Looking through the Facebook posts from a bird group to which I post, I came across an image of a Chaffinch in flight and an interesting article about garden birds photography, plus a link to a website ( http://www.robinstanbridgephotography.co.uk/ ) with some great photos of UK wildlife.

Garden Birds


Male Black Bird

Setting up something in the garden is something I’ve been thinking about for some time and at the same time reporting the progress over the year. So far I’ve acquired a couple of interesting looking branches one which is developing a good covering of moss. We already have a well established pond and a pile of rotting logs that attracts some interesting wildlife. The last couple of years a grass snake has made an appearance to gorge on the froglets in summer.

Blue Tit


Blue Tit

Robin in Flight


Early attempt at capturing an action shot

The feeding station already attracts a good range of bird visitors, from the regular garden feeders to the occasion visit from the local sparrowhawk and a grey wagtail that appears each autumn so hopefully I’m half way there. Now its a case of setting up some sort of hide and working out the best position for the camera.

Male Chaffinch


Male Chaffinch

I’ve been capturing the occasional image from the garden for some time but the temptation of the short drive to the local marshes and coast when the lights right has always won out. However, with such awful winter weather setting up something locally seems the way to go to try to get some images of garden birds in more natural poses. (One of my pet hates is seeing bird feeders in the the image) Also taking on the challenge of getting action shots is something that I would like to try.

Robin


Robin

The article and blog, together with a number of the other entries, in Robin Stanbridge website (http://www.robinstanbridgephotography.co.uk/) made interesting and helpful reading. so here goes.

I’ve added some images that I’ve captured over the past few years and hope to see some improvement over the next few months.

Female Blackcap


Female Blackcap