The sun was shining on the North West today, so down to Pennington Flash we went. The Flash is a lake resulting from subsidence. There's been a lot of coal mining in the past and the ground has seriously subsided in many places.
Around the flash are various hides, so we went to practice our bird photography. Sue was using the Pentax K-5 with the Tokina 80-400mm zoom lens. I was using the K-5 with the SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm. The extra length of Sue's lens was quite an advantage, so I'm looking forward to the rumoured Pentax 135-380mm lens. That should be perfect for this sort of photography.
Today the results were better, so some improvement is coming along, but it's all down to practice, practice, practice. I was using ISO 1600 or 3200 to keep the shutter speed up and fairly wide apertures to help achieve the same. -0.3 or -0.7 EV was dialled in and the camera WB set to Daylight.
Here's some of my efforts: