Muscovy Ducks close up!

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Muscovy Ducks are normally native to Mexico, Central and South America, so finding them along with the Embden Geese I blogged about last week in Lowndes Park, Chesham would normally be considered unusual!

Along with the Embden Geese, these Muscovy Ducks are also a ‘domestic breed’ and have been introduced into the UK. These ones were very tame as they are used to a lot of people in the park, so tame that they kept getting too close so I decided to embark on a portrait session!

Having a chat with one of the locals I found out that the one youngster that was on the island survived his 10 brothers and sisters who were all eaten by a heron! Could make an interesting project in a few months!

Muscovy Duck gallery page can be found here!

Embden Geese gallery live!

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Whilst out for a drive scouting locations recently, I ended up in Lowndes Park, Chesham as I saw the pond was still partly frozen as I drove past. So, I parked up and went into the park for an hour or so hoping to get something a bit different.

It was one of those typical occasions, that when I walked in all the birds had already flown away from the ice! Still, as I had been unsuccessful so far that day I was going to at least get some practise in!

The two Embden geese really caught my eye as they were absolutely huge, so decided to spend some time with them, not to mention that I didn’t have them in the gallery! Well, I’m pleased to say that has now been rectified and you can find the Embden Geese gallery here!

Aylesbury Peregrines 2013 – Part 1!

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Welcome to the start of the Aylesbury Peregrine Falcon project of 2013!

Went out this morning as we had good light and also because one of the recent sightings on the Bucks Bird Club website suggested that they were near the platform where they successfully bred 2 chicks last year.

This years project has started earlier because of this and also because I’d love to try and get some better shots than last year including some of them mating if I’m lucky enough!

One idea we aim to try this year to help with this is to attach Mrs E’s Pentax Q to the end of our F*250-600mm lens. With a crop factor of 5.5x this will give an ‘effective focal length’ of 3300mm so should get us in a bit closer!

The shot above is a very good start to the project this year, with hopefully a lot more to come! Full version is both on the Peregrine Falcons Gallery Page and it’s own image page here!

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