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Song Thrush in Yorkshire, UK

Posted 14/07/2022 - 15:44 Link
A beautiful bird I often used to see in my youth - a Song Thrush.
Now not so common methinks (or do I need to go to SpecSavers?).
Kettlewell churchyard, Upper Wharfdale, Yorkshire, England, UK.
It didn't lurk for long and hopped around hidden in the undergrowth and so this was the best snap that I could get.

K-3iii at 1/500th sec, f5.6, 85mm on 16-85mm Pentax lens, 1600 ISO - a RAW file processed with DX0 PureRaw2

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Posted 14/07/2022 - 15:51 - Helpful Comment Link
Good one.
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takuman
Posted 14/07/2022 - 15:54 - Helpful Comment Link
Well spotted and captured, can't remember last time I saw one. Sad, used to be common.
Just passing thru
Aitch53
Posted 14/07/2022 - 16:19 - Helpful Comment Link
takuman wrote:
Well spotted and captured, can't remember last time I saw one. Sad, used to be common.

True. We used to get a few Mistle thrushes hereabouts. Not seen any this year.
SteveH!

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I prefer 'unconventional'.
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Lubbyman
Posted 14/07/2022 - 18:41 - Helpful Comment Link
Nice to see a picture of a song thrush. Heard 'em but not seen 'em this year.

Steve
Posted 14/07/2022 - 19:20 Link
Lubbyman wrote:
Nice to see a picture of a song thrush. Heard 'em but not seen 'em this year.

Steve

Long-term monitoring carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology shows that the population in England declined by more than 50 per cent between 1970 and 1995. This decline was most pronounced on farmland, where the population decreased by about 70 per cent. Because of this decline, the song thrush is Amber listed as a bird of serious conservation concern. There has been a partial recovery in numbers during the last decade.
Grumpy GrandPa, Recently Retired.
Gotta K-3iii now, had a K-S2, K50 and so suffering from a relapse and so buying digital camera kit.
Previous addiction has resulted in using Zeniths, Yashicamat, Chinons, Minoltas, Samsungs, Fujis, Cosina, Kodak, Lumix, Canon, Nikon and Pentax etc etc - have tried most makes in the past 50 years. Love cameras - love taking photos even more
takuman
Posted 14/07/2022 - 20:20 - Helpful Comment Link
Knew had a photo of Song Thrush. Taken through window (laid up with snapped knee ligaments) 2nd March 2018. Last time I saw one. Comment Image
Just passing thru
takuman
Posted 15/07/2022 - 11:48 - Helpful Comment Link
Despite exif etc. I know my knee trouble was 2015/2016 when this was taken.
Just passing thru
Chrism8
Posted 15/07/2022 - 12:29 - Helpful Comment Link
Well spotted particularly in the tree / bush, it does look like your focus points were a tad off as the holly in front of the bird is sharper than the bird, I do find on my K3iii its quite easy to nudge the track ball and move the focus points.
Chris

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MrB
Posted 16/07/2022 - 04:31 - Helpful Comment Link
Chrism8 wrote:

...it does look like your focus points were a tad off as the holly in front of the bird is sharper than the bird...

Yes, it makes the song thrush look like a painting.

Philip
Posted 16/07/2022 - 15:31 Link
Chrism8 wrote:
Well spotted particularly in the tree / bush, it does look like your focus points were a tad off as the holly in front of the bird is sharper than the bird, I do find on my K3iii its quite easy to nudge the track ball and move the focus points.

Your constructive criticism is correct re the focus point.
Thanks for the reminder re the tracker ball.
To be honest - it was a grab shot. One of only two I was able to get before the lovely birdie flew off.
I usually do the grab shots first, then the proper photos but, as we all know, there are times when nature will not stay and co-operate/pose to our wishes!!!!

It's what real bird photographers call a RECORD SHOT
Grumpy GrandPa, Recently Retired.
Gotta K-3iii now, had a K-S2, K50 and so suffering from a relapse and so buying digital camera kit.
Previous addiction has resulted in using Zeniths, Yashicamat, Chinons, Minoltas, Samsungs, Fujis, Cosina, Kodak, Lumix, Canon, Nikon and Pentax etc etc - have tried most makes in the past 50 years. Love cameras - love taking photos even more
Edited by GrumpyGrandPa: 16/07/2022 - 15:36
LennyBloke
Posted 16/07/2022 - 17:52 - Helpful Comment Link
Lovely capture (regardless of slight oof) - and yes a much rarer sight than years gone by! I've seen one in last ten years in my garden
LennyBloke

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