Kestrel on Rainham Marshes

I had a great morning out at the RSPB reserve at Rainham Marshes. This is the first time I have visited there and was really impressed. The weather was lousy for photography with it being misty and grey, but I did get some photos. I watched a Kestrel hunting and watched for his favourite spots. One spot was right by a footpath, so I walked to near that spot and waited and was rewarded with a great display of him flying and hunting quite close to me. Not the best photos, but I am quite pleased with them considering the circumstances.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: T Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 5 February, 2017
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000s

Sparrow on hedge

I took this last weekend at Beuchamps Roding. This little sparrow was sitting on a hedge all fluffed up against the cold.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: T Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 29 January, 2017
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Keywords: UK, England, Essex, Beuchamp Roding, Room in the Rodings, Caravaning, Chinese New Year Rally, 2017, Wildlife, Bird, Garden, Sparrow
  • Shutter speed: 1/750s

Chaffinch

Chaffinch

At last, some sunshine this morning, before the rain came in. This Chaffinch was in the Apple tree waiting his turn to feed.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: T Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 2 February, 2017
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Keywords: Wildlife, Bird, Garden, Chaffinch, UK, England, Essex, Benfleet, 2017, Winter
  • Shutter speed: 1/750s

Fieldfare

This is first time I have seen (noticed) a Fieldfare. I always mistook them for a Thrush.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: T Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 29 January, 2017
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Keywords: UK, England, Essex, Beuchamp Roding, Room in the Rodings, Caravaning, Chinese New Year Rally, 2017, Wildlife, Bird, Hedgerow, Fieldfare
  • Shutter speed: 1/750s

Goldfinch in the Sunshine

Goldfinch

Goldfinch taken the other day in the sunshine.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: T Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 24 January, 2017
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Keywords: Wildlife, Bird, Garden, UK, England, Essex, Benfleet, 2017, Winter, Goldfinch
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s