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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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A Certain Lack of Birds

Posted Monday 8th November 2010 at 14:32 by Denny Woodthorpe
I've not been able to sit and watch the birds in the garden for a week, as the grandchildren have been over on a visit. We had a great week with them though and I do actually prefer them to starlings!
Now it is all peace and quiet again, I thought I would put the camera out over the weekend and see what other visitors I could get.
Not much really. The usual Goldfinches, a female blackbird and lots of starlings (I'm sure they spoke Russian).
Light was very dull, so I thought I would use off-camera FP flash. Exposure was good, but I'm getting hard shadows. I would love to be able to afford another flash that supports FP flash, so I could use it on low power to lighten the shadows, but it will have to wait a while.
It is raining today and while I could cover everything in plastic bags, I just can't be bothered getting wet as I set it all up. I know it is not the attitude to take if I want great photos, but it just does not seem worth it for the few birds I'm getting at the moment.
Once the colder weather sets in I hope the variety of birds will increase.
Don't get me wrong, I love to see the ones I'm getting now, but I already have loads of photos of Goldfinches and Starlings.
When my daughter and her family came over from Belgium for the week, she calmly announced that she has two Crested Tits visiting the feeders in her garden! We will be going out to see them in March, so I told her to make sure she carries on feeding them until then.
I am considering putting seeds out in a tray on the floor for the ground feeders, but I do not want to attract rats. I know I could bring the tray in every night, but it is remembering to do it. I had a rat in the garden last year and eventually got rid of it (poison under the shed where I had seen it) but don't really want to have to go through all that again.
I think I will try it and see how I get on remembering.
We haven't seen the Great Spotted Woodpecker for two weeks now. I hope he returns soon.
Ah, well, back to the comfy chair in the conservatory, a cup of tea and a pair of binoculars.
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