A Few Random Pics From The Garden

#44
There are a couple of exceptions (eg. the jay was taken before I got these lenses) but nearly all of these photos have been taken with Sigma zoom lenses, one is 50-200 zoom and the other 70-300 zoom. For many of the shots (including the macro ones - the larger lens does do macro but only in the 200-300mm range), the zoom has been near it's maximum. I've also cropped a number of the images a fair bit to show the picture I wanted.

Overall then, I guess I might not be as close as you might have been thinking. That said, the distance between the window over our kitcken sink and that set of bird tables (where squirrel #2 is) is only about 1.2m/4' so, in that location, I can often (it does depend a bit on the creature too) get what I'd think of as very close to birds and mammals.

For the shots of the insects, the closest that zoom lens will focus at is around 0.95m /3'1"
 
#47
I know what you mean but with that one I'd have been a bit further away as I'd forgot about the macro switch on the lens (I must admit I'm not sure why it's there but you can limit how close the lens will focus by having the switch set at "normal"). About 1.5m/4.9' would have been as close as I'd have got. Here (I think - I had a few tries and can't be 100% sure) is the actual photo as I took it.
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#48
I know what you mean but with that one I'd have been a bit further away as I'd forgot about the macro switch on the lens (I must admit I'm not sure why it's there but you can limit how close the lens will focus by having the switch set at "normal"). About 1.5m/4.9' would have been as close as I'd have got. Here (I think - I had a few tries and can't be 100% sure) is the actual photo as I took it.
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Another good one.

I guess, as much as the nearness of the camera disturbing them, it could be the click of the button on the camera...
 
#49
I've finally got some pictures of a magpie. They are very wary round here (probably as farmers do shoot them) and even small movements put them off. I've tried using a tripod and remote control for these.

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I'd not realised the way they stuff their beaks before:

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#55

Great Spotted Woodpecker. They are around all the while but they are rare visitors to our garden and this is the first chance I've had to get a couple of quick snapshots at one.