Welcome to another B&W Wednesday, the photograph this week of a Cabbage White butterfly. It was taken with a 150-600 mm telephoto lens. Using a telephoto lens allows you to stand well back from your subject, less chance of spooking them.
Shot in raw format and edited in LR with the final edit in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Photographed using a Nikon D7200,
Sigma 150-600 mm lens.
ISO: 400, f8 , 1/800 sec. Lens focal length 550 mm.
Portmore lough is in County Antrim here in the north of Ireland. It is one of the RSPB nature reserve’s I like to visit Portmore a few times a year. Spring time brings in the Common Tern to the nesting rafts on the lough and so on a hot sunny spring day ( note these are not words we use a lot in Ireland ) I arrive at the reserve. With only a few cars parked up it meant the hide by the lough would be quiet. The walk to the hide showed butterflies and damselflies were out, but a breeze blowing made closeups difficult.
Blue Damselfly. Getting a shot of this was hard work, even this one could have been sharper.
Yep it’s a red Damselfly. These seemed to land on the ground which helped with the wind, but hard on the knees.
Black-veined white butterfly. This one is a little battered, it was the only shot I got plus a workout. Then it was into the bird hide or bird blind depending when you are from. Two women were there and after a short update on what was seen I set up the camera. There are three nesting rafts and has well as Common Tern’s there was Blacked Gulls nesting.
A Common Tern bring in lunch. I sat and watched the coming and goings around the rafts for an hour. I find by spending time studying these birds, patterns arise. This helps to get photographs, so lets meet the Common Tern and Black Headed gull.
This photograph shows the Common Tern ( left) and the Black Headed Gull.
This gull is a young immature Black headed gull. On the way back to the car park I stopped close to the feeders and shot this Sparrow.
I believe this is a House sparrow. So it was back to the car and pack my gear away and the 40 minute drive home.