What to do when the family is away on vacation over the festive season?
What would any sane birder do who has some time on his hands?
I had been doing some calibration tests on my 600mm and it appeared to be back-focusing just a little - but the only real test is in the field, so I headed out to JPR and caught up with the usual winter wetland suspects at the reserve.
Still good numbers of ducks present, although most were quite a distance away and focusing over water is never a good test. However, I was pleased to have finally photographed Common Pochard (which are not terribly common), the drake showed a bit of attitude with the 'local' Ferruginous Duck
|Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) with Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)|
|Female Garganey (Anas querquedula)|
|Female Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)|
|Gadwall (Anas strepera)|
|Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)|
|Portrait 1st year Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)|
Common Black-headed Gulls seem to have commandeered the large northern pool just by way of numbers
|Adult Common Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)|
|1st year Common Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)|
|Little Crake (Porzana parva)|
|Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)|
|Territorial Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)|
|Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)|
|Feeding Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)|
|Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)|
|Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) with breakfast|
The bottom line of this mornings test was that my lens was now front focusing just a little, so I need to 'push' out the adjustment to get it spot on