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.