11 March 2016

A quiet week in mid March..............



An out of foocus immature Goshawk on the edge of town today................

It's been a quiet few days.

The Goshawk shots were a hurried affair from the car window on a busyish road: never a recipe for success as it proved in this case when it flew off before I could even sort out my settings. It looked a bit worse for wear, maybe it had a tough winter...............



No grebes in the port nearby, just a few common ducks including this injured drake Black Scoter.


Plenty of Scaup around.


Other stuff around included White Tailed Eagle, Great Egret and Brambling. In town the last week there have been almost no birds, just a few Dusky Thrush.

11 comments:

  1. If it survived the winter it should be in good shape to prosper now..

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    1. It must have been doing something right.............

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  2. Hello Stuart!:) I always think your shots are marvelous, and the in flight image of the Goshawk is spectacular.:)

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  3. The Goshawk shots have a beguiling-looking background, pity it's from the road!

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    1. I saw another (adult) today which also flew off before i could get a shot..........

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  4. Stuart, your comment on the first shot "an out of focus......." has me thinking that you do no editing on your shots. I just downloaded that shot, because I was sure it would benefit from a little work with Curves. The result would probably surprise you but I can't think of how to get you to see it, unless I can attached an image here somehow. Any ideas?

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    1. Hi Brian, it's an old photo but I think I just wasn't ready for itand it was also probably behind some twigs too andit may have been a bit hazy/foggy that day so the AF didn't lock on. It simply isn't a sharp photo and nothing can change that.

      I do process my photos, of course, in those days I was using Lightroom. Now I use DXO/ACDsee. DXO is my RAW converter now and it has a very useful dehaze type function that can save shots like the Goshawk..............if they had been a bit more in focus to start with.............

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  5. Postscript to my previous comment: I almost always find that the images that come out of my 7D (and it was the same with my 50D and 400D) seem to have what I can only term a sheet of fog in front of the image, which is what I saw with your shot of the immature Goshawk.

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