Over the last month or so the weather in the South of England has been absolutely terrible, as it has across a lot of the country. In fact, the rains arrived only a day or two after it was announced that we were in drought, rather ironic don't you think?
I recently ordered the Image Stabilised version of the Canon 100mm macro but due to the awful weather I have not had much of a chance to use it. So today I went out in the brief spell of sunshine and decided to photograph on top of the garden wall. It looked just like a mini forest and the colour was spectacular. I still need to get to grips with the depth of field as it is incredibly narrow, I think it will take a few months to really get a good feel for this incredible bit of kit.
So as the weather has been so bad I have had to make do with photographing the few Garden birds that are still hanging around the feeders. The most regular vistor has been a pair of Robins and so here are a few images of the cheeky little things.
The image above was actually taken in the Hawthorn hedgerow that runs along one side of my paddock, it was after worms as I was digging in soaked soil.
The other regular visitors to the garden have been the Tit species, although there has been one notable exception - the Long-tailed Tits. The Blue Tits are the most regular with the Great Tits making quick dashes as they dart across the garden.
The Tit species have to be some of the most colourful birds in the UK but they are also one of the hardest to photograph. They never hang around in the same spot for long and once they have landed you only have a split second to get the auto-focus to lock on. I really like to try and capture the inquisitive and cheeky character of the Blue Tit as well as the more mellow Great Tits.
There have been some more unusual garden visitors in the last few weeks, the Yellowhammers have been visiting daily again. It seems they are nesting in the hedgerow in my paddock so they are often picking up the dispersed seeds underneath the feeders. The male is in his prime with some stunning colouring in his pluage.
Hopefully in the next few weeks the weather will improve and I should be able to get a few more shots. A few of the species I am aiming to photograph are the Stoat, the Red Kite, Badgers, Pied Wagtail and Water Vole. I will keep you posted as (or if) I am successful.
After a quiet few weeks around the garden feeders the birds seem to back. I think that the cooler weather over the last few weeks and the fact many of the birds have started to lay their eggs, has led to them visiting the feeders more regularly. I thought I should make the most of the opportunity and get out there with my camera.
I don't normally show images of birds on the feeders but I thought I had to share the woodpecker and the Great Tit as they were such lovely poses. The Wood Pigeons never normally hang about so it was nice to get some shots of those too.
The Bullfinches seem to be nesting nearby as the male and the female generally take it in turns to come to the feeders. They are particularly interested in the Nyjer seeds at the moment and it is always lovely to see them.
I don't often get to photograph the two birds above: the Blackbirds are very skittish around my garden and when they see the lens move they normally fly off. The Jay on the otherhand is an extremely rare sight in my garden, I think this is only the second time I have seen one in the garden in nearly 8 years.
Yellowhammer are not known to visit garden feeders very often but it seems a local pair have become quite comfortable feeding on the ground. It took them a couple of hours to become used to the hide but they now seemed to be some of the most relaxed birds that visit the feeding station.