Single frame… European robin (Erithacus rubecula)

European robin (Erithacus rubecula)European robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 100-400mm f4.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 400mm, 1/250s, f8, ISO 500

This week has seen a reshuffle of camera equipment enabling the acquisition of a Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR lens. Like a lot of people I’ve taken more of an interest in wildlife this past year and this lens, longer than any other in my collection by quite a margin, gets me so much closer to my subjects.

More practice is definitely required, even with optical image stabilisation (OIS) avoiding camera shake is difficult with a lens this long.

Single frame… ‘When the red, red robin comes bob-bob bobbin’ along…’

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Nikon D5500, Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD at 300mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 140

I’m not really a ‘twitcher’ (although I have just joined the RSPB) but photographing birds whilst out and about is proving to be very enjoyable and the acquisition of a Tamron SP 70-300mm lens for my wife’s Nikon D5500 has made doing so much easier…

Granted, so far a lot of my images are of Robins (Erithacus rubecula) but the UK’s favourite bird is incredibly numerous and not at all shy, making the capturing of images a breeze!

Single frame… Bass Rock, August 2020

Bass Rock, August 2020Bass Rock, August 2020
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 74mm, 1/340s, f11, ISO 200

Bass Rock (Creag nam Bathais in Gaelic) is an uninhabited island in the Firth of Forth, roughly three miles north-east of North Berwick. The island is home to a colony of more than 150,000 Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) and they give it its… ‘distinctive’ colouring.

The pic was taken from Seacliff Beach and on that particularly glorious August Saturday the beach was busy with swimmers, kayakers and paddle-boarders… me? I limited myself to having a paddle!