Sunday, 20 February 2011

Warnham LNR - Lousy Weather Again!

Siskin, originally uploaded by Christopher Mills.
Roll on spring. For the third consecutive weekend, the weather has been awful. However I was determined to get out today and the February murk was not stopping me, so I spent a few hours at Warnham Local Nature Reserve. Given the conditions, there was little hope of getting any action shots as such, a shutter speed of 1/200 was about as good as it was going to get. I did consider ditching the Teleconverters altogether and making do with the 300 eau naturale, but there would have been no real advantage in the extra stop in that light... so I went with the 1.4x. Feeders are great in this weather - you know that birds will perch on branches and twigs near the feeders before coming in to nibble; focal length isn't quite as important and with a steady hand, you've got half a chance of a reasonably motion-blur free shot . But 300mm is still on the short side for smaller critters.

There seems to be a lot of action at Warnham at the moment. Numerous Siskins and Redpolls joined the regular cast of finches, tits and thrushes. Species observed at the feeders included:

Lesser Redpoll
Long Tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Marsh Tit
Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Reed Bunting
Sparrowhawk (swooped in, but left empty handed and was gone in the blink of an eye)
Grey Wagtail
Noisy Children

So although the weather wasn't playing ball, there was plenty of feathered friends keeping me company on a quite horrible day. At least it wasn't raining!

1 comment:

  1. You had a better day than me. I decided to do Pulborough as I thought the light would be better. Lots of mud but little to see. I have made regular check at Chesworth but no luck yet.