Two new feeder birds

March 04, 2019

Here's a couple of shots taken in the garden (Mies, Switzerland) during December 2018 and early 2019.  All photos were taken with the Canon 1DX Mkii and 600 mm f/1.4 + 1.4 extender, and all were taken while hiding under a Lenscoat portable hide - as always, causing much amusement to my wife!

First up, and what's become a regular visitor, is Great-spotted Woodpecker. There are two that often come together - hoping they may be tempted to nest!! This was a rather gloomy day: 1/800 at f/6.3 and ISO1600.

Great-spotted Woodpecker, Mies, SwitzerlandGreat-spotted Woodpecker, Mies, Switzerland

As the light faded, I needed to push the ISO to 6400...

Great-spotted Woodpecker, Mies, SwitzerlandGreat-spotted Woodpecker, Mies, Switzerland

On this occasion there was some light falling snow, so shutter speed of 1/50th gives the streaked effect.

Great-spotted Woodpecker, Mies, SwitzerlandGreat-spotted Woodpecker, Mies, Switzerland

And second is Eurasian Jay - absolute trouble maker around the feeders, harassing the other birds. There's plenty of food, but somehow it tastes better when stolen from another bird!!

Eurasian Jay, Mies, SwitzerlandEurasian Jay, Mies, Switzerland

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