Plump Pigeon enjoying a spring evening

Plump Pigeon in The Sun and Digital Zoom

A plump pigeon comfortable on his perch in the afternoon spring sunshine.

This guy was totally not fussed about me getting closer with the camera.

Actaully there was a particular reason for the shot. In good light I wanted to test the digital zoom on the LUMIX TZ100 camera. Digital zoom is not something I am normally very keen to use. Essentially it is a cropping of the original image carried out in camera. On most cameras which I have used in the past, it’s better to process the raw image and do the crop in post processing. The in-camera process reduces image quality.

On the TZ100 I have been surprised by the digital zoom results. Judge for yourself. This hasn’t been printed yet, but I will get it done at some point.

Settings: f/6.3 (sweet spot on this lens, it seems) 1/125 s, 35mm zoom equivalent of 500mm – optical zoom goes to 250mm, so it’s 2x digital zoom. The camera will handle up to 1000mm equivalent.

Industrial Robin on a bin

Industrial Robin Red Breast

Industrial robin outside a factory

It is amazing where you will find the little robin. I saw this little guy at work. Outside in a break area, he was right at home wlaking around people’s feet and picking up scraps. The location is an industrial park in the UK. All concrete and machinery and people, with the odd bush or small tree around. Far removed from a nice urban garden.

I did look but didn’t find a nest.

Not having any alternative, these photos were taken with a mobile phone. Which shows just how tame this little guy is!

Red Breast Robin on a fence in heavy wind

Red Robin On A Fence in Strong Wind

A little red breast robin sitting on our fence. The wind was blowing hard, but he landed there and sat for a bit, feathers all ruffled.

There is always a robin in our garden. He, and, sometimes, his mate, fly around almost unnoticed, looking for food. In spring they normally nest in the bushes in the garden, though the red kites in the area are know to raid their nest.

He’s not very tame, so it is rare to get an opportunity for a photo.

 
Source: Red Robin On A Fence by Jeremy Hayden on my Pixels.com gallery.
  

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Green head of a mallard duck in the sun

Duck Shoot

Last Saturday really looked good for a duck shoot. Golden hour came and went before I surfaced. It was a great sunny day, great for collecting the gear and heading for the local lake

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Blurred grey heron - wrong autofocus setting

That Grey Heron

Here’s an unusual angle on a grey heron, just after it took off.
I have been trying to catch a decent photo of this guy  for a while, with limited success. Having watched him for a bit on the other side of the lake, he suddenly launched himself, giving me this shot.
Sadly the auto focus was set for the centre spot. Now a fisherman can talk about the one that got away. Sometimes a photographer can show the one that didn’t get in focus, below.

What happens when your autofocus is not set correctly!