3rd June 2013

Hide and seek the DIY way!

My wife bought a bird feeder last week and watching the activity around it I figured it must be possible to get some photographs.

At first I thought, right I need to buy a cheap hide to let me get close to the bird feeder and went straight to the source of all great value on the internet… ebay. Pausing for a second I thought wait now, lets work with what I have. So one rabbit hutch (rabbit only uses it under protest), spade, stake and a very questionable old duvet cover later…hey presto DIY hide for free! At the end of the blog I have included one picture of the hide for those of you who are interested.

I would like to thank John Rapple for helping identify the birds in the shots.

The birds in this shot are Common House Sparrows. There were a lot of them around this morning and they really enjoyed the food put out. I did set the ISO high to keep the shutter speed high in attempt to freeze movement. One thing I did learn is if your lens has stabilisation built in and you are using a tripod switch off the stabilisation as it slows down the shooting process slightly.

Settings : ISO 800, 300mm, f5.6, 1/160sec.

Tree Sparrow 5
Common House Sparrows

 

Starling and Common House Sparrow. These two did not share the tray for very long with the Starling taking over for a few minutes.

Settings : ISO 800, 300mm, f5.6, 1/160sec

Tree Sparrow Starling 1
Common House Sparrow  & Starling

 

Common House Sparrow on its own.  It was a bit later in the morning so I was able to lower the ISO which I think does make the picture a little sharper.

Settings : ISO 400, 300mm, f5.6, 1/250sec

 

Tree Sparrow
Common House Sparrow

 

I will add more bird pictures during the week. As promised here is the high quality hide!! As this was taken with my mobile phone I have no settings.

Hide Completed
Hide Completed

 

My animal library has these pictures and others here Animal World

 

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26th March 2013

Last weekend I decided not to go far from the home town in search of photograph. I decided to get up early on Sunday and go for a walk along the canal at the back of Naas. The idea was to check out what wildlife was around. Regularly along the canal bank there are posters put up by Irish Wildlife on what you can expect to see living around the canal. Unfortunately there was no sign of Foxes, Otters or the Grey Heron that is a regular sight normally. The lack of wildlife may have been related to the fact that it was very cold and after about 30 minutes I was beginning to wonder what I was doing down there as well! I then noticed this little Robin was watching me intently and seemed very happy to pose for me 🙂

 

Settings : ISO 1600, 300mm, f5.6, 1/40sec. I had the ISO up high as it was very cloudy and the Robin was in the shelter of the hedge.

Robin Watching Me!

 

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