Saturday, 10 January 2009

Cold Top Hill





We visited Top Hill Low NR last Sunaday and and had a good day despite the bitter cold.
Most of the lagoons and marsh areas were frozen and there was little to see but on the 'D' and 'O' resevoirs there was a lot of birds including a good number of Goldeneye.
As an early 2009 outing there was plenty to add to our year list.
One highlight was a female Bullfinch just off the car park which showed for reasonable pictures. However, I remain seeking classic Bullfinch picture. The pictures were in dull light so from top to bottom range from ISO 800 to 1250 to 1600. Hence the last two have been processed through Neat Images software to filter out some noise.

8 comments:

Roy said...

Great shot of a female Mike.
I should be so lucky. {:)

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

To say I never used to see Bullfinches Roy it is pleasing to see them quite regularly now.
Often it is traveling down a lane in the car and they are usually off when the car stops or the window goes down. I have looked through the viewfinder before now to find the bird's gone!
Mike

Michael Flowers said...

Hi Mike,
Have you been to see the Hessle Bullfinches visiting the tables in Humber Bridge Country Park? If you take some seed you can get really close & if you prefer them in natural habitat you'll be able to work out which twigs they like to perch on before going down to the tables. Avoid school holidays, obvious dog walking times & weekends - mornings are best!
Michael

Lynmiranda said...

Great pictures of your female Bullfinch :-)

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks for your comments Michael and Lynmiranda.
Thanks for the tip on Bullfinch location Michael. Any colonies I find seem to move around a lot si if I get chance I will give it a go.
Regards
Mike

Chris said...

Ouah, again with these light condition these are nice shot of a beautiful bullfinch female... Congrats and thanks for sharing

Michael Flowers said...

Hi Mike,
Are you OK with sharing links?
My blog is at www.eybirdwatching.blogspot.com
Cheers
Michael

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks for your comments Chris. I really like your blog.
Would be delighted to exchange links Mike, I was going to ask you!
Mike