Friday, 10 September 2010

Watlington Hill




























































I recently went to Watlington in Oxfordshire to photograph Red Kites that have been successfully bred and released into the Chilterns. Watlington Hill is a good spot to try and photograph them as they nest in the surrounding woods and can be seen fairly frequently in the area. Sometimes patience is a requirement to get some decent images, and whilst it's a quality I rarely have I did manage a couple of images that I was fairly pleased with. It is quite a steep hill that requires some degree of fitness and during one descent I came across a small herd of what I believe were Fallow Deer. The deer stopped briefly in the middle of the track but once I had been spotted they quickly disappeared into the undergrowth.These images were captured with a new Nikon 200mm-400mm Telephoto lense with a 1x4 Teleconverter and so far the results from this lense have been quite encouraging and appear slightly sharper than my previous Sigma lense. I hope to go back soon to try and take some more images and have to say that watching Red Kites flying closely overhead is quite an exhilerating experience.
















7 comments:

  1. Outstanding flight shots,being a person who digiscopes,i find it impossible to pull off brilliant flight shots like these.
    Maybe in the future i will change to hand held.
    john.

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  2. Those are beautifully sharp images, Anthony. I particularly like how the kite is checking you out in the last 2 shots.

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  3. Great set of images Anthony definatley worth another visit looking at these.

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  4. A real stunning set of flight shots Anthony, made me a bit green as I dont have any decent Red Kite shots. "Well Done"

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  5. Nice work Anthony. Well worth a bit of waiting i'd say :-)

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  6. Fantastic shots of the Red kites one of my favorite birds.

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  7. Wonderful Kite shots, great field craft. Some of the best Kite images I have seen.
    Sam

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