One day I'm going to write a blog entitled 'Things that can go wrong when using a digital camera'. You name it, I've probably done it and this holiday was no exception.
Cock-up #1 (CU1): Forgetting to switch from manual to auto focus when needed.
Cock-up #2 (CU2): Forgetting to switch the image stabilising on when I'm using a zoom lens.
Cock-up #3 (CU3): Forgetting to switch to sports setting when trying to photograph birds in motion.
Cock-up #4 (CU4): Forgetting to take the right lens with me when I KNOW I'll need my longest lens.
You'll see examples of potentially good photographs blighted by ineptitude and one or other of the above. But that's life and I did see the birds in the feather: that's the important thing.
|A Great Northern Diver, widely distributed but not common. I'm not that good at identifying Divers but the speckled back of the Great Northern gives it away. I'm always open to correction by those who know better (CU2).|
|But when we were returning from our boat trip, we did motor past a Sea Eagle's nest quite near the shore. One of the birds conveniently sat on a tree stump for a while until it flapped off to escape from some irritating crows (CU4).|
|The huge nest was in a nearby tree, with the other bird of the pair sitting on their eggs (CU4).|
|Sea Eagle in flight, with the white tail and yellow beak clearly visible (CU3).|
|A composite of shots of the bird as it tried to escape from the marauding crows. These are big birds, the largest in the UK by far, with an eight foot wing span. Camera settings were OK for this set but the sun was in the wrong place.|
|On the island of Lungha we were fortunate to be able to get close to a few shags on a cliff top. They didn't seem to mind us eating our sandwiches a few yards from them. Here is one showing off the 'courting' tuft of feathers very nicely.|
|No trip to the islands would be complete without Puffins and we saw lots of them. It's always a delight to see them up close and they never seem to be perturbed by the presence of people gawking at them.|
|Puffins coexist quite happily with rabbits. They don't share the same burrows but they do live side by side without any problems. I wish we could have lingered longer on Lungha.|