I’ve delved deep into the archives for this week’s pictures.

They were taken around ten years ago when I used a Canon 500D with a 100-400 lens. I’m sure anyone who is familiar with the 500D (and the later 7D) will agree that the main drawback was the amount of “noise” (grain) that showed up in images when using a high ISO to get a fast speed.

As I couldn’t find the originals, I downloaded from the album “BIRDS” on my flickr stream, opened the pictures in LUMINAR 4 and used the Noise Reduction filter.

It was a very cold winter in 2010 when I saw this most handsome Shelduck standing to attention on an icy lake:

Shelduck ©HelenBushe

Further on was a Teal strutting his stuff:

Teal ©HelenBushe

I saw this Lapwing sheltering from a cold November wind the month before the Big Freeze of 2010:

Lapwing ©HelenBushe

A few months later when Spring arrived I spotted a male Shoveler in full breeding plumage:

Shoveler ©HelenBushe

I’ve enjoyed looking through my archives. It’s getting me ready for birdwatching this winter (as our usual jaunts to theatre, city shops, restaurants etc. won’t be happening). Every cloud has a silver lining and I have been neglecting my birdwatching for a while!

Many thanks again to Lisa for her Weekly Bird Challenge #15: Birds with Green Feathers.


Margaret · 25 September 2020 at 15:08

Fantastic photos. I especially love the Lapwing

Lisa Coleman · 25 September 2020 at 03:20

Fantastic green feathered birds. I just now saw this as I didn’t get a ping back. You pinged to my page instead of the post. I will add you to the round up. Glad I looked at your blog tonight.

    Helen Bushe · 25 September 2020 at 16:48

    Thanks Lisa. Pleased you found this! I’ll have to concentrate more when posting next time and pingback to the right page.

      Lisa Coleman · 26 September 2020 at 23:16

      Me too! If you ever write one and don’t find yourself in the round up, let me know because that means I didn’t get it. 🙂

lisaonthebeach · 25 September 2020 at 02:03

Oh my gosh! These are amazing birds!! Love them! I think I have to go with #2 as my favorite

I'm always pleased to read comments.....

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