Hi to everyone.
Its great to get the camera out and get some shots do love the Blue-Tits Great & Coal Tits.Also love to get some macro shots in when possible but it looks like Essex is left behind when it comes to Butterflies a lot more variety in the west side of London.
I have been asked quite a few times if I use an IR beem for the bird's in flight shots the answer is no I have tried one in the past but I think they are to hit and miss I do better without one.
I do like to try and get some of the more rare hard to get Butterflies from time to time Purple Hairstreak / Black Hairstreak/ White-letter Hairstreak / Holly blue ok you don't always get the desired background because allot of them live up in the trees your lucky just to get a shot sometimes. But nice to see from the normal run of the mill.
I find the web site very interesting and I get some great inspiration from looking at what other photographers have done their is certainly some talent on here.
But I think EPZ has gone down hill since Pete Bargh is not in charge of it now. I can remember nearly every evening the members on line would go over the 200 mark and their was a lot more voting going on the web site was buzzing big time. Now the site seems to struggle getting to 70 or 80 on line no one is doing a lot of voting as much now on any photos. It was pleasing to get the odd award from the EPZ team and quite a few over the years it made my day and a lot of other members day's when they got awards from the EPZ team also, Now awards from the team are like gold dust I don't know why maybe they just can't be bothered with it and I see more people disable their voting and can't be bothered with it all.
This is just a list for my own reference of what birds I have photographed. Blue tit, Coal tit, Great tit,Bearded tit, Long-tailed tit, Crested tit, Greenfinch. Robin, Chaffinch, Swallow, Starling, Wren, Nuthatch, Red Kite, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, Siskin, Wood warbler, Willow warbler, Meadow Pipit, Reed Warbler, Dartford warbler, Kingfisher, Mistle thrush, Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Barn owl, Stonechat, Little owl, Yellowhammer, Linnet,Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, White throat, Female Blackcap, Wheatear, Corn Bunting,