Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lots of Knot

The local winter knot flocks have now reached large numbers which means that finding groups of several thousand birds is relatively easy. I though this year I would have a go photographing some pf the flocks, although I must confess I always find this type of photography difficult. Unfortunately the impact of these photos is reduced by their small size on the Blog, but they give the general impression.
A tightly packed flockTo watch them is an experience in itself due to the swirling synchronised movements of the birds
I thought I would also try some low level photos and lay on the local beach as the tide brought them in.
The sound from one of these flocks marching in unison is spectacular. I also have done a bit of experimentation, although only days with some slow shutter speeds when light has been poor. The idea in this shot was to try an isolate a stationary bird in the foreground while the others scurried around it.
Of course the other elements is these birds in flight.
and a couple of photos to finish off using the offshore wind farm to give a sense of place. I still have some more experimenting to undertake with the flocks and have some ideas using some wider angle lenses. If those ideas work I will obviously let you know.

4 comments:

T and S said...

Beautiful series. A picture very similar to your 6th one won some award in an international competition, you are on your way to winning one if you keep this going...WOW...Thomas

Bernie Krausse said...

I don't know where to begin, except to say that I enjoy your passion for wildlife photography very much. Your photos have great emotional impact upon viewing. I found your site on the Nature Blog Network. With this group of photos, I especially enjoy your flocks of Knots with the Windmills in the Background.

Flashflache said...

Wonderful series! Wish I could be there too.

Rich Steel said...

Thanks for the replies. As I have said I find flock photography difficult but as they say the more you practice the easier something tends to get. Looks like I will just have to practice some more ;)

Cheers

Rich

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