This is about half the present flock (c45 birds in this)
The photos from the new canera/lens take heavy cropping quite well too.
In the early afternoon I went over to Lower Bruckland Ponds to find a few things to point it at, both small and quick and large and slow.
Even though the lens has a whopping 3.5m minimum focusing distance it still does a decent job of dragonflies, like this Common Darter
Large and slow... a doddle.
Little Grebe with psychedelic background!
I didn't get much opportunity to try small birds moving in bushes but eventually a passing flock of Long-tailed Tits obliged.
As for birds in flight, I slightly overstretched myself trying to get Swallows and House Martins. I haven't got the hang of tracking them quickly enough, I suppose it will come with practice, this shot of a House Martin is my best effort. As for larger slower subjects...
This is the type of shot I've been longing to take, even if it it's only a Mallard.
"A horse is a thing of beauty... none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendour."
I wholeheartedly agree and if you don't feel the same, let me persuade you. Again, repeat after me...
A horse is a thing of beauty... none will tire of looking at him
as long as he displays himself ...
... in his splendour!
Well he had just woken up, bless him!