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I spent about five hours there today.
The harsh sunlight, combined with the snow covered fields(the backdrop) made any decent photography impossible.The light was reflecting all over the place. A decent bit of cloud cover wouldn't have gone amiss.
Anyway, now that everything is set up, it gave me a good chance to evaluate things and any other adjustments that are needed.
The good thing was the amount of birds about, that were visiting the feeders
A few did land on the props, but were no goers due to the extreme light conditions.
There is one option I came up with just before I left and that is to sort of back shoot with some camo netting up as a backdrop, to conceal the branches etc; I did take a few pics of the LTT's from that position, but only on the feeders.(See image below)
Visiting the feeders and feeding area were:-
Extremely pleased considering the feeders were only set up eight days ago and the feeding table yesterday.
The one thing I did notice was the fact that the birds did not seem phased by my presence if they saw me. The guy who owns the place, called by on his way to do some logging and he said that there had hardly been any human presence for years in the part that I am using and that was probably why.
I saw a couple of hares in the distance, chasing each other across the snow covered field and heard a GSW, but did not see him/her
Off there in the morning to have a crack at the back shooting and to refill the feeders.
With a bit of luck the snow will have gone from the fields by next weekend and I should have(hopefully) a good lightish brown backdrop.
Must remember to take the compact with me tomorrow to take a shot of the set-up
Thankyou for taking the time to read