BIRDS IN FLIGHT, web 259 [v17.08, 3 additions]
It is not hard to imagine why photographers take great pleasure if they successfully capture birds in flight (BIFs as they are often known). All the more so when the end result is a nicely composed, pin sharp, photograph that portrays the grace of one of the scarcer species.
Many might agree that digital cameras have made a big difference to ordinary photographers like me. Nevertheless, disappointments and binned photos have been common. But as in other aspects of image capture, we sometimes get lucky. This gallery contains a selection of my 'BIFs' by species. The quality of the photographs varies and I shall continue to try to make improvements as well as adding new species.
The latest additions sometimes are of lesser quality than many of the original batch. Partly this is because I have come to the conclusion that I’m unlikely to be able to display in my lifetime decent images for the all BIF species in this gallery. And, as readers might suspect, I subscribe to the ‘record photo is better than no photo’ philosophy.
The extra info after some of the file names is part of my own photo management system. The info is usually obvious when seen with a thumbnail or larger. For example: [a] = adult, [f] = female, [i/j] = immature/juvenile, [m] = male, [dv] = in dark variant/morph, [pv] = pale variant/morph, [w] = winter, [s] = summer, [b] = breeding plumage.
PHOTOS ADDED  in v16.04 are of 4 new species (Little Grebe, Barn Owl, Stonechat and Sardinian Warbler) as well as 1 replacement (Whimbrel).
PHOTOS ADDED  in v16.05 are all new species namely: Crow, Hooded; Eagle, White-tailed; Fulmar; Merganser, Red-breasted; Pipit, Rock; Shag; and Warbler, Willow. All were taken on a trip to Mull, Scotland in May 2016.
PHOTOS ADDED  in v16.06 are female Marsh Harrier, male Lesser Kestrel and female Kentish Plover. All taken in Southern Portugal, June 2016.
PHOTOS ADDED  in v16.11 are Collared Dove, Moorhen & female Black-headed Weaver.
PHOTOS ADDED  in v17.01a are: Redwing, Stonechat (replacement), Dipper and juvenile Mute Swan.
PHOTOS ADDED  in v17.02 are: male, female and juvenile female (amending existing) Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit.
PHOTOS ADDED  in v17.02a are: replacements for existing Collared Dove and Blue Tit.
PHOTOS ADDED  in v17.08 are: juvenile Goldfinch, juvenile Little Bittern, and Black-headed Weaver.
Bittern, Little [f]
Bittern, Little [j]
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