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The Birds


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The Birds

28 Apr 2020 10:06AM   Views : 453 Unique : 294

Clear skies, no pesky aircraft around, it must seem like a Golden Age to our bird population. The garden normally sees quite a few feathered visitors, but they do seem to have increased in numbers since Lockdown. We have a family of very hefty looking wood pigeons, and speaking of wood pigeons whenever I ask Siri for a picture of them she shows me a picture of my mum. Therefore, I logically reach the conclusion that my mum is a wood pigeon. Very strange....but Siri wouldn't lie, would she?

Thinking about the photography though, it's an ideal opportunity to place some seed at a suitable point, sit down with camera and coffee and just wait for the opportunities. Don't dispair if you don't have a mega-telephoto lens, because frankly we can never have a lens long enough for long range bird photography and most shots are from much closer locations. The best shots I have ever seen of kingfishers, for example, have been shot with a 100mm macro lens from just a few feet away. A licensed shoot I hasten to add.

So let's have a look at some birds, shot using Pentax bodies and lenses, sometimes even the diminutive Q series. These are not necessarily from my garden!

Red Crested Pochard




Another Robin



So Happy Together

Woodpecker at Lunch

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