Birds of a feather…

Birds of a feather... // 04 10 14277 // 365

I thought I was too late for flocks of birds (I really don’t know very much about this kind of thing) but after having a poke about on the internet I think in fact it might be that I am early.

I’ve wanted to snap a huge flock of birds for a while, and I’ve been on the look out for them since September, but I’ve only seen small flocks. I was driving my mum home from TK Maxx when I spotted these, so if I’d not been driving her home I would never have seen them as I go another way 🙂 This is really close to my house, a 2 minute walk if that, but because of a houses estate I can’t see the pylons from my house so I’ve never noticed. I dropped my mum off, zoomed home and set up my monopod with ball head (first time use!) and attached my super zoom and off we went.

Waiting isn’t really one of my strong points so after about 2 minutes (might actually have been more like 5) I was ready to give up and try again later in the day or tomorrow (mum said they do it at the same time every day, so this was maybe 30 minutes after we’d seen them so I was thinking they’d moved on somewhere else. That was my logic anyway…). Just as I was about to put my keys in the ignition I noticed a small flocks so excitedly jumped out of the car. By the time I was out of the car they were out of sight, but at least I knew (or was hoping) that there were some birds still flying about so I waited with my monopod and massive lens whilst getting odd looks and people peeping their horns and shouting things (no idea what!). After about 5 more minutes I was rewarded with loads of birds! 😀

Patience is a virtue after all 😉

Silhouetted stag and deers on the horizon!

Silhouetted Stag // 21 09 14264 // 365

This afternoon (a very late afternoon until just before sunset) me and some photo friends went out to photograph some wild deer. Yesterday was a bit of a test run for this event; with the ultimate aim being to return during rutting season.
The walk wasn’t as bad as I feared, although lugging a 150-500mm zoom lens, camera with battery park and tripod around with me wasn’t the easiest of adventures but I am glad that I went – and most importantly I am looking forward to going back 😀

I decided to go for something a bit different with the edits as it was pretty overcast, or bland (the deer are pretty much the same colour as the landscape). Actually in quite a few of the shots the deer just look very grumpy indeed, and I also seem to have managed to capture an ‘action’ pooing shot; so that is just lovely!

Deers on the horizon!
The birds and the lone tree

Doe, a deer, a female deer

Doe, a deer, a female deer // 20 09 14263 // 365

This morning I drove us to the Chestnut Centre to go and photograph otters and generally test out my new lens. I bought a 150 – 500mm Sigma zoom lens, as it’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while. With rutting season coming up and a few photo friends knowing where to find deer (and rutting season being on my to do list for a while) I figured that I might as well buy one now so that I can practice with it.

This was hand held, and these deer are practically tame as they are at an animal sanctuary; but it was great practice for my new lens on it’s first proper outing. I took all of my shots hand held despite making kB carry my tripod. I was really surprised how sharp a lot of them were at 500mm 6.3 hand held by a female with no arm strength and a tremor! 😀

I managed to get some which were more in focus than this one, but I liked how the grass looked and the overall feel of this one hence it being photo of the day!

Busy at work

Busy at work // 14 04 14104 // 365

Day 3 / 16 – Photo in a different location every day challenge
Location 3: Tickhill, Doncaster, UK

Today I went with my mum to visit my grandma and my granddad. They have a most wonderful garden, loads of flowers and fruit trees.

In grandma's garden

Return to nature

Return to nature // 13 04 14103 // 365

Day 2 / 16 – Photo in a different location every day challenge
Location 2: Owlthorpe Grasslands Grazing Project

This patch of land is at the end of the road my mum and dad live on. It used to be completely overgrown (grass up to your armpits overgrown, and I’m 5 foot 10!) but it is slowly being transformed. Fences have been put up, cows have been put in, trees have been chopped down… I’m not sure what the end goal with it is, as I’ve read that it was supposed to be turned into a living landscape; not too sure what the fences and paths and gates have to do with that. Maybe it has been bought.

Sunshine after the rain

047 // 365

After lots and lots of rain today was finally nice! Having said that I spent a large chunk of the late morning / early afternoon on the settee updating my shop (see here).
It was so inspiring to get out of the house and stomp about in the woods!

Repetition014 // 365
Funny how life so often repeats itself; be it day to day routine, or a longer repetition of things which have happened before

Chinese lanterns are quite possibly my most favourite thing to photograph ever.

Little Mushroom011 // 365
Strange how when you have all the time in the world, inspiration doesn’t strike; but when you have a million things to do, the ideas keep coming.

I find it odd how when it comes to the weekend I am rarely motivated to do big shots, but when I get in from work I am! You would think it would be the other way around : )
The mind works in mysterious ways and all that ; )

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