Some days are great whilst others are not! Starting with yesterday, yes I realise it was March.
what a glorious day with that full on richness and promise that spring is here and headed towards summer.
I had the usual visit to RSPB Rainham Marsh. although the weather was fab sightings were very scarce I did however move later in the day to ferry road to see if I could see any SEO and low and behold i had not gone a 100 metres when one landed in front of me! did I have the camera and tripod set up did I hell! What a prize plonker. I did get a further sighting as well as a glimpse of a marsh harrier but both were to far for any worth while shots. Even the kingfisher hide was busy and it did not appeal to me to be squashed and shoot through glass.
The very next day i was headed to Rye meades where I had been informed the kingfishers were entertaing from the hide doing their mating ritual and passing of fish. Although at times it was busy in the hide I did manage to get some half decent shots. It is necessary in the hide to have at least the equivalent of 1000mm and more to get the shots. The following shots are at 1000mm using a sigma 500f4.5 prime and olympus EM1 camera in conjunction with a metabones adapter giving me 1000mm reach. I will hopefully go back next week and will try a 1.4 converter as well/ and will post the images for comparison. The following images were all hand held using shutter priority at 1000. they are all cropped a little.
MON 11th APRIL
Many is the time I have been back to the same venue and been disapointed and this was one of those occasions such is the luck of the nature photographer.
I returned to Rye meades in search of the kingfishers, yes I found them both, but only espied them just twice in nearly six hours! They had finished with the courtship and were now brooding taking turns to sit on the eggs. in all of the six hours I doubt that I had more than a total of 2 minutes to capture them. I was entertained for a while by a male Gadwell that was was preening. sometimes to close to the hide for my range (1400mm)
Fortunately I had various visits from different Humans to while away the time. The last visitor informed me there was a whimbrell viewable from another hide so at about 1500hrs I decided to move. the views were distant indeed probably about 100metres. which I would not usually bother with but Hey! I had the equivalent of 1400mm and some time to kill to practice with.
The following shots of the whimbrell are more record shots than anything, this was my first encounter with this bird. All photos taken with OLMPUS EM1+ metabones adapter + DGX 1.4 converter + Sigma 500mm 4.5 pime lens. and the help of a hide clamp with ballhead.