The Swan

This swan was sailing, as majestically as only swans can, on the waterway that runs through the formal gardens of Chateau Villandry.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds

Macro Moments Week 30: Quizzical Owl

This week, Sue has set us a specific theme for Macro Moments – ‘Birds’. It’s pretty difficult to get a true macro shot of a bird, I should imagine, so here is a (very) tightly-cropped image of an owl which I took at a display of birds of prey last summer.

Fortunately, I was using my best lens, so I think it has managed to retain enough detail, despite the crop.

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Nikon D800 with Nikkor 70-200mm ƒ2.8 lens at 200mm. 1/500 at ƒ4, ISO 100. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments EWeek 30: Birds

Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

Birds of prey are on a perpetual quest for food – even those that have been trained to take part in this ‘spéctacle’ at St-Germain-de-Confolens earlier this summer.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 16 – Behind

Two waterbirds – one behind the other – at Taronga Zoo, in Sydney.

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Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 16

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

Like everybody else, I was looking forward to the display of birds of prey at a chateau in the Dordogne – and when it came, I enjoyed it.

But I couldn’t help wondering, as I mooched about with my camera before showtime, what the birds themselves might think about it.

State of Mind

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

Sea Eagle

This is a sea eagle – whose feathers are black and white to begin with – taken at a display of birds of prey in the Dordogne.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything That Flies

Photography 101: Swarm

Not exactly a swarm, or a particularly technically adept photograph, but an interesting story.

The two men in the microlight are researching the habits of these geese. For about two weeks, weather permitting, they would fly over our house early in the morning. As time went on, they attracted more and more birds to fly along with them.

Haven’t seen them for a while: they must have gone south for the winter.

Swarm