Thursday, 13 November 2008

Some get snapped some get away!

I gathered up enough courage to put off the guilt of birding on a workday and headed out to Blackberry hill this afternoon…and what an afternoon it was!

As soon as I got off my cycle, a green woodpecker flew past me. I almost cried out to it to stop and pose. I think it heard me for it flew to the one tree without cover and sat there. I dumped my cycle and half walked half sneaked half stumbled while clicking away.

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The light wasn’t great but I got my shots before it flew away..what a beautiful bird! More shots of it to come.

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I chose a slightly different route this time and it led me adjacent to the woods which seemed to be teeming with birds. There were flocks of song thrushes (correction: see next post) mixing noisily with blackbirds and finches. However these birds are very cautious and wouldn’t give me a clear shot. I finally managed a good one.

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I noticed there were huge numbers of them in flocks. I suppose they must be newly arrived migrants.

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There were huge flocks of goldfinches too, and they were not shy, but with them hardly sitting still, it was hard to get a good shot.

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As I moved on, i suddenly noticed a bit of colour flashing in the branches and immediately recognised this bullfinch. This is my first sighting of a bullfinch on Blackberry hill and also the first time one has come within my camera range.

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It was a good way off and with so many twigs and branches in front, focussing was difficult.

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however, even though not perfect, the autofocus seemed to do alright.

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…and i got some alright looking shots.

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Just as the Bullfinch went its way, this Jay turned up…

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..notice the two berries in its beak…anyone knows what they are?

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There were others that got away and one was this black cap. It was quite a distance away, and I`m amazed that the lens was able to pick it up at all.

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..but it never gave me a frontal pose., unlike this chaffinch below.

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finally, as I was returning, I saw movement in the distance and was wondering what it was. I had to take a pic through my 500mm lens and then zoom in to solve the mystery…any guesses?

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…it was a squirrel hanging upside down!


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