I had not planned on going out this morning as the wife was going to a boot fair and the kids were staying home with me but on the chance of a bargain, the girls decided they would go with their mum for a few hours. Well, this gave me the chance of a few hours out but I wasn't sure whether to go birding, butterflying or continue trying out the Sigma 150mm marco lens, I know now I should have probably gone birding as I didn't get far again with the lens testing and other than any butterflies and dragonflies that are prepared to sit and let me approach quite close, I think I'm still favouring the Canon f4 300mm lens. I tried this morning photographing Ladybirds with a tripod to get a decent image but after a while come to my senses and wondered what the heck I was doing wasting my time sitting on the floor when I could have been finding birds on the coast, it was nice however to see 4 Comma together. A call from the wife letting me know that Jasmine was bored and can I pick her up in a while had me driving over to East Blean Woods quickly again in the hope of finding some more Heath Fritillary caterpillars. I must have been so lucky yesterday as I searched and searched and saw none at all but was aware of a calling Lesser spotted Woodpecker nearby. I continued searching when I caught sight of a small bird fly into the tree above me. A quick look revealed the Woodpecker and a mad rush to change lenses to try to capture an image of it. What I didn't do as you can see is change the settings as I was shooting into the sun and I ended up with a couple of dodgy shots, still always nice to see a Lesser spot in my book.
Lesser spotted Woodpecker
With only a Peacock butterfly added I picked the daughter up and spent a few hours in the garden this afternoon looking skywards occasionally. A Common Buzzard was noted but unfortunately none of the Red Kites that seemed to have swarmed Kent today. A mixed morning in terms of results, I wonder what I could have found at Reculver early morning should I have turned up, the first Wheatear or Swallow flying by maybe. I'm not sure this macro lark is for me and time would be better spent birding. I shall wait for more butterflies and then dragonflies to emerge to give it some more thought but initial results with the butterflies suggest you just can't get too close without them flying away before any shots have been taken.