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Hummingbird Hawkmoth by cheddar-caveman

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Thanks KarenFB. They do almost stop when feeding, for the odd second, and that's when you have to get them! One thing, they are creatures of habit, always return to the same food plant so if you've seen one feeding you know where to wait, ready, and that's what I do at the end of the day, outside the office where there is a convenient flight of steps next to the Buddleia.
Oh and I just got my first Kingfisher after 70 years which I'll post now! GrinGrin

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Common Blue or Brown Argus? by cheddar-caveman

Common Blue or Brown Argus?

Ah, thanks for that. My ID books only have small U/S pictures so difficult to tell.

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Small Heath butterfly. by cheddar-caveman

Small Heath butterfly.

Thanks for that, I'll fade it and make it a bit smaller.

By: cheddar-caveman

Kingfisher by PLCimagery


Beautiful! My ambition this year is to capture a Kingfisher! Where was this taken?

By: PLCimagery

Young Buzzard by cheddar-caveman

Young Buzzard

Got a blast on the horn from a following car but it was worth it! Wink

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Withies harvest. by cheddar-caveman

Withies harvest.

It was very near to Langport M. Just over the Burrowbridge and turn left down the Stathe road. Very wet everywhere down there!

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Baby Water Vole by cheddar-caveman

Baby Water Vole

No idea how to post a bigger picture but there is one here, on a forum where it's easy to do soWink


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Bug! by cheddar-caveman


Many thanks Karen. Bug ID 100%, flower ID 0%! These plants are about 1mtr tall and have multi heads like dandelions on 3 - 4cm long branches at the top. No idea what they are I'm afraid.

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The voles are back! by cheddar-caveman

The voles are back!

Quote: Hi I have just followed your like from "How to set up your 7D" web site as I al still trying to get to grips with my 7D.

Have you any 7D tips for me?

Top shot. Regards Paul.

Depends what you are trying to photograph Paul. I'm still getting to grips with my 7D since January, I had loads of problems with "soft" shots and both the new body and my main walkabout lens (Canon 300mm f4) went back to Canon ()under warrenty) and since then I'm getting much better shots.

For "still" wildlife, like this shot, I used my 300mm f2.8 with the 2X extender, tripod mounted, and shoot in aperture priority to try and get a bit more DOF, however trying to keep the shutter above 1/150. This particular vole was under the ivy so quite dark, so I upped the ISO to 1600 and ended up at f6.3 @ 1/160. Surprised I got the DOF!

For more active wildlife, flight etc, I use shutter priority, setting the shutter to around 1/1000 and adjust the ISO for a sensible aperture, again often up to 1600. I also use spot focusing most of the time for all shots.

Hope this helps a bit. I'm no expert, just an enthusiastic amateur, and am self taught by experimenting - it costs nothing after all!

Good luck

By: cheddar-caveman

Young male, Common Blue butterfly. by cheddar-caveman

Young male, Common Blue butterfly.

How can I post my pictures larger? They are always cropped to thumbnail size!

I'll post it on the forum and see if will get any bigger......

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Duck - I'm taking off! by cheddar-caveman

Duck - I'm taking off!

Don't know how to post "large" pictures on here. They always get cropped!

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Scarab Beetle? by cheddar-caveman

Scarab Beetle?

Thanks Janet - you are absolutely correct so I have just found out from another forum!

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The swan by cheddar-caveman

The swan

Yes in hind-sight I should have gone portrait! Thanks for the suggestion. I'll give it another go next week.

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Meerkat by Markstevenson


Do I recognise this little fellow from the Exmoor Falconry centre??
Great shot. They are so cute!

By: Markstevenson

Hawkeye by nrudge


Great shot! I just love shooting birds as my protfolio will show.
Well done.

By: nrudge

Harris Hawk by cheddar-caveman

Harris Hawk

I'm not sure. There was a notice about three months ago that one had "gone missing" in our area, so this may well be that one.

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In the lily by Julialouise

In the lily

Good depth of field for a closeup.
What is the "show me your eyes challenge" you mentioned against my dragonfly closeup???

By: Julialouise

Mayfly at rest by cheddar-caveman

Mayfly at rest

Thanks for the correction!!! Of course it's a Damsel Fly, NOT a Mayfly!
Just posted the next one - he found a mate!

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Peacock Butterfly by cheddar-caveman

Peacock Butterfly

It's a question of patience! I spend time waiting and watching at my favourite sites and use the S304 zoom facility to get in close. I probably get one good pic like this one for every ten I take but who cares, they're free with digital!
I have dozens of butterfly close-ups, and plants etc as I am writing a book (one day!)for children on nature walks with my dog!

By: cheddar-caveman