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This blog is intended to follow my progress this year in my pursuit of obtaining some worthwhile bird photographs.
Very much a beginner, with limited funds but almost unlimited time, I want to capture photographs that are more than mere record shots. I am not expecting many rare or even unusual species, but want to do justice to any bird that cares to pose for me.
Wish me luck and good light.
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Sunshine at last!

Posted Monday 31st March 2008 at 14:55 by Denny Woodthorpe
Well, the sun is shining at last and spring seems to be in the air. The birds must have other things on their mind apart from visiting my feeders as I've hardly seen a bird all day. I spent two hours in the hide after lunch, without one bird coming down.
I decided to just walk around the garden with a hand-held camera equipped with a 70-300 Sigma zoom lens. The idea is to see what quality images I get with the Sigma on a typical sunny day. I will then be able to compare them with the Canon zoom (IS) that I have just ordered.
I must say, I enjoyed "stalking" the birds instead off sitting in the hide and even though the only birds I "grabbed" were a blackbird and a blue tit, I was happy with the results.
Perhaps I shouldn't tell Billie that, as I have assured her that I really do need the new lens I have ordered.
I'm hoping that the Image Stabiliser will allow me to add a 1.5 converter and still get shake-free shots. I'm assuming that IS still works with a Kenko converter.
I remember reading somewhere someone asking what would be the best improvement in camera technology people would like to see. For me it would be the elimination of noise at higher ISOs. Just think, being able to use 800 or even higher ISO and therefore a fast shutter speed in most conditions, even with a converter on! We can't rely on sunny weather in the U.K. - even with global warming! Till then, it's tripod time.
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