Not Just Birding

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Wednesday 31st March


Corn Bunting on Stoford Hill

Red Legged Partridge on Stoford Hill

Little Grebes on the River Avon near Great Durnford

Tuesday 30th March

Small Tortoiseshell in the Plum tree

Monday 29th March


Great Crested Grebe

Lesser Black Backed Gulls




Thursday 18th March


A Chiffchaff at Great Chalfield in Wiltshire this afternoon.

Monday 15th March


In the middle of last month I I came to the conclusion that as I get older my DSLR camera equipment had become too heavy to cart around.  I hadn’t used it since the latest Lockdown began.  It was time to reassess.

After due consideration I decided to sell all my camera stuff, the two dslr camera bodies and the lenses, but not the old Canon SX50 which I thought I’d use as a back up camera.  I have a soft spot for that camera and anyway it still takes decent photos and video.

After further research I decided upon the Micro Four Thirds format and the Panasonic range looked good.  I sent off all my stuff to MPB for a quote and was pleasantly surprised at their valuation.  I realised that I could afford more than I expected, so in the end I went for an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark 2 camera body with Olympus 75-300mm and 14-42mm lenses. All in excellent used condition.

Financially it worked out very well, in the end they owed me £1. I told them to put it in the charity box.

What of the new set up after two weeks of Lockdown photography?  I’m very pleased; the camera with the 75-300mm lens is about a third of the weight of my old set up, which is excellent.  What’s not so good is the Olympus menu system which poses a steep learning curve.  I’ve sorted out the basics and will delve deeper in due course.  

Am I pleased with the results so far?  I am very pleased.

Here’s a selection.

Sunday 14th March


For some reason back in January this Blog disappeared as far as I was concerned.  

There was no way I could access the site to add or edit my Blogs.

So after a week of trying I forgot about it.  Until today when Ann asked if I'd posted anything on the Blog.  I hadn't obviously so I had a look and lo and behold I could access the site once more.

I'll see if I can continue to post things from now on.