Goldfinch in the Winter sun

Goldfinch

A lovely shot of one of the Goldfinches sitting in the apple tree, highlighted by the winter sunshine.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: T Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 3 February, 2017
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Keywords: UK, England, Essex, Benfleet, 2017, Winter, Wildlife, Bird, Garden, Goldfinch
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

Show me the way to go home.

Mute Swan over Rainham Marshes

This photo instantly made me think of the song “Show me the way home”. This was another photo from my morning at the RSPB reserve at Rainham marshes.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: T Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 5 February, 2017
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 400mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Keywords: UK, England, Essex, Rainham, Rainham Marshes – RSPB, 2017, Winter, Wildlife, Bird, Wildfowl, Swan, Mute Swan
  • Shutter speed: 1/750s

Liquid Lunch

Magpie sitting on a bench with a bottle of bear in front of it.

A ‘shot’ I saw at Rainham marshes last weekend. It just tickled my sense of humour.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: T Harrison-Smith
  • Camera: ILCA-77M2
  • Taken: 5 February, 2017
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 360mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Keywords: UK, England, Essex, Rainham, Rainham Marshes – RSPB, 2017, Winter, Wildlife, Bird, Garden, Magpie
  • Shutter speed: 1/750s

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