Reed Warbler


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Having finally bought my first long telephoto zoom for nature photography I popped out to my local Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Arundel to test it out.  The original plan was to hunt for water voles but it was a windy day and they weren’t showing. Plan B was an amble through the reed bed boardwalk which rewarded me with this reed warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus). At first I could only hear it’s repetitive but beautiful song but then found the bird itself. I waited for a minute just watching and enjoying the moment and then moved close enough to be in range of the lens. The background was messy as the division between sky and land cut through the bird. I only had a few seconds to react so prioritised moving my position to bring the land behind bird’s head. I fired off a burst of seven shots and this was the best. Back at home I cropped in for a more pleasing composition. In my haste to grab the shot I left the ISO higher than necessary but the camera coped well.

I just love photography for its ability to connect me so strongly with the beauty around me and for the way it helps me to see different perspectives than in the rest of my day. It’s an instant energiser. This was a wonderful snatched moment to which the photo doesn’t do justice.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: 100-40 mm at 400 mm
Exposure: 1/1500 sec, f8
ISO 3200


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