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Have you done the RSPB Great Garden Birdwatch yet? there is still time ? @Natures_Voice #BigGardenBirdwatch

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

2017-01-29-10_28_19-biggardenbirdwatch-hashtag-on-twitterhere are my results:-

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Woody Woodpecker - Great spotted woodpecker

Friday, February 26th, 2016

This is the Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), which visits my nuts, at two o’clock - regular as clockwork every day. Currently, as I’ve some time on my hands, I resulted to more bird watching, to occupy my time. I’ve actually been waiting for him, to return – because I now have my ’scope setup – attached to a smart phone. This is approximately 100 metres away, also recorded through double glazing, whilst I’m in my lounge in the chair, with my feet up, and a hot chocolate. I’m still not happy with the overall results, but these are my first attempts.

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the video is a little better…

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Collared dove from above

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

This is a picture of one of our tame Collared doves in the garden!

Collared Dove on bee hive

Collared Dove on bee hive

Not quite feeding out of my hand, but I’m sure it will soon. This was without zoom, I was that close, when I took the picture.

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Whilst Andy was sleeping in the Ilkeliani Camp, Masai Mara!

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Whilst I was sleeping, Lindsey took this picture, of a Robin Chat, it’s either a Rüppell’s Robin-Chat (Cossypha semirufa) or White-browed Robin-Chat (Cossypha heuglini).

Rüppell's Robin-Chat (Cossypha semirufa) or White-browed Robin-Chat (Cossypha heuglini)

Rüppell's Robin-Chat (Cossypha semirufa) or White-browed Robin-Chat (Cossypha heuglini)

Ilkeliani Camp - Masai Mara National Reserve

Location of Ilkeliani Camp, on the Talek River - Masai Mara National Reserve

The Talek River was the location, that the BBC filmed Bella the Leopard in Big Cat Live!

and these pictures of me sleeping outside the tent, were taken at Ilkeliani Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve. It had been a long day, with a 4.30am start, and Balloon Ride across the Masai Mara National Reserve,  traditional Balloon flight Champagne breakfast, followed by a long game drive until 4.00pm, and then Andy was knackered!

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Note the banana skins left in the ash tray, later the Gibbons came, and s**t all over the porch and chairs, and sun lounger, and through the ash tray round the back of the tent! I forgot we were in Africa, and Wild Animals were around, you don’t get that issue in England!

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My Summer Grey Heron

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Travelling to the office everyday during the summer months, I regularly spotted a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), early morning and afternoon, resident on the Bishop Burton pond, feeding on the many fish present. At first I thought it was a captive bird, that had it’s wings clipped, because despite the amount of traffic that passed everyday, it did not seem to be distracted. When I decided to start putting the camera and tripod in the car, it was never present. Sadly, I no longer see the heron any more, in the early mornings, and I hope it will return in the Spring/Summer next year.

Finally, in September 2012, I managed to capture these photographs in the rain, with my Canon 350D DSLR, and 17-85mm and 75-300mm.

Grey Heron resident on Bishop Burton pond

Grey Heron resident on Bishop Burton pond

Grey Heron on Bishop Burton pond (75-300mm)

Grey Heron on Bishop Burton pond (75-300mm)

Grey Heron on Bishop Burton pond (75-300mm)

Grey Heron on Bishop Burton pond (75-300mm)

Grey Heron on Bishop Burton pond (75-300mm)

Grey Heron on Bishop Burton pond (75-300mm)

Whilst, I was taking these pictures the Heron, was very aware of my presence, and started to move off, shortly after taking these photographs. So it’s clearly got used to the traffic. If you Google, there are photos of a Heron on/in/around the pond, as far back as 2008-2009, I’m not sure if it’s the same bird, they live for approx 5 years, so it could be!

Next time I see Chris Packham or Simon King, I’ll need to ask them if I can borrow their 1500mm lens!

Until next Spring/Summer 2013!

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Robin delays me tidying my greenhouse!

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Weather is bad, more rain, allotment is probably washed out again, so time to turn my attentions to tidying up the damaged green house in my garden.

I started to tidy the greenhouse, and noticed a Robin (Erithacus rubecula) had taken up residence on the nest, with three/four chicks!

Oh dear, I’ll have to delay that job then!

greenhouse, needs a tidy!

greenhouse, needs a tidy!

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Doves from above!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

A few pictures of the Doves that nest in our front garden every year, next to the pear tree.

Two young Collared Dove 'Streptopelia decaocto'

Parent and young Collared Dove 'Streptopelia decaocto' on the nest

A young Collared Dove 'Streptopelia decaocto'

A young Collared Dove 'Streptopelia decaocto'

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Goldfinch feeding on dandelion seeds

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Single Goldfinch feeding on Dandelion seeds

Single Goldfinch feeding on Dandelion seeds

I spotted a pair of Goldfinches, land on the ground today, which is unusual and they were feeding plucking the dandelion seeds from a dandelion. You can just make out the dandelion in front of the bird, and one seed floating in the wind.

I quickly lept for my DSLR, and changed to a 300mm lens, hand-held, no tripod, on max, taken through the kitchen window!

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Have a little Patience!

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Yes, I know it’s from the lyrics’ - Take That’s Patience, but it seems very fitting here …..

I’ve been experimenting with taking photographs of birds for a while, but the problem I’ve always had is how to get close-ups photographs of the subject, without disturbing them whilst they feed on the feeders, I don’t have a bird hide or jacket yet, in the past I’ve used remote control to fire the camera, but the birds were suspicious of the camera when it was too close to the feeders, and they wouldn’t feed. I do have a spotting ’scope, and with a camera adaptor mounted on a digital SLR, I’ve been experimenting with the camera in manual, and manual focus for many months. I think these are the best shots I’m going to get until I purchase that big Canon Lens!

and before you critique the following photographs, please remember the birds were photographed at 100m, in manual focus, manual exposure, and remotely fired to avoid camera shake on the tripod!

Great Tit on peanuts

Great Tit on peanuts

Goldfinchs and Sparrows on niger

Goldfinchs and Sparrows on niger

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NEWSFLASH! Goldfinch’s nest in garden Exclusive photographs and Webcam

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Since April 2009, I’ve had Goldfinches visiting my garden regularly feeding on the Nyjer seed, before April 2009, I’d never seen Goldfinches in my garden. This weekend Lindsey told me she had seen Goldfinches around the Magnolia tree and the telephone wire (maybe this is why broadband playing up!). On further examination, I discovered a nest in the Magnolia tree, and to may amazement a few minutes later visited regularly by a pair of Goldfinches.

Goldfinch birds nest in Magnolia tree

Goldfinch birds nest in Magnolia tree

Goldfinch on the nest

Goldfinch on the nest

So time to get some tek out to get some pictures for the web…. (some time passes and ….)

I’m still trying to get better photographs, but at present my Canon EOS 350D Digital SLR is connected to my Leica APO Televid 77mm Spotting Scope using a Leica Photo Adaptor, this seven element adaptor converts the Leica Televid into an 800mm telephoto lens, with a focal ratio f/10. It’s then used with a T2 Ring adaptor to connect to the body of the DSLR. (no autofocus, strictly manual mode, and the camera in Av mode). The DSLR is tethered to a Windows XP Professional virtual workstation using an active USB 2.0 cable using Canon EOS Utility to remotely control the camera and take the photographs every 30 seconds and upload them to the workstation. (I’m using a virtual workstation, because the Canon software doesn’t spport Vista 64-bit). A bunch of scripts and other tek is then used to upload them to the webserver.

If you look at the right hand side panel, you’ll see the images taken every thirty seconds, if you are lucky, you’ll see the goldfinches on the nest.

The magnolia tree (nest) is approximately 40-50 feet from the camera.

The only issue, is ther DSLR runs on batteries, because I’ve not got a DC coupler for it! I’m also looking for a 30mm - 42mm Step-up ring to connect the Firewire CAM which would be better, I’ll not where out the shutter!

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