Thursday, April 25, 2013

Far project sessions 9 + 10

Having worked out that the hawfinches were coming in the afternoons my normal weekend schedule had to change, but other factors have caused some hassles, so I've not managed to get out as much as I would have liked. 
Session 9 saw some light showers adding a certain gloss to the woodwork and leaves, but meant that I had to go without the 1.4 extender.  Normally that wouldn't be a bad thing - you don't always want to be in tight, but this is unavoidably a very small area I have to work in so setting the bird in the landscape doesn't work so well - the landscape isn't that photogenic!
Still the session saw the arrival of a furry visitor as well as feathered ones, and for the first time I saw more than one hawfinch.  I now know there are at least 4 visiting and I suspect there may be more.  Although I have only ever seen three at one time, two are carrying bling.  So I know there are 2 males, one ringed, and two females, one ringed.  The female had a colour ring, so I can maybe find out where it was trapped.

Session 10 saw the sun out again.I'm still struggling to get clean snaps, but gradually getting there when the birds play ball with the props.  I think I'll have to rig up a background, but just a bit worried that it might put the haws off.  I also need to spend a bit more time on the redpoll and siskin which have been neglected with my haw obsession.

I love the attitude in that last shot - just a shame about the scenery.


Hairy Caveman said...

Great photo's! Personally I think the background is fine, what else did you have in mind?

Brian said...

Thanks Hairy(!) Ideally something a bit more uniform would probably look better. don't know if link will work but this is an example

Hairy Caveman said...

Ah yes, I see what you mean, the subject really stands out! Thanks for posting! (By the way, my name's Brian too!)