Sunday, 1 February 2009

Fieldfare Views




















Having driven around the eastern edge of the Yorkshire Wolds and not seen a great deal I was pleased to find a number of Fieldfare and Redwing in a field on the edge of Staxton, there was also a small flock of Starlings with them and some House Sparrows in the Hedgerow.
I could not focus through the twigs around a tree trunk and the fence and was surprised that a few birds stayed near as I took some shots. Holding the camera steady in the bitter wind was not easy and the first flakes of another snow flurry started falling round my ears. This can be seen in the Redwing shot.
Three hares seen, two in a field and one running down the verge at the side of the road.

8 comments:

Roy said...

Great shots Mike.
I have been up around Staxton Wold area in my time and that is no place for the feint hearted at the moment. So you did well to venture up there and I'm surprised the camera didn't freeze up on you.

Lynmiranda said...

Well done Mike for getting these pictures of the Fieldfare and the Redwing:-)

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks for your comments Roy & Lyn.
It is certainly bleak up on the Wolds if you are up there in drifting snow you really would know about it.
There is no way I would be there tomorrow.
Keep warm.
Mike

Little Brown Job said...

Great shots Mike, love the markings on fieldfares.

Paul.

hockeyboy150 said...

Good shots Mike, Fieldfare are incredibly skittish and difficult to get a close shot of.

Vince Cowell

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks very much Paul & Vince.
The markings are beautiful are'nt they.
I was hidden behind a tree (partly that is)!
I was surprised they did'nt take flight, perhaps frozen to the spot!
Mike

Chris said...

Hi Mike,
This is not bad at all considering the weather condition... The fieldfare pictures are really great and we can see there were not that easy to take hein!!! Congrats..

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks Chris.
Forgot to mention these pictures were taken at either ISO 1600 or even 3200.
Noise was removed in part by processing through Neat Imaging.
Wonderful what current technology achieves.