Saturday, 31 October 2009


Birds, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

A group of mainly Redshank. They tend to feed in groups, but on some occasions they were fighting each other off.

Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 500 mm
Exposure Bias: -2/3 EV
ISO Speed: 200


Fungi, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Well please no rude comments. Yes, I know what you are all thinking....... isn't nature strange and wonderful. ;-)

Monday, 19 October 2009


Hedgehog, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Sadly a not so frequent visitor to most peoples gardens. We have a hog box at the bottom of the garden, just incase one wants to stay the winter. There are plenty of leaves on the ground for his to build his nest. The temptation of wanting to look is almost unbearable, but you are meant to leave them undisturbed. I just like to think that he is in there, all snuggled up for winter.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Taken at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve.
Of the larger waders, the Spotted Redshank is one of the more dynamic and energetic in its feeding actions, often found leaping and running in shallow water.

Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 500 mm
Exposure Bias: -2/3 EV
ISO Speed: 200

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Sulphur Tuft

Sulphur Tuft, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Went to Chest Wood at Layer de la Haye this morning. It is such a lovely little wood, and this time of year not that many people around. Autumn is well and truly here, and the leave we falling all around.

The recent rainfall made it perfect for mushroom/fungi hunting, and found these beautiful collection of Fungi.

They are sulphur tuft fungi.

Monday, 5 October 2009


Robin, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Now who doesn't like a Robin, I am sure these must be one of the most photogenic birds. Happy to sit there while you mess around with your camera settings.


Kestrel, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

This Kestrel was brilliant to photograph, saw it flying towards us, so grabbed the camera which was still setup for panning. Cropped and lightened in CS4. Please with the results.

Little Egret

Little Egret, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Really pleased with this shot. First attempt at panning shots with the Sigma 150-500mm DG OS. Using the OS on mode 2 and the focus set to AI Focus.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Seed Heads again

yellowflowerseed, originally uploaded by Markonmersea.

Not sure of the ID of this flower, it was taken at RHS Gardens at Hyde Hall (Which is fantasic BTW). It was in the Australian gardens there, so I am guessing that it is not a natural plant of the UK. The petals felt like plastic which was a strange thing indeed.