Wednesday, 16 January 2019
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Can you name this bird I snapped
With camera phone this morning.

The smallest I've ever seen.
:-)

http://i64.tinypic.com/mhd4s2.jpg
2 years ago
I've been having a bit of a moan, everyone saying about the painted ladies and I hadn't seen one despite having two budlia bushes in flower. That all changed this morning though, when I had four arrive, they are nice to see. Still like the peacocks the best but nice to have a few different ones.
2 years ago
This week has seen a massive increase in butterflies and moths in my garden..but today for first time had a flock of 10-12 siskins flitting about the bottom of garden for ages I think feeding off birch trees which there is a couple among the mountain ash trees was lovely to see
2 years ago
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Ta CCU, I kept getting a black screen when I pressed the photo icon for some reason, was just deciding whether to write in the code or bin it :)

Lovely little birds siskins, one of my favourites.
2 years ago
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190804/264e761f204fb229fc6ad797af95d30b.jpg

Ta CCU, I kept getting a black screen when I pressed the photo icon for some reason, was just deciding whether to write in the code or bin it :)

Lovely little birds siskins, one of my favourites.


Yup stunning little birds flit about in very similar fashion to blue tits and not much bigger ..that looks like a hen bumble the cocks aren even more green with a black crown..well chuffed to have them in garden not bad considering the M62 runs along the bottom of garden
2 years ago
https://i.postimg.cc/Y2vKqPV8/photostudio-1564954416644.jpg

Peacocks are a stunning butterfly and they too are plentyful this summer .
Took this with sony camera phone
2 years ago
That is stunning I must admit I'm not up on butterflies all I have is a garden full of cabbage whites seen a pale blue one yesterday nothing as exotic looking as that ..if out walking I'm usually to busy looking at birds and probably miss them fab photos Alan
2 years ago
Work has had to be curtailed due to these bonny little Swallow chicks making this their starter home.
Can't be too far away from the off as there's a lot of flapping and vocals are increasing by the day :-D
https://i.postimg.cc/BvXYFvyb/photostudio-1567020579547.jpg
2 years ago
Yup look ready to jump Alan amazing to think in just another month those youngsters will be heading off to Africa for the winter
2 years ago
The decline of small birds has been a travesty , domesticated Cats are a huge cause of this , along with the decline of other wild life is so sad to see, I've actually sectioned off a small area of my Garden and let it grow wild , It's full of life and when it's flowers its actually very pretty. In Newcastle they are allowing small sections greenery to grow wild to promotes this life .
2 years ago
Was it Hull where the local council have planted wild flowers on the central reservation of dual carriageways and the like?

More places should do it...
2 years ago
The decline of small birds has been a travesty , domesticated Cats are a huge cause of this , along with the decline of other wild life is so sad to see, I've actually sectioned off a small area of my Garden and let it grow wild , It's full of life and when it's flowers its actually very pretty. In Newcastle they are allowing small sections greenery to grow wild to promotes this life .


My garden is so wild that if I were to cut it down then around several species of various wildlife would cease to exist and I would have camera crews round here with David Bellamy going radge.

I need one of those adverts on the tv where if you give me a tenner a month then Billy the Bullfinch will send you a letter letting you know how he is.
2 years ago
The decline of small birds has been a travesty , domesticated Cats are a huge cause of this , along with the decline of other wild life is so sad to see, I've actually sectioned off a small area of my Garden and let it grow wild , It's full of life and when it's flowers its actually very pretty. In Newcastle they are allowing small sections greenery to grow wild to promotes this life .


Nice to hear Happy we can all do a little bit even a window box can attract insects and birds i had birds nesting among strawberry plants in a window box under kitchen window this year..it's such a shame when I see gardens paved over or that bloody artificial grass your wild area will bring so much to your garden im going to bury a half barrel at end of one of my borders to create a small pond to attract frogs who in turn I'm hoping will gobble up snails and slugs that the hedgehogs miss and nibble my hostas

I bet your wild area grows bigger in years to come
2 years ago
Was it Hull where the local council have planted wild flowers on the central reservation of dual carriageways and the like?

More places should do it...

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-48772448

https://plantlife.love-wildflowers.org.uk/roadvergecampaign
2 years ago
Any thoughts on this staged winner of the calender comp this year.

Bit unfair on the many who put the hours in to get their shots maybe the beeb should have mentioned the entries studio type location before the votes where cast.
It's a corker of a photo but not exactly in the spirit of things.

https://twitter.com/BBCCountryfile/status/1178363775298215936?s=19
2 years ago
I think a lot of folk would realise it was staged.

How often do you see an apple hollowed out like that. . . . sitting on perfectly green moss, that doesn't have brown dead vegetation mixed in with it? How likely would it be to get eye contact with a mouse on the floor, a chance shot would have had a much higher viewpoint, you would have been shooting looking down on the back.

The biggest problem with allowing a photo like this is that it needed a registered handler for the mice. Not some one most folk have access to, and it would be sad if it encourages folk to bring in wild animals to photograph.

It would be difficult to ban studio shots, if things were staged to look more natural than this photo it would be difficult to prove it was staged, particularly when the photograph has so little background to it.

It would be difficult to draw the line, can you still use a hide, feed the subject to encourage them to be in the right place, in the end what is completely natural?

In the end there were 12 photos, most would have been staged in one way or another but they were all faboulous shots, each so good, that in the end it's only personal preference that chooses the winner.
2 years ago
Next year I'll get the Siberian tiger rug from in front of the fire and get my daughter to run around the garden with it and take a few snaps,maybe something artistic like taking a dump in the bird bath :)
Don't really buy into the idea that domestic cats are really that much of a problem when it comes to the reduction of bird numbers.
The devastating loss of food due to the massive reduction of insects must dwarf the cat issue.
Don't really buy into the idea that domestic cats are really that much of a problem when it comes to the reduction of bird numbers.
The devastating loss of food due to the massive reduction of insects must dwarf the cat issue.
2 years ago
I think a lot of folk would realise it was staged.

How often do you see an apple hollowed out like that. . . . sitting on perfectly green moss, that doesn't have brown dead vegetation mixed in with it? How likely would it be to get eye contact with a mouse on the floor, a chance shot would have had a much higher viewpoint, you would have been shooting looking down on the back.

The biggest problem with allowing a photo like this is that it needed a registered handler for the mice. Not some one most folk have access to, and it would be sad if it encourages folk to bring in wild animals to photograph.

It would be difficult to ban studio shots, if things were staged to look more natural than this photo it would be difficult to prove it was staged, particularly when the photograph has so little background to it.

It would be difficult to draw the line, can you still use a hide, feed the subject to encourage them to be in the right place, in the end what is completely natural?

In the end there were 12 photos, most would have been staged in one way or another but they were all faboulous shots, each so good, that in the end it's only personal preference that chooses the winner.



Bumble can you recommend a lense size for wildlife shots from distance thinking of renting one later this month.
Going into Martindale hoping to capture Red Deer and in particular Stags Rutting.
2 years ago

Bumble can you recommend a lense size for wildlife shots from distance thinking of renting one later this month.
Going into Martindale hoping to capture Red Deer and in particular Stags Rutting.


Need to bear in mind that it's not just the lens you'll need but all the paraphernalia that goes with it - sturdy tripod (buy cheap = wobble), filters, remote control cowie to fire the shutter, lens hood. There's maybe folk on here would lend you some stuff - you never know... (I'm micro 4/3rds so my stuff probably wouldn't be any good to you)
2 years ago
Don't really buy into the idea that domestic cats are really that much of a problem when it comes to the reduction of bird numbers.
The devastating loss of food due to the massive reduction of insects must dwarf the cat issue.


Looks like the RSPB agree...

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/gardening-for-wildlife/animal-deterrents/cats-and-garden-birds/are-cats-causing-bird-declines/
2 years ago
With all camera equipment it's a trade off, between what you can afford and carry to what's best for the job.

I can't remember what make of gear you use but if it's Canon , they do a 100-400 zoom lens that would be ideal for what you need.

All my lenses are F2.8 because, taking fast action in dark stadium you need the extra light a 2.8 gives you, but I think an f4 would be fine for your needs, you will have better light and the F4 models are lighter to carry.

You won't need a tripod for deer rutting but a monopod could be helpful. I use a monopod on my big lens at football. It's not really to avoid camera shake, because my lenses compensate for that and I have my camera on fast setting that cuts out most shake anyway. I use it just because holding that lens with no monopod for an hour and a half kills my shoulders and arms, F2.8s are beast to handhold.
So get hold of a monopod if you can, they take up no room to carry. Tripods are heavy and a bit restrictive on this type of shoot (essential for macro work though). Something like the 100-400 F4 canon isn't that heavy and can be handheld.

Don't get too near, and don't forget you are a very vunerable target. Attacking a cameraman is great kuodos for a stag showing off to his hinds. Sometimes sitting behind a camera can give you a false sense of security, try and plan to sit behind a wall or where there is some protection if things get heated.

I use Lensesforhire if I need a special lens, dearer than some but always been decent quality.
2 years ago
Don't really buy into the idea that domestic cats are really that much of a problem when it comes to the reduction of bird numbers.
The devastating loss of food due to the massive reduction of insects must dwarf the cat issue.


My now sadly departed cat brought me a dead blackcap. I still don't know how he did it as I've still never seen a live one in my garden.

The insect decline is a huge worry and a puzzle. I do my little bit by keeping my garden wild but managed but flying insect numbers have collapsed from a few years ago. I've started the autumn filling up of the bird feeder and the tits are practically queuing up for food handouts.
2 years ago
I'll be sorting out my feeders anyday now as the robin has reappeared after his summer hols, no doubt staking his claim
Not so many years ago September would have seen the yearly invasion of craneflys.
They used to be everywhere.
This year I haven't seen one.
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