Waterfowl Camera Action

Lock down daily exercise (before I hurt my leg) consisted of getting on my pushbike and riding two miles to a lake that has a wide variety of birds:

  • Swans
  • Greylag Geese
  • Canada Geese
  • Mallard
  • Tufted Duck
  • Coot
  • Moorhen
  • Great crested Greebe
  • Grey Heron

This lake is amazing for capturing action images of the birds.

The timing is critical as when the mating season starts most of the action happens in the early morning.

An example is this Grey Heron – a strange behaviour that I had not witnessed before. It flew into a tree and then plunged head first into the lake.

It was clear when it surfaced that it had a fish – what a time to be there with it flying from left to right. A

gain the A7r4 didn’t let me down – 95% in focus, and a joy to use when the action starts.

The Geese

With swans nesting in the area it is a bad place for geese to nest and hang about in, but they do. So when a swan Pen appears, you know there will be some kind of confrontation.

Sinking low into the water the Pen picks out a goose, and within seconds is pushing the water forward making good seed for the attack.

The poor geese scatter everywhere with water going all over.

It is brilliant to see what you got when you import the images into the laptop.

Some geese take a chance, make a short flight and land on the water but others take to the air creating a racket.

The Coot

Another bird I love to film is the Coot – a bird that is always fighting and chasing around in the breeding season.

As I was leaving I noticed all three heading for the same place with a posture that meant battle.

I waited and it happened.

The fight lasted for about a minute, water, feet and heads going everywhere.

Over about a week, the images the A7r4 and Sony 200-600 captured are fantastic – clear natural images with beautiful colours and I am still not used to the detail you get.

One incredible camera and lens.

Written by

I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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