Instead I've had my camera close at hand for lockdown listing, trying to get shots of every species I've seen. Largely this has been completely unsatisfactory - crappy record shots of distant Red Kites and Buzzards and so on, or of garden birds obscured by foliage. In other words the kind of photos I loathe. Opportunities for anything better have been few and far between, but there have been a few occasions where a hint of what I am after has managed to creep in. There are only two natural perches within range that [just about] meet my requirements for a clean background, and only one of them is close enough for a small bird to be worth bothering with - but because it is quite close to a large human standing on a balcony, birds seem to visit it very infrequently. And then there is a chimney pot....
Here are three that I took this morning from my balcony. The local Wren, one of our many Ring-necked Parakeets, and finally an amorous Woodpigeon.
Wrens aren't easy - have seen loads on my exercise walks recently but we've only managed a couple of pics. Share your pain about cancelled trips - we should have been watching the migration over the Straits of Gibraltar this weekend! A trip to Bempton Cliffs in May will also probably go. On the plus side we now have a Greater Spotted Woodpecker visiting our feederReplyDelete
I'm lucky in that I have many hobbies that are home based, so a loss of travel is not a total catastrophe. I've improved upon the Wren with a longer lens now as well.Delete