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Monday, 30 November 2015

Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Brambling, Goldcrest and other assorted goodies... pity about the camera!!

Weather wise, the last month or so has been awful!
 Rain, cloud, rain and more cloud, the light has not been kind to nature photographers such as myself!
  As a result, many of the photos I have managed to take have high ISO settings, so are a little 'noisy' and lacking in the usual fine details.
   However, as I've always maintained, this blog is more of a diary of what I have seen and not about photographic excellence!
   On top of the naff light and weather, my Nikon D7200 camera has started having a problem with the Sigma 150-600mm lens attached to it! I'm regularly getting a flashing symbol, F--, and the camera locks up so I can't take any photos! This is particularly frustrating when out in nature, when you need to take photos in a split second much of the time, or miss a good picture!
    Apparently the flashing F-- symbol means the camera has stopped 'seeing' the lens..... a mechanical or electrical problem. My other Nikon lenses seem to work fine with the camera, so it looks like the Sigma lens is at fault. So bloody depressing! It's still under warranty, so may have to look into getting a replacement. All in all, a hassle I didn't need....

Below are some of the pictures I have managed to get in the last few weeks, hope you enjoy;

^Above^ - Grey Wagtail at Exford on Exmoor.

^Above^ - Female Blackbird trying to get some very big berries down at Dunwear ponds, Somerset!

^Above^ - Magpie at Dunwear ponds.

^Above^ - Great Spotted Woodpecker at Dunwear ponds.

^Above^ - Unusual/escape duck at Dunwear ponds.

^Above^ - Robin at Dunwear ponds.

^Above^ - Female Tufted Duck at RSPB Radipole Lake in Weymouth, Dorset.

^Above^ - Heron on a post near Weston Super Mare, Somerset.

^Above^ - Pheasant in the road near Waterrow in Somerset.

^Above^ - Feral Pigeons at RSPB Radipole Lake.

^Above^ - Dunnock at RSPB Radipole Lake.

^Above^ - Sunset shots at RSPB Greylake in Somerset.

^Above^ - Preening Little Egret with sleeping Mallards at RSPB Greylake.

^Above^ - Female Mallard in flight at Greylake.

^Above^ - Grey Heron in evening light at Greylake.

^Above^ - Starlings in flight at Greylake.

^Above^ - Snipe at Greylake.

^Above^ - Teal at RSPB Greylake.

^Above^ - Male Wigeon at Greylake.

^Above^ - Male and female Shoveler at Greylake.

^Above^ - Kingfisher at Greylake.

^Above^ - Buzzard at Greylake.

^Above^ - Kestrel at Greylake.

^Above^ - Grey Heron on Aller moor in Somerset.

^Above^ - Friendly Robin at Radipole Lake.

^Above^ - Black Headed Gulls at a foggy Sutton Bingham reservoir in Somerset.

^Above^ - Female Hose Sparrow at Exford on Exmoor.

^Above^ - Lady and her horses at Exford.

^Above^ - Kingfisher on the bullrushes at RSPB Greylake.

^Above^ - Snipe at Greylake.

^Above^ - A Raven and a Carrion Crow having a mid-air argument at Greylake.

^Above^ - Collared Dove at Middlezoy in Somerset.

^Above^ - Young Cows at Middlezoy.

^Above^ - Dipper at Croscombe in Somerset.

^Above^ - Cute tiny Goldcrest at Croscombe, Europes smallest bird!

^Above^ - Long Tailed Tits at Croscombe....they would be Europes smallest bird but for their long tails!!

^Above^ - Robin at Croscombe.

^Above^ - Coal Tits at RSPB Swell Wood in Somerset.

^Above^ - Marsh Tit at Swell Wood.

^Above^ - Nuthatch at Swell Wood.

^Above^ - Great Tits at Swell Wood..... with Coal Tits in the bottom picture.

^Above^ - Grey Squirrel at Swell Wood.

^Above^ - Grey Squirrel and Coal Tit sharing a feeder at Swell Wood.

^Above^ - Wren at Swell Wood.

^Above^ - Coal Tit at Croscombe.

^Above^ - Blue Tits at Greylake.

^Above^ - Chaffinch at Greylake.

^Above^ - Dunnock at Greylake.

^Above^ - Robin at Greylake.

^Above^ - Golden Plovers on Westonzoyland airfield in Somerset.

^Above^ - Golden Plovers and Lapwings on Westonzoyland airfield.

^Above^ - Female Mallard at Bishops Palace moat in Wells, Somerset.

^Above^ - Meadow Pipits at Portishead beach, North Somerset.

^Above^ - Pied Wagtails at Portishead beach.

^Above^ - Curlew at Portishead beach.

^Above^ - Carrion Crows at Portishead beach, scrapping and finding a Crab for lunch!

^Above^ - Starlings in my Somerset garden.

^Above^ - Jackdaw in my Somerset garden.

^Above^ - Blackbird in my Somerset garden.

^Above^ - Female Chaffinch in my Somerset garden.

^Above^ - Collared Dove in my Somerset garden.

^Above^ - A nice surprise, a Brambling feeding with the Goldfinches and Coal Tit in my Somerset garden!

^Above^ - Goldfinches in my Somerset garden.... they absolutely love the Sunflower hearts that I provide....they're costing me a fortune!!

^Above^ - Coal Tit in my Somerset garden.

^Above^ - Blue Tit in my Somerset garden.

^Above^ - Female and male Mallards at Sutton Bingham Reservoir.

^Above^ - Wet Jackdaw at Croscombe.

^Above^ - Sunrise on the Somerset Levels..... with added Starlings!

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