Monday, 30 July 2012

Kestrel Spot

This morning I managed to get out with the camera, to do what I love doing - wildlife watching. After being busy with work and shooting weddings, I needed to unwind with some wildlife photography.
I took a very slow drive through all the country lanes and stopped in a place that I thought was suitable and not long after I saw two female Kestrels scouting the heath overhead. As I scrambled through the gorse, brambles & nettles (in shorts may I add) I heard one of the kestrels calling. In my experience, Kestrels are pretty quiet animals and rarely call, so I was quite surprised to hear its vocalic sound. It wasn't long until I realised that it was because a Marsh Harrier had swooped in next to them.

I wasn't expecting great shots as I only had a Canon 70-200mm lens on me, so it was merely simple document shots. I had it out in case I managed to get any close encounters, but instead I saw these two kestrels bickering which was exciting.


(with a small crop)


I tried to make the most of the minimal focal length by including the habitat in the shot. Looking back at the shots, I should have crouched lower and composed more gorse in the frame and tried to boarder the frame. But its a start and something I can improve on when working with a restrictive focal length.



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2 comments:

  1. Love the action shot mate, almost like a reflection of a single bird! good stuff!

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  2. Great blog!!
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    Thanks,
    Pablo from Argentina

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