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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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Snapping at last

Posted Wednesday 16th April 2008 at 17:28 by Denny Woodthorpe
Well, the grandchildren have gone back (miss them but my back is getting better!). The weather is not too bad and the shopping has been done, so I have at last had chance to do a bit of photography from my temporary hide.
I set a large green cloth up as a background (still not too happy about it) and hung a feeder up from a branch fastened to a fishing bankstick. I "hid" under a fishing umbrella covered with a large piece of camouflage netting.
The sun only shines in this corner of the site for a few hours each day, so I have set up a flash unit (FP flash at 500th of a second). I am still working out the best exposure settings and distance to the background.
I've had the feeder up for a few days and was pleased to see greenfinches, blue tits and great tits visiting it. I even had two goldfinches visit, but only got a shot of one of them on the feeder as neither would sit on the perch.
Several hours work and I managed one photo I was happy with - a nice portrait shot of a greenfinch.
Golf tomorrow, then back home for a week, so I will have to try again there in the back garden.
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