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Old Monday 16th October 2017, 14:42   #151
Farnboro John
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Popped into the Forest of Dean on the way back from the Rock Thrush on Saturday and had a brief view of two Wild Boar belting across the path into a pine plantation - disturbed between 6 and 20 as I continued, but they all ran away from the path rather than across it.

Foxes have been very regular (pleased to see us back after 2 weeks away on Shetland I should think) and I'll put one or two of the first shots with the new rig up later.

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Old Monday 16th October 2017, 16:31   #152
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Picture of White Tip taken with the new rig (under red light) as promised. The point is that this is auto-focused in sufficient darkness that it isn't possible without the rig. Range is about seven or eight yards but the red light will do it at double that at least and the white light out to fifty yards or more without using the top setting (important as that is alleged to be potentially capable of damage, though I think they mean if you flash it right in someone's face).

For the record I use -2/3 stop exposure comp on both camera and flash to keep reflection from the animal's eye to a minimum. With any nocturnal beast that has a tapetum lucidum this is essential as the eye will not just white out but actually project light like some eerie sci-fi monster in your photo. Foxes are terrible for this! The best solution is to photograph them when they aren't looking straight at you, but that is quite difficult to achieve when they are focusing on you in anticipation of food.

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