The Blue Tits are growing up!

Some photos from the garden over the last couple of days. The Blue Tit chicks are growing up fast and are reasonably tame. Most of the photos were taken from the dining room through the window, but the one of the Blue Tit on the feeder was taken with me sitting in the garden about 6 feet away from the feeder!

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: Tony Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/350s

Messy Eater!

 

A young Starling eating some suet, and making a mess 🙂 I put some suet in a hole in this trunk for the blue Tits, but the Starlings are the ones who get there first.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Credit: Tony Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 4 June, 2017
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Keywords: 2017, Benfleet, Bird, Essex, Starling
  • Location: 51° 34.5185′ 0″ N 0° 33.3818′ 0″ E
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s
  • Title: Messy Eater

Swallow, caught on camera at last :-)

Swallow, resting Swallow taking offIt has taken a while, but At last a Swallow stayed still long enough for me to photograph it! This one had a nest in the building it is resting on, so I had an idea that if I stayed still long enough and took enough photos I would get one that I liked (i.e. almost in focus). I was lucky, I got two photos I liked! 🙂

  • Aperture: ƒ/9.5
  • Credit: Tony Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 4 June, 2017
  • Exposure bias: +5EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Keywords: 2017, Bird, Essex, Great Cranfield, Swallow
  • Location: 51° 50.7368′ 0″ N 0° 18.3077′ 0″ E
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s
  • Title: Swallow, resting

Kestrel in flight

Kestrel in flightWent for a walk this weekend and turned around and saw this kestrel hovering just behind us.

  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 4 June, 2017
  • Exposure bias: +2.5EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 2500
  • Keywords: 2017, Bird, Essex, Great Cranfield, Kestrel
  • Location: 51° 50.7368′ 0″ N 0° 18.3077′ 0″ E
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s
  • Title: Kestrel in flight

Young Goldfinch

Younf Goldfinch

With then garden quite quiet at the moment, all of the chicks have gone off on their own, and the older birds have retired to the local woodland where it is cooler, here is a photo from a couple of weeks ago of a young Goldfinch.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: Tony Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 4 June, 2017
  • Flash fired: yes
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 500
  • Keywords: 2017, Benfleet, Bird, Essex, Goldfinch
  • Location: 51° 34.5165′ 0″ N 0° 33.3825′ 0″ E
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
  • Title: Young Goldfinch