Saturday, March 03, 2007

Spot the difference!!

A new camera - Canon 400d with an Image Stabilised 100-400 lens (thanks to Richard Bedford for the top advice!). I HAD to take a photo to test the camera, this is one of the many House Sparrows, sat in the apple tree:
















Then Staurday came with forceast heavy showers but we decided to head out anyway, to Foxton Locks in Leicestershire. It's the very first weekend in March and yet there's nesting or related activity everywhere you look. This Dunnock was singing alongside the canal path:

















Away from the canal, in the fields, there were Skylarks and Meadow Pipits in song flight, this Skylark took off close to us:














Further on we spotted a flock of Redwings, which were nervous so kept their distance:



















Over a copse of trees we spotted this Common Buzzard, seen here in straight ahead flight and then soaring:






























Around the village of Laughton there were hundreds of Starlings:





















We got a hard stare from this Great Tit:















Towards the end of the 8 mile walk on saturated ground, which was hard going, I managed to snap this Mistle Thrush:

















All in all a very promising start, though nothing of note about, when we do see some less common birds I should be able to get some decent shots now!

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