I went for an early morning walk aroun d the coats at Drumbuie today and saw 32 species of bird in total. Had great views of a small group of twite feeding on weed seeds where cattle have been feeding over the winter. These two shots were the best I could manage with my small Panasonic bridge camera. It is actually a really good little camera with a zoom equivalent of 600mm on a full frame dslr which is what these were taken at, and f/2.8 across the entire zoom range, so you can get decent shutterspeeds. Focusing is the hardest part with these small birds which are also camouflaged exceptionally well and move around a lot.
A beautiful day capped off with some fantastic views of bullfinches feeding on the cherry blossom in our garden. This was the first time I have had the chance to try out my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens for shooting birds, and while the targets were a bit far away, the sheer quality of this lens means it is possible to zoom in and crop the image and still get a half decent image. Below is what the full size image looked like.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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