Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Autumn is Coming

Autumn is definitely arriving here in St Albans, with the leaves starting to fall and the squirrels collecting acorns.

Autumn Berries

This greedy fellow was running around our garden with two acorns in his mouth at the same time:

Not one acorn but two!


The farmers have ploughed all the fields round about and there are plenty of Birds of Prey to be seen soaring high over the freshly ploughed fields looking for food.

Unfortunately I couldn't get close to them and the following shots are the best I could do armed with my Nikon D300s, 70-200 f/2.8G VR II and TC-1.4E II converter (420mm focal length equivalent). I think you would need a 600mm and to get a lot closer to get decent shots.

Buzzard


SparrowHawk (female)

SparrowHawk (female)


Kestrel (female)

Also saw a group of 3 partridges picking over the fields, in the same place as the Birds of Prey above - I wonder how long they will last before becoming food themselves?