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The Coppice-Saturday update

tomcat > tomcat Blog > The Coppice-Saturday update
20/02/2010 - 7:29 PM

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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.SadThe 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 feedersSmile
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:-

Great tit
Blue tit
Longtailed tit
Willow tit

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




Mynett  7142 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 8:35 PM

Well that is all pretty positive and a nice enough shot of the LTT

I am so pleased for you, and it looks set now for the photo's to follow, I do envy you seeing hare on the field too, who knows what wildlife you will encounter yet.

well done Adrian, and we will watch this space.....


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tomcat Plus Member 96361 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 8:38 PM

We have Badger watch to come once the evenings warm up a tadSmile and the Tawnys too

Last Modified By tomcat at 20 Feb 2010 - 8:40 PM
TerryMcK  671 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 9:19 PM

Adrian, it seems to me that you have found yourself an exceptional site in the Coppice. With a lack of human presence over a long period, there will be a great potential for some wonderful natural wildlife photography. Grin

tomcat Plus Member 96361 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 9:45 PM

...and you will be my first vistor Terry Tongue

Terry L
Terry L Plus Member 11581 forum postsTerry L vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2010 - 8:17 PM

Such good news Adrian, I am really pleased that this venture is working out well. Look forward to reading and seeing the progress.


Shroomer  8 England167 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 8:28 PM

This is sounding more like heaven every day Adrian, must find a nice farmer so I can leave my hide permanently set up with peace of mind. Had a pair of Goldcrests at ours today, guess what no camera just refilling peanut nibs...dam

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