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Chough at sunrise.

Chough at sunrise.
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Bagnall (Heyshamite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 396] (2193)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400L IS f4-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-31 11:18
Viewed: 3731
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Having seen my first Chough a few days earlier I was determined to try and photograph one. I left the caravan site early and drove to the Old Head of Kinsale where I had seen some the day previous. I looked around where I had been and seen them but there was nothing. I decided to drive round the lanes and 200 yards up the road I spotted this bird about 20 yards into the field. I drove past slowly until I found a spot to turn round thinking my only chance was a picture from the car. Got the camera ready as I expected it to fly off as soon as I stopped. Slowly crept up to the bird, window open and braked. Took 2 quick shots, bird just looked up and carried on feeding! I took some more as it worked its way across the field and then I got out and put my 300-800mm lens on and took a few more. This back lit one which is lighting up the beak and legs along with the raindrops on the stubble, is one of my favourites. It may not be the best of pictures but it is different.
Camera settings:- ISO 100, Spot metering, AV, Auto exposure, Manual White balance - sunlight, 1.4 x converter, 560mm focal length, Hand held. Picture cropped.

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Hello Peter , you photographed in very difficult light conditions , good composition , TFS .

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