar around massive expanses of blue sky. Photographing this individual in late evening light, I waited till the bird started to bank, and fired off a round of shots as it got into the perfect position.
Red Kite, Milvus milvus, Rhayader, Powys, Wales, January, 2011.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens.