Monday, 23 April 2018

SHELLS, OYSTERS & ALDERS

A bit late uploading these .. and the videos but .. that is because of my memory issues and I have two cameras, or had that day, to deal with.

I forgot about this non-professional camera!

Anyhoo .. we went out on a warm but very windy day .. which blew me about while I was filming with the zoom at full .. win .. chat! Lol.

This was on Walthamstow Wetlands .. or opposite Walthamstow Wetlands .. not sure if it is all the same place. Another place is called The Paddocks .. no .. just don't! It is on Ferry Lane in Walthamstow not far from Tottenham Hale.

While out we saw Shelducks, Oystercatchers and some Alder Flies, the latter I do not ever recall seeing before that day. Caddis Flies, yes. Alder Flies not so sure ..


















Saturday, 17 March 2018

THE RED CRESTED SOLDIERS

I title it that because watching the Red Crested Pochards put me in mind of a load of soldiers on parade. In one video below the males are all bobbing their beaks in what must be some kind of mating courtship .. thing?

I was not expecting to see these and annoyingly and due to the pain and my health condition I went out without my very best lens.

I had gone out because it was supposed to be sunny all afternoon. It was sunny for about three minutes in total .. thank you yet again, weather people! I had intended to got artistic and bokeh shots of flowers for my other digital photography blog, as I had the day before. Though admittedly it is somewhat early in the year and there is not a lot about. Some wild violets were seen but not very good condition and there were some Daffodils, Hyacinths and some trees with white blossom. But the weather was shit and dull and I stumbled across these Red Crested Pochards.

I need to open up the aperture a little with this lens in future for birds.. an f1.4. This was also at Finsbury Park in London.

Here are some photos and videos ..




Got some close ups of Common Pochards too ..



Videos ..















Wednesday, 7 March 2018

THE REEDS & THE LITTLE BUNTING

For two days in a row I visited the Walthamstow Wetlands. I was there yesterday.

Well what a day?!

The weather men got it wrong for the umpteenth time recently for London, no snow the other Thursday after they said it was. The day before this day it was supposed to rain around 3pm to 4pm and barely spat. This day was supposed to be partly sunny fro midday to 5pm with no rai at all! Take a wild guess at what happened?! It rained and transitioned from fairly heavy to light and the sun did come out .. eventually. Around the closing time of the place we were in which is 4pm.

Tens of millions on a weather computer a couple years back? Stop .. just stop.

Anyhoo we waited by the section which was said to have Reed Buntings and a Little Bunting among them. Got hatting to e nice bunch of chaps while there, one dedicated soul was a Scot who had come down from Warrington of all places.

Now I was convinced I had the Little Bunting on film and pictures a dozen times .. but ..

I was not familiar with what young and hen Reed Buntings looked like nor familiar with the same for the Little Bunting. A chestnut coloured face was all I had to go on.

I also still do not possess my birding lens, the 70-400mm Sony f4!

At the end someone pointed out the Little Bunting while it was close to us and feeding. I spotted what they were referring to and though 'oh .. I have filmed that several ties' and was happy. Well as it turns out it was not the Little Bunting and an immature male Reed Bunting.

After going through the videos and the photos I had managed to get one of each of the Little Bunting so was not a complete disaster. Nor did the Sony A99 II and its 70-2mm f2.8 and 1.4 Teleconverter get wet for nothing.














Little Bunting in the video below on the right


What I believe to be an immature Male Reed Bunting ..


Reed Bunting ..


Another Reed Bunting ..


Four Reed Buntings Feeding..


Reed Bunting Closer In


Scaup





Goldeneye Preening



Tuesday, 6 March 2018

THE SCAUP & THE GOLDENEYE

I visited a new site while I was down here.

We had many days of snowing and freezing temperatures which was days on end of misery which ended up a day of getting some very sad and distressing news. It was pretty bad and still is .. something else for my corruption blog in time I guess?

I was about fit to burst .. or throw myself under a bus and had to get out. My brother said he wanted to go to a place where a Little Bunting had been spotted. He had also said there were reports of Scaup and Goldeneye ducks and at first I decided I was not going. But then I changed my mind ..

I did decide to only take my Nikon P900 .. but I am going back today with the Sony A99 II and a couple lenses and a monopod!

This is why ..

There was indeed a Scaup ..


You can see a higher resolution picture and others on my Flickr account..

https://www.flickr.com/photos/89426160@N05/40598581772/in/dateposted-public/

Oh and there was a Goldeneye .. or two ..


See Higher res pictures and leave a like at ..


There were also Linnets .. though when they flew away we could have sworn we see a greenish yellow colour and thought they were Siskins .. until we got back and took one look at the pictures ..



I thought the day was already a result when the first things I saw and filmed, ooh fils to all the above .. below, a Goldcrest ..





Here are a few videos ..

SCAUP










GOLDENEYE





LINNETS







Goldcrest ..



Goldfinch feeding on floor ..

Chaffinch .. maybe?

Saturday, 17 February 2018

THE KING AND THE CRESTS

Well I have not published much but .. I have been out several times ..

I have been visiting a spot between Walthamstow and Hackney in East London where it technically borders a part of North London really considered to be East London .. lol.

Now I was told of three species of bird were seen here and these are Goldcrests, Kingfishers and Firecrests? I will tell you what I said to that .. "No fucking way!"

You see I frequented this areas as a kid and collected Common Newts and Palmate Newts from this site and .. no one was supposed to be in there. There used to be a hole in a wallk we used to get through.

I was a keen bird watcher when I was a kid and .. the very idea of even seeing something like Goldcrests there and anywhere else in this area was ludicrous and never happened. Ever!

But blow me down all three are indeed there as I now have photographic evidence of it .. despite killing my back with my very heavy photographic equipment. My Sony A99II is not particularly heavy but the Sony f2.8 70-200mm lens has crushed my vertebrae several times! Lol.

Photos not great but at least I know that these birds are there and now I can work on getting far better photos!!

Now let me see if I can link my photos in from FlickR .. umm .. NOPE ..

Just like Google and their Adsense crap, their Chrome Browser and now Google's Blogger .. nothing bloody works! LMAO! But they are alooof and refuse to talk to you because they think all their crap works!!

Oh well .. here are some pictures and links .. there are a lot more photos and will be more coming ..

Oh and there is video too ..


You can like this Kingfisher photo here .. https://flic.kr/p/23mf22L

You can like this Firecrest photo here .. https://flic.kr/p/234M32n

You can like thias Firecrest photo here .. https://flic.kr/p/234M5X2

You can like this Kingfisher photo here ..https://flic.kr/p/21FdMsw

You can like this Goldcrest photo here .. https://flic.kr/p/24r5YQt

You can like this Goldcrest photo here .. https://flic.kr/p/24r63aV

You can like this Goldrest photo here .. https://flic.kr/p/24r5YQt



Long way away butin the distance you will note a blob of orange .. a Kingfisher and it did land right underneath our noses just out of sight a few minutes later .. the good but washed out photo above .. which I got purely because I see the reeds bend a certain way .. stood up and there it was .. got a photo but it raced off before I could hit the video button on my DSLT.



If you freeze the last video at 4 seconds exactly you should see a Firecrest and it should be unmistakable as to what it is.

Friday, 26 January 2018

BACK TO THE GRAIN

Well I am sort of back .. but not in the way that you might think.

I am going to be getting around doing some stuff over the coming days and weeks and with a little luck might actually be doing that which I planned to begin with many months ago?

I had something of a .. hiccup and did not acquire all the tools I needed due to an emergency situation that is about to unfold, or I hope so, in a big way.

However I am back near some old, but new for here, places that I certainly did not expect and .. momentarily.

I am going to be looking for Firecrests .. in fact I already did and spotted one but not managed to get one on film .. but I did get some Teal and Gadwalls .. oh and a Pochard .. and a Little Grebe. Oh and a pair of Stock Doves.












Saturday, 2 September 2017

THE NEW ERA

Well ..

I have been a little busy .. and away for eight days.

I am still shopping but apart from some stuff inbound .. the main shopping has paused .. due to some unforeseen circumstances and a change in a particular .. destination.

A destination I have already been to once ..

But here are some pictures with my new camera ..

Bear with me as I am getting used to the controls and .. trying to remember to alter my settings, aperture and such, as the light changes.

Right then .. a few things to remember for viewers going forwards ..





  • These images are shot in RAW
  • Shock number 1: These are edited/processed in bad software (i.e. prob losing Image Quality)
  • Shock Number 2: These are then shrunk down to 30% their original size .. yup I do not care how many times you look and think rubbish .. they ARE shrunk down to 30% - 42 Mega Pixels
  • Shock Number 3: they are reduced in size in MS Paint .. yeah, yeah .. I know, I know
  • Serif Affinity Photo will be purchased very soon!
  • I will sort out my FLICKR account I never used .. much .. anyway
  • Sony A99 II DSLT
  • Sony G Series 70-200mm f2.8
  • Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f2.8
  • Sony 1.4x Teleconverter
  • Sigma 85mm f1.4 (Incoming .. soo .. no, none of the pictures are shot with anything other than the two f2.8 lenses .. some might be at f4 or higher if I used the teleconverter)
  • Two dozen 4K videos up on YouTube, see bottom
  • I was with four children that were hyped up some of the time .. so could not do everything .. plus the family was kinda .. threatened so had to focus on that .. kind of still am, bear with me a couple of weeks, lol
On one shoot I met a really nice guy, photographer, who loved nature and we chatted in the hide for 3 hours. Kinda reminded me of why I do some of the things and blogs that  do .. people like him.

Think now that these are Cetti's Warblers as we heard one call .. unless my first hunch these are .. crap no my first hunch was Willow Warblers .. then I thought they were more like Reed Warblers .. but there are Willow Warblers because I got a video of a young one, complete with olive colouring .. but we heard Cetti's Warblers call.

ITS A WARBLER!! LMAO! FISHERS GREEN



Thought this was a rarer Blue Butterfly at first but soon realised it was a Common Blue Butterfly



Chub ..


More Chub ..



Gadwall


Unknown to me ..  Hen Scaup?



 The Duck Meet at Colwyn Bay



Yup siree! That is indeed a Kingfisher despite the bad photo .. IT WAS TOO QUICK AS WAS I ..
This is one of several species I have captured on my new camera I never got with my old one .. Inside of a month and I think the new species count is at least at FOUR?!




Common Darter?



Gadwall



Gadwall




The Rare Rough Robin LOL ..



Speckled Wood Butterfly ..


Autumn Sunsets ..



Probably a Yellow Eared Slider Terrapin? Fishers Green.



A duck curiously looking like a hen Scaup but .. cannot see it .. Rye Meads



Photos out of order .. this and the following Young Grey Wagtail pictures were shot at Colwyn Bay at an RSPB site ..




A young Willow Warbler .. Fishers Green ..



Now starting to think I have been filming Cetti's Warblers?

One called really loud and I am not familiar with their song my brother informs me they are loud and a man I met their, keen birder, told me they were Cetti's Warblers calling.





Colwyn Bay and I think these were young Grey Wagtails?


Did I post up the 4K videos?



Green Sandpiper ..









Willow Warbler ..