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!

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!

Fieldfares Finally!

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It’s only taken a week but now Mrs E and myself have finally got round to sorting through well over 400 photos of Fieldfares that were taken after our recent snowfall! These were by far the better photos taken on the day which is why it’s taken quite a while to go through them!

The new Fieldfare gallery page is now live and can be found here!

More Snowy Gallery Updates!

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Continuing with images from Mondays shoot in the snow at Fairford Leys are some more firsts for both myself and the website. Some of these are not my best work I’ll admit (especially the Redwings as I just could not get them out in the open!), so these will probably get replaced as and when I get some better shots!

Still, I’m excited to get so many new species on the site especially as I shot them all on the same day! There are still more to come (there are over 400 Fieldfare shots to go through so I’m saving the best til last!), so until then, please do have a look through the new additions linked below!

Goldfinch Gallery Page

Siskins Gallery Page

Redwings Gallery Page

It’s Been Snowing Again!

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We had snow again this weekend but even though it started on the Friday morning, due to unavoidable work commitments I couldn’t get out with the camera until Monday morning. Eager to get out and about after dropping Mrs E off at work, I found myself just round the corner in Fairford Leys.

Todays target was Waxwings in the snow! Alas, even though they were around the day before, they were elusive all day. Still, not to be deterred I stayed around all day getting a few firsts for me. Fieldfares were in abundance, along with many others.

There’s a lot of shots to go through from the day, so I’ve started off (as there were not that many to go through!) with Meadow Pipits which are a first timer on the site. The new Meadow Pipits gallery page can be found here. Also a bonus from my Close encounter with a Cormorant shoot a month back is a new Greenfinch gallery page!

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