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Blashford Lakes

10 Aug

Yesterday. Blashford Lakes. Me. Sexy.

Buzzard oiling the wheels of commerce with its lust fuelled advertising

Buzzard oiling the wheels of commerce with its lust fuelled advertising

Blue tit bringing everything around to himself

Blue tit bringing everything around to himself

The smuggest stock dove I have ever encountered

The smuggest stock dove I have ever encountered

Robin in autumn smudge plummage

Robin in autumn smudge plummage

Kestrel milking the air butter

Kestrel milking the air butter

Greenfinch tailor weaving tiny trousers for a ghost

Greenfinch tailor weaving tiny trousers for a ghost

Coal tit; does not burn as well as its name suggest

Coal tit; does not burn as well as its name suggests

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Bird Photography – Tips From A Master

8 Mar

Yesterday I went to Blashford Lakes and seen some birds so I could write you this guide to doing bird photos as good as me. You are welcome.

Bird Photography

Tips From A Master

By baldmonkey

Rule of Thirds
Even the most amateurist photographers know the rule of thirds. Put simply, you only ever need to get about a third of your subject in frame.

One third of a pochard

One third of a pochard

Lines
When composing your shot consider the use of the lines in view. Try to use them to draw the eye naturally towards the subject of the photo. If this is not possible at the time, remember you can always use photo software to subtly enhance the picture later. See how the first chaffinch is dull and the second vibrant.

Chaffinch without lines

Chaffinch without lines

Chaffinch with best lines

Chaffinch with brilliant lines

Path of Motion
In action photos it is important to consider the subject’s path of motion. You want to aim to have the bird as near the edge as possible, so that people don’t have to wait long when they are imagining the bird going away.

Blue tit flighting.

Blue tit flighting.

Focus
Like all glamour photography, bird photos are better in soft focus. Edges are like paper-cuts to the retina.

Ouchy focus. :(

Ouchy focus. 😦

Perfect and erotic focus.

Perfect and erotic focus. 😀

Background
There is nothing more boring than just all trees and that in the background of a wildlife photo. If that is all you captured you can always make the background more exciting in Photoshop or Pixlr.

What a boring photograph.

What a boring photograph.

This is much better.

This is much better.

Light
You don’t want too much glare off of the birds’ sweaty feathers so try to shoot in as low light as possible. Light is the natural enemy of the photographer.

Nuthatch. Levelly lighted.

Nuthatch. Levelly lighted.

Camera Settings
The many settings on your high-class camera may seem confusing. But they can be easily conquered if you know what they are for.
ISO – ISO stands for I. S. O. and is best used as an afterthought. Perhaps during a dinner party.
Exposure – Exposure is good because if you get lots of it you can be famous. Set it high.
Aperture – I don’t know. Is it like an overture or something. Probably not important.
Auto – This is the mode you should set your camera to. At all times. Always.

Great White Egret

31 Aug

Today I gone to Blashford Lakes and seen lots of things including a great white egret. It would have been good but my back hurts and there were lots of people there and some spoke to me and I was all like “Yes, I am baldmonkey off of baldmonkeyseenabird.” and “No, you cannot have my autograph I hate you for having an awful hobby like birdwatching when you are clearly capable of talking to other people. You disgust me.”

Great white egret being far away.

Great white egret being far away.

Great white egret flying further away.

Great white egret flying further away.

Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Robin

Robin

Little grebe

Little grebe

Little grebe with loud and needy littler grebe.

Little grebe with loud and needy littler grebe.

Green sandpiper sort of thing.

Green sandpiper sort of thing.

Great Crested Grebes

Great Crested Grebes

Juvenile great crested grebe. Little great crested grebe. Crested grebe. No crest yet though as it is little. Grebe.

Juvenile great crested grebe. Little great crested grebe. Crested grebe. No crest yet though as it is little. Grebe.

Great crested grebe.

Great crested grebe.

FUNGUS! I WIN!

FUNGUS! I WIN!

Dunnock.

Dunnock.

Common tern.

Common tern.

Chaffinch.

Chaffinch.

Blue tit.

Blue tit.

Blackbird.

Blackbird.

Albatross.

Albatross.

Urgh! Disgusting! Kill it! Kill it!

Urgh! Disgusting! Kill it! Kill it!

Also, last weekend I gone to Baffins Pond and Rotherlands Nature Reserve but I didn’t bother uploading the photos because they were crap so here they are for you. I love you. Die.

Baffins Pond:

Moorhens.

Moorhens.

Cormorant trying to blend in with canada geese.

Cormorant trying to blend in with canada geese.

Canada goose.

Canada goose.

Black-headed gulls.

Black-headed gulls.

 

Rotherlands:

Grey wagtail.

Grey wagtail.

Dragon

Dragon

Buzzards.

Buzzards.

Buzzard.

Buzzard.

Bees.

Bees.

Half a magpie.

Half a magpie.

Common Redprobollbly

5 Apr

Gone to Blashford Lakes. Seen these:

Siskin

Siskin

Robin

Robin

Jackdaw

Jackdaw

Giant woodpecker trying to eat a normal sized basketball

Giant woodpecker trying to eat a normal sized basketball

Common redpoll

Common redpoll

Collared dove

Collared dove

Blue tit

Blue tit

Bank vole going around getting bailed out by tax-payer voles

Bank vole going around getting bailed out by tax-payer voles

A bird wearing a tiny balaclava

A bird wearing a tiny balaclava

Sign Spotting

10 May

Today I gone to Blashford Lakes and I seen some stuff. Here is the some stuff I seen.

Wren

Wren

Swift

Swift

Sand martin

Sand martin

Sand martin again

Sand martin again

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

Not a bird

Not a bird

Low grade pheasant

Low grade pheasant

Long-tailed tit

Long-tailed tit

Lapwing go away

Lapwing go away

Lapwing come back

Lapwing come back

I'm pretty sure it's a mistle thrush

I’m pretty sure it’s a mistle thrush

It might be a song thrush though

It might be a song thrush though

Great spotted woodpecker

Great spotted woodpecker

Great spotted woodpecker again

Great spotted woodpecker again

Great crested grebe

Great crested grebe

Fungus! I win!

Fungus! I win!

Fungus! I win! Again!

Fungus! I win! Again!

Chaffinch

Chaffinch

Canada goose and gooselets

Canada goose and gooselets

Buzzard

Buzzard

Blue tit

Blue tit

All in all, it was boring. So I invented sign spotting. It is easier, quicker and betterer. You can look at it HERE.

Lesser Redpoll

21 Dec

Today I gone to Blashford Lakes. There were lots of birdwatchers there. Some of them had friends. I don’t understand that. If I had friends I wouldn’t do seening birds; I’d do something enjoyable. Anyway though but, I saw a load of birds so it don’t even matter.

I seen lesser redpolls and bramblings and siskins which I can cross off my list now thanks.

Lesser redpoll looking one way

Lesser redpoll looking one way.

Lesser redpoll looking the other way.

Lesser redpoll looking the other way.

Brambling.

Brambling.

A siskin.

A siskin.

A siskin also.

A siskin also.

Then I seen some sort of grebe. I think it is a black-throated grebe. Dunno though. Soz. Fuzzy photo don’t help, is it?

Fuzzy grebe.

Fuzzy grebe.

Anyway, whatever type of grebe it is it told me your mum lives here because it is her best house. And I believe him.

Your mum's best house ever.

Your mum’s best house ever.

Later I seen another grebe. It was a little grebe.

Splash where a little grebe was just moments earlier.

Splash where a little grebe was just moments earlier.

And I think I seen a firecrest or possibly a goldcrest but the photos are so bad I can’t be sure. (Edit: Earlyworm Birder tells me this is definitely a goldcrest. And Earlyworm Birder‘s word is good enough for me as long as it means I can cross another thing off the list. Be sure to visit Earlyworm Birder‘s blog. And then tell me if it is any good as I couldn’t be bothered to look at it myself; he sounds awful.)

Firecrest possibly.

Firecrest possibly.

Or maybe a goldcrest.

Or maybe a goldcrest.

Here are other things I seen.

Target-faced Goldfinch just begging to be shot.

Target-faced Goldfinch just begging to be shot.

A load of some ducks.

A load of some ducks.

Shoveler with badly defined edges.

Shoveler with badly defined edges.

Long-Tailed Tit

Long-Tailed Tit

Great Spotted Woodpecker (proper male edition)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (proper male edition)

Boring and ill-focused gadwall.

Boring and ill-focused gadwall.

Cormorant tree bearing fruit.

Cormorant tree bearing fruit.

Blue Tit (or, en Francais, Le Tit Bleu)

Blue Tit (or, en Francais, Le Tit Bleu)

Greylag Geese

21 Sep

I’ll not lie; I’ve been a bit disheartened by birds lately. Most of them don’t let me seen them on account of selfishness. So when I gone up the Blashford Lakes this morning and seen these greylag geese, I decided to cross them off the list even though it is an awful photo.I think that might be a couple of lapwings in the front there and all. But the less said about them the better.

There were lots of old people in the hide there. I told them my really great greylag goose joke:

 Q. What did the greylag goose do when it was on Goose-Mastermind?

 A. Anser anser!

This is very much amusing because the science name for a greylag goose is anser anser which sounds similar to answer answer which is what you do to the questions on Mastermind. However, the old people did not laugh even though I explained it many times.

I should have told them that Goose-Mastermind would be presented by Cygnus Cygnusson because that sounds like Magnus Magnusson who used to present Mastermind when he wasn’t dead and cygnus cygnus is the science name for a whooper swan and swans are similar to goose. But it would have been a waste of my time on account of they were humourless.

Other things I seen were these robin, blue tit, coal tit, sedge warbler, great crested grebe and jay.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

27 Jul

Look, I been up Blashford Lakes most of the day and we’ve got a fair bit to go through, so if it’s okay with you, I’ll just try and chug through it all. I mean, I don’t enjoy this anymore than you do and if we don’t crack on we could be here all night.

Right so I seen this splendidly male lesser spotted woodpecker.

So and I seen these nuthatches.

I seen pheasant and all.

And a coal tit.

And I seen a few blue tits. This decent one.

And also this mutant no head feather mutant blue tit. Like all ugly things it will die in the Autumn.

I seen this great crested grebe with its babies on its back and another great crested grebe was catching fish and feeding the babies. I can’t tell which is the male and which is the female. I reckon the male is the one hunting for fish. That’s what I’d do in his situation.

I seen this female chaffinch.

And I seen these proper chaffinches.

I seen an collared dove.

I seen a female tufted duck and some baby tufted ducks and then the female tufted duck and the baby tufted ducks together.

And a black headed gull with a young black headed gull.

And I seen a load of common terns doing catching a fishes.

And I seen great tit, coot, goldfinch, greenfinch, mute swan and robin which are all unremarkable and that.

Then I seen a few I weren’t sure about like this thing next to a blur.

And these probably-a-blackbirds.

Then I seen a thing in a reed bed what I don’t know at all.

And also I seen a spider which is not a bird.

On the way home I been to Testwood Lakes quick to see what it is like and I seen geese and gulls.

I seen a heron and a crow.

I seen a cormorant.

And I seen a load of sand martins.

I reckon I’ll go there another time again too.

So, yeah.

Little Egret

22 May

Went to Broadmarsh again. Seen this little egret. An egret is like a heron but small and white. He was fishing.

I also seen this tern I am pretty sure it is a common tern. It could be an arctic tern but the underside of the wings didn’t really seem to have a distinct white section so I reckon it was a common tern. He was fishing too.

Later I seen this male house sparrow. He’s ace. I called him Timothy.

What would you call a male house sparrow? Male house sparrows do not fishing, okay?

Great Spotted Woodpeckers

19 May

So today I went to Blashford Lakes and I seen a male great spotted woodpecker. He had this red bit that was messed up. Shouldn’t be though.

I also saw a female great spotted woodpecker. Note how she stuffs her face and has got fat now she has trapped a male into being her mate

There were loads of other birds too. This is a great tit. Some people think it is fun to misinterpret the name tit as meaning a breast but i do not mean this.

Also I seen this jackdaw. Jackdaws are a type of crow. I like crows. Not Phillip Crow though. We were friends at school but now I think he isn’t so good.

I seen this jay. Jays are also a type of crow. I think of jays as drag queen magpies. Ha ha. Imagine that.

Also a chaffinch.

And a song thrush. I find it difficult to tell a song thrush from a mistle thrush. Do you find it difficult to tell a song thrush from a mistle thrush?

These are common buzzards yeah?

So I saw a load of sandwich terns I think but they didn’t come out too good in any photos.

And a great crested grebe

And like loads and loads of sand martins

Also I seen two things which are not birds but I thought you might like to see