After 12 months of observing the seven types of wild birds which frequently visit our garden and after many failed attempts to photograph them, I think I have worked out how I am going to capture the birds so I can build my portfolio for Getty Images.
- Blue Tits (pictured Below). The Blue Tits visit the feeders all day long however, they tend to be most active in numbers around 8.30am, 12.30pm to 1.30pm and 4pm. I can capture Blue Tit's easily.
- Goldfinch. We have two Goldfinch's which come in daily since I put out Sunflower Hearts in the feeders. The challenge is they both have no pattern and are very random visitors. Just going to have to sit out and wait!!!
- Woodpecker. Up in till recently, we only had one Red Headed Woodpecker visiting our garden. Now there is two. These birds are very shy though and never come into the garden when I have my hide set up. I really want to capture the Woodpecker but I think I will need a longer lens then I currently have so I can put my hide further away from the feeders.
- Blackcap. A Stunning grey bird with a black head which is about the same size as an adult Blue Tit. A very recent addition to the garden and an all day visitor. Won't be long before I have an image!
- Red Robin. Already bagged him! Next steps are to get a variety of images for my portfolio. Click this link to see the image:- http://www.imagecaptured.co.uk/p464267171/h6701c93a#h6701c93a
- Great Tit. A similar bird to the Blue Tit but with a slightly bigger body, longer beak and a thick black strip down his face and chest. Again, like the Woodpecker, will not come to the feeders when the hide is set up.
- Long Tailed Tit. A lovely small bird however, soooooo difficult to photograph. He moves so quick making it difficult to capture a sharp image. Practise makes perfect though.
My challenge is having the time to devote to capturing the images I want and need so it is going to be a slow process developing my portfolio of wild birds.