Monday, 2 November 2009

Swifts and House Martins

Great sunshine last Sunday gave me an opportunity to aim my fixed aperture f8 Minolta 500mm lens at the sky and try photograph some birds in flight.

A few mallards flew past giving me some ok shots….SONY DSC

Some even came too close for my camera`s comfort!

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However, my real target was the swifts which have been increasing in numbers over Blackberry hill.

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as you can see from the image above, most of my shots were out of focus…..

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The swifts were just too swift for my camera`s auto focus….

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I tried shifting to manual focus and got a half decent shot…but with the success I was having, I decided that such fast birds were not for the current setup I had.

I was about to head off when I noticed a flash of white among the all black swifts. I also noticed that these birds were much slower in flight.

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These slower birds turned out to be house martins.

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I couldn’t get closer, but hopefully I`ll get some better shots soon. Last July I had also photographed swallows on Blackberry hill. I wonder if all three will stay together in a season.


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