Sunday, 17 February 2013

Life tick

A Pied-billed Grebe (a vagrant from America) was found yesterday at Ham wall RSPB, part of the Avalon marshes, here in Somerset. I was on a 12hr day shift so had no chance of seeing what would be a life tick, as well as a county & UK tick for me. The summer bill pattern is starting to show now as it starts its moult into breeding plumage. I managed to catch up with it this morning when I joined the masses at Ham wall. As far as I am aware, this is a first for Somerset as it is now. Let me know if you know differently.

The above shots are really only record shots as it spent a lot of time at long distance & even with a 600mm & 2x teleconverter, it still needed a massive crop.
I must say that since I have updated the firmware on my D4 to 1.04 & 1.02, the af performance at f8 when using a 2x TC is now a lot more accurate & to my mind a bit quicker. All in all, worth the effort in doing.
On leaving Ham wall, I paid a quick visit to a local heronry, where the breeding season is already underway.

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