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Return of the Short Eared Owl

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Return of the Short Eared Owl

For the past week I've been spending quite a bit of time at Burwell Fen. Despite, what I would consider not to be a particularly cold Winter thus far, the conditions have brought a number of Short Eared Owls into the area. These for me are iconic of cold Winter days, with their piercing yellow eyes. I first saw one up on the Island of Mull and am so pleased to see them return in reasonable numbers to my local patch. Short Eared Owl

Certainly going to take quite a bit of field craft to get close over the coming weeks - but hey that's one of the things I absolutely love about Wildlife Photography and I fear something that a lot of people, who want instant results, try and short cut.

Also I've been out with a new Camera - a Canon 7D MK II. I actually swapped this for my used 1D MK IV which was only getting used behind the goal at matches. (Main bodies are 1DXs). The crop sensor on the 7D MK II (1.6) gives me a 640mm focal length when paired with my 400mm, without loosing at f stops ....  Certainly a cheaper way to get 600mm reached without dropping over £8k on a lens.  And then when I really want to push things pairing this combination with my 2xTC will give me over 1200mm reach, albeit at f/5.6.

Over the coming months I hope to put the 7D MK II through it's paces in various environments and will post my feelings here later.

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The Blue Hour

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The Blue Hour

Oystercatcher at speed during the Blue Hour on the Island of Mull, Scotland. The Blue Hour - Oystercatcher at Speed

The technical details

  • Camera - Canon 1DX
  • Settings - ISO 1000, f/5.6, 800mm (400mm lens with 2x converter)
  • Focus - AI Servo

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Cape Cormorant (South Africa)

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Cape Cormorant (South Africa)

Twas a windy day down at Bettys Bay, South Africa. We had mainly gone to see the Penguins that reside there (and I have to admit much better views of Penguins that at the more popular Boulders Beach). The Cape Cormorants also nest down there and gave some impressive fly-bys. The Cape cormorant or Cape shag (Phalacrocorax capensis) is a bird endemic to the southwestern coasts of Africa. Such beautiful birds, especially the colours around the face. Cape Cormorant in Flight

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