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Photos from Leighton Moss: a few more birds

Discussion in 'Birds' started by alanhill, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. The last shots I'm posting from my visits to this reserve last week. All shots D200 and 300mm f/4 Nikkor on top of a Manfrotto monopod, except for the first.

    Redshank, photographed from one of the hides beside a coastal scrape.
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/400s    ISO 100

    Willow warbler. The sharp-eyed will notice that it looks almost identical to the chiffchaff that Phillip200 posted yesterday (although my shots are not nearly as good as his :frown:) . The easy way to tell them apart is their songs - the willow warbler has a pretty tune, but the chiffchaff just repeats its name.
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/6.3    1/250s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/4.0    1/640s    ISO 100

    Great tit (near the feeders)
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/6.3    1/125s    ISO 100

    Cock pheasant
    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/4.5    1/200s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/5.0    1/200s    ISO 100

    A handsome fellow who posed nicely. No field skills were necessary to get close to him, thousands of hand-reared pheasants are released each year for shooting: I'm afraid this guy is too tame to live long once the season opens :Sad:
    I hadn't realised that a crowing pheasant closes it eyes, until I looked at this last shot.
    Comments welcome.

  2. Hokum


    Jun 20, 2006
    Pennines UK
    Nice Shots, alan, the Pheasant, is very nice. Nice Red shank, esp as you where shooting with a 300mm.
  3. TimK


    Apr 17, 2006
    Hong Kong, China
    Good captures, Alan. Very nice color and details!
  4. Thank you. I had two good days at Leighton Moss. I just wish the marsh harriers had come closer and that I hadn't dipped out on the avocets :Sad: I'll just have to go back again :Happy:

  5. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Nice work Alan
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