Thursday, 9 March 2017

More peregrines

The camera set up that I use for these shots is equal to about 30X magnification or a lens of about 1470mm.
It takes a bit of getting used to. For the the static shots I rest the set up on the roof of the car or on the window ledge if I am inside. The flight shots are hand held. I rarely use a tripod or monopod so there is a bit of luck involved and a lot of pics are discarded.
The birds are so far away they are difficult to see with the naked eye, I estimate about 200m. I am hoping to get a lot nearer.
Checking on another nest site a metre or so from the last one.


  1. I always find birds in flight against the sky really tricky, especially when you need to be quick!

    1. Spot metering with the spot on the bird, tricky, but with practice and patience it can be done. Good luck, Mike.


Mike Attwood - Photographer

About Me

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Evacuated during the second world war to a village in Yorkshire where I lived in the home of a good photographer for more than five years who taught me the basics and a great deal about nature. Well past retirement age I have been a wildlife photographer for more than 30 years. Red Kites have been my speciality for much of this period. I did spend several years snapping wheelchair athletes and organizing the British Road Race Championship. In the year 2000 I was awarded a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society for my portfolio on wheelchair athletes. Most of my pics are digital, using Sony cameras and Sigma lenses. I used to spend many weeks each year with friends in Wales which is close to the Elan Valleys where I got many of my raptor pics. I now get these pictures more closely to home, specially red kites and peregrines. I support my pension by selling my pics, cards, coasters, fridge magnets and key rings etc. at craft fairs, something I wish I had done much earlier in life. I give illustrated talks to clubs and societies on wildlife and other branches of photography that I have been involved in.