My local patch

Posted on 20 May 2018, 12:49

There’s a farm not far from my front door which has a growing colony of Tree sparrows – a fact which pleases me immensely, because (despite what my buddy Mark has to say about it) they aren’t “just spuggies…

And at this time of year, they’re too busy grabbing every bug, creepy-crawly and wriggly thing for their growing broods to worry about me, making them a little easier to photograph:


Tree sparrow, Blyth


Tree sparrow, Blyth


Tree sparrow, Blyth


Tree sparrow, Blyth


Tree sparrow, Blyth


Tree sparrow, Blyth

The farm also has a small stream running through it, and I have access to quiet corners that most people don’t get to, meaning I could get onto a pair of Pied wagtail, again collecting for the kids:


Pied wagtail, Blyth

Or just standing about:


Pied wagtail, Blyth


Pied wagtail, Blyth

One bird that has always been a bogie for me has been Yellowhammer: I have good numbers of them on my patch, but they’re never easy to get onto.

Until last week, when this fella was kind enough to hang around for a few frames: all much of a sameness, so these two will do as examples. The first is uncropped, and a good example of why getting used to moving around the active focal points is a good idea:


Yellowhammer (male), Blyth


Yellowhammer (male), Blyth

I’m pleased with these, I have to say…

All with the 7D Mk II, 500mm f/4 Mk II + 1.4x, handheld.



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