Mr and Mrs Stonechat say...

Posted on 5 May 2016, 20:54

...yep, that’s a pretty sharp lens..!

After a pretty good first impression of my new Canon 100-400mm Mk II gained during my trip to Cumbria, yesterday I thought I’d have a stroll down to my local links and the paddocks behind them, to see if I could track down some Stonechats – a long time favourite bird of mine, for their often very obliging behaviour in front of the camera.

And sure enough, while failing to make any headway in getting onto the local Little owl, I found myself in the company of Mr and Mrs Stonechat.

Now they weren’t entirely behaving themselves – I had real issues getting the Sun behind me for some of these pics, which is why the white on the neck of Mr S is pretty far gone on some of them (I’m pretty good at dealing with highlights on conversion/in PP, but I was pretty beaten here – I’ll maybe revisit them in a day or two) but for all that, these are some of the best Stonechat images I’ve ever taken – I’m very happy with what the lens and 1.4x converter combo is doing for me: all but the last two are at 560mm:


Stonechat, Blyth Not a huge fan of the barbed wire – but he doesn’t know that..!


Stonechat, Blyth


Stonechat, Blyth


Stonechat, Blyth


Stonechat, Blyth


Stonechat, Blyth


Stonechat, Blyth


Stonechat, Blyth


Stonechat, Blyth

This Meadow pipit kept an eye on me for a while, too:


Meadow pipit, Blyth

Finally, for no other reason than that I think they’re nice images – they all count:


Black-headed gull, Blyth


Rook, Blyth



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