This winter has been, perhaps busier than ever. I have had a few rare opportunities to photograph, with my day work taking so much time and most importantly, energy. Photography has been in part a therapy away from that. But that therapy requires only taking photos, it does not require or indeed always necessitate the sharing of said photos. The little activeness on that part has been on the easy to use platform that is instagram, not on wordpress.
Female Bearded reedling (Viiksitimali) in February.
And to counterpart it, the male Bearded Reedling a true Angry bird if there ever was one.
These little birds are very fun to photograph and observe and it was a great pleasure to be able to do it this winter as it requires a bit off a special weather.
Summer is fading, making way for autumn. Going to be photographing more birds most likely in the coming weeks as migration season properly starts.
This bird shot was done with a 85mm lens, mostly used in portraits, not bird shots.
Geese flying home after the winter. Finland, April 2017.
A female bullfinch ravishing rowan berries before the winter proper arrives.
and whooper swans enjoying it to the full.
Been a while since I have used my old Nikon D70. Looking at some of the photos taken with it I sometimes wonder whats the problem with old technology? This photo is taken with an obsolete over a decade old digital camera. STill good enough to do a A3 sized print from and looks good to me?
The changes in the weather have been epic to say the least. First a stunningly cold beginning to summer, then a very hot and long period and then boom the weather changed into constant thunder storms, and a drop to very cold weather.
Showing both sides of the weather.
And now, again lovely weather, atypically warm for the beginning of September. Now of course the leaves are starting to turn yellower and soon the full autumn colors will be on display. Also, gathering birds for migration once more.
A special time for sure.
One of the more beautiful, yet very shy small bird species. A male and female, photographed about 100m apart, both alone.
The male was less cautious so I could get a little bit closer than the next photo.
As you can see, not a very large bird, sitting on a straw like that. For enhanced difficulty between me and the bird a lot of marshland that coul potentially have vipers in it. Not something I wanted to step upon in normal walking shoes.