Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Barnie Bee, Barnie Bo














This one at 1/8000 sec!!!
On leave this week with my list of DIY jobs I had a break yesterday and went In search of some Tundra Bean Geese that had been seen locally but I had no joy despite the fact they were seen yesterday.
After a trip round Filey Country Park I went local and sat to see if a barn owl was flying. Sure enough after about 15 minutes I saw the white flight of a Barn Owl on a distant hedgerow going away from me. After about another 20 minutes the owl was flying back along the hedgerow and turned at 90 degrees to fly straight towards me. I always end up disappointed with the results, the sunlight was bright and a bit harsh (how can I moan about the sun) and when the bird got more or less parallel to me I was shooting straight into the sun. As in the heat of the moment I had not reduced the ISO the speed of the shot was 1/8000 and of course disappointingly dark. Not pleased with these results. I also foolishly reduced the focal length of my lens to ensure I had all the bird in frame, but did this toom uch down to 226mm, oh well another day!

Chances of getting it all right, lighting, bird flying close by, right side of me in relation to the sun! Well as the advert says that would be priceless!

12 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

They aren't bad, in fact, they are pretty good Mike.

Chris said...

OUah what a beauty,, and as Bob said, they are not bad at all and even really good... I love them all and will take all the set ;-) Beauty!

The Early Birder said...

I'd be happy just seeing one at the moment. Give youreself a clap for these results. FAB.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks Bob, Chris & Frank I think a blog needs to record the ups and downs of birding or in my case bird photography.
First few shots are ok but it was when the bird was close in the last shot I think I fluffed it!

Linda Yarrow said...

Despite the problems you had, they are pretty good shots:-) Another bird I would love to see.

Roy said...

All the same Mike, I think you have got some really good shots here.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Fortunate, so many fortunate captures today from others as well, what a smashing catch you got, they are all grande~

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks for the comments Linda, Roy & Mary.
The Barn Owl Trust might give you a clue where they have boxes in Dorset Linda. That would give you a good chance of seeing one, google Barn Owl Trust for a lead in.

Linda Yarrow said...

Thankyou Mike:-)

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