Archive for February, 2010

Must be Spring

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 27 February 2010 by bramblejungle

The temperature reached 10C when it (briefly) stopped raining: warm enough for a few bugs to emerge. Looks like being a good year for weevils!
Weevil 2
Beetle
Weevil 1

Experimenting with digiscoping

Posted in birds, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 17 February 2010 by bramblejungle

A few weeks ago the local Aldi had spotting scopes in their “Thursday Special”. I didn’t expect much at the price, but was pleasantly surprised. Add a cheap camera from e-bay (has to have a small lens, so the 55mm-diameter Panasonic is no use), and see what happens. Results so far are encouraging, provided that 1. the subject is at least 12 metres away and doesn’t move 2. there’s plenty of light 3. you don’t mind using software to remove the effects of chromatic aberration in the ‘scope. A bit limiting, then, but I think it’s worth some more work.
Here’s a sparrow at 15m or so:
Distant sparrow

Bluetits are getting bigger!

Posted in birds, flight, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 13 February 2010 by bramblejungle

A few weeks ago I noticed that fatballs in the garden feeder were disappearing at an alarming rate – and soon spotted the reason, in the shape of a jackdaw:
Caught in the act
This weekend, a rook took over. It’s almost as big as the feeder, and has no trouble removing big chunks of food with that cold-chisel of a beak:
Meant for small birds

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