Monday, 1 March 2010

Sunday at Stithians.











A few shots from a quick visit to one of my favourite haunts (Stithians Reservoir) on Sunday afternoon. Had both hides to myself and didn't see another soul, just me and the flask. John

28 comments:

  1. Wow - you saw a nice variety! I just visited swopticsphoto blog. What wonderful photography there as well. I told him I found his blog through you two! Thanks for the tip.

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  2. Ah, sounds like bliss :). I love the photos, I have a soft spot for rats so obviously that's my favourite ;-).

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  3. An excellent selection John.
    Lovely shots of the Water Rail.

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  4. Superb collection once again. I'd like to see so many species during one walk and to get pictures of them like that! I love the reed bunting and the little grebe a lot. Well done!

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  5. Rah Rah - Without doubt the best reserve in the South West. Photo's not bad either John.... :-)

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  6. 'The Master at Stithians'

    Truly remarkable images again John.
    The quality of the Water Rail is beyond words.

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  7. Great shots I do like the Water Rail images, Brilliant.

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  8. Excellent variety again, superb Water Rail Images.

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  9. That water rail is something.

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  10. What lovely images. Always a delight to see your pictures.
    Sunny :)

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  11. The professor gives another lecture in Digiscoping,If I knew you were on your own I would have come up and kept you company. As for me I have not been out all week. Anyway great stuff Johc well done. CU.

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  12. Good shots!! Great blog!!

    http://balapertotarreu.blogspot.com

    Frank

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  13. Lovely shots again. I especially like the Great Spotted Woodpecker. I've had a Downy and Hairy Woodpecker at my feeders recently, so it's fun to see one from your part of the world.

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  14. Great Reed Buntings an underappreciated bird. Phil RBF (Reed Bunting Fan)

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  15. Absolutely great photos. Thanks for sharing them with us. Great post.

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  16. I always enjoy seeing your bird shots. Your Reed Bunting reminds me a lot of our Song Sparrow.

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  17. Great Photos of the water rail.Yes i did digiscope mine John an hour an a half later & many shots.

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  18. hi was wondering where you are birding on the 12th?
    have someone who wants to meet you!
    can you email me rachel@rachelhosken.com

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  19. Cracking shots John, especially the Water Rail.

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  20. A great selection! I particularly liked the Woodpecker and the Reed buntings, the female looks beautiful when enlarged.

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  21. Sounds perfect John - great shots. Love the GS Woodpecker and the Water Rail.

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  22. Great sightings and awesome photography!!!

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  23. Looks like you had a great day. I love it when I get out there all by myself.

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  24. Interesting assortment of photos! Makes me so envious! I've awarded you a Sunshine Award. Check the details on my blog and feel free to pass it on. ~ks

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  25. You made hay while the sun shone. Lovely collection and the Water Rails are superb.

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  26. Just to answer your question about northern light.
    First you do have to avoid any other source of light, like lights coming from a town!!!
    Yes I use a tripod and I also use a right-angle, the Sigma 20mm f1.8 EXDG. Concerning the settings, you could see on my blog that I still do not have the good one. I think the best is to use the M function of the camera so that you can set up both the paerture and shutter speed.
    For the ISO, I'm turning around 200-400, and then the shutter speed depends crucially on the aperture you use and on the intensity of the northern light. I tend to try to stay around 8 to 12s but not more, otherwise you do not get the movement! Well you have to try mate, because I'm still learning for this kind of pictures, but definitively do not go to high with ISO.

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  27. Awesome collection of photos! I really like the water rail-interesting looking bird.

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