Garth Peacock
Burwell Fen Cambridgeshire

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Tuesday 8th September 2020

The last few days of August

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Recognition at last!!!

Wednesday 19th August 2020

The last couple of weeks

Monday 27th July 2020

A disappointing day.

Monday 6th July 2020

Another week goes by!!!

Monday 1st June 2020

Lockdown continues.

Saturday 16th May 2020

April lockdown

Thursday 30th April 2020

Local bird photography

Monday 20th April 2020

House-bound!!!

Friday 3rd April 2020

Could be the last one for a while.

Wednesday 18th March 2020

We are into March already

Monday 9th March 2020

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Thursday 20th February 2020

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Wednesday 19th February 2020

To end January 2020...

Thursday 30th January 2020

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Tuesday 25th November 2014

 A few days ago, with Short-eared Owls showing well at mearby Burwell Fen, part of the National Trust's Wicken Fen, I went and drew a complete blank. Any Owls were much too distant and the light made a premature exit.

Yesterday, I paid a repeat visit with a sunny afternoon forecast. This place is very populat - there must have been 10/12 photographers there all patiently waiting. A couple of Short-eared Owls had made an appearance before I arrived at around 1.30pm but must have caught their lunch and settled down for a rest.

Finally, a couple made a distant show, one being mobbed by the usual Crow

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but none came close enough for better images. Burwell Fen is large and where to stand for the best shots is pot luck. I took the rough road to the middle of the fen but hesitate to recommend anyone taking that route without a 4x4 ground clearance.

Then behind where I was standing, a ringtail Hen Harrier started to quarter the field

Still more distant than I would have liked but the 7D MK2 easily held focus on the flying bird.

Later on, after an hour or so of nothing, the same (or possibly another) made an appearance in the field in front of me

Once again, the 7D MK2 held focus brilliantly and out of a total of 98 flight shots taken, 92 were in focus and 88 were sharp - an excellent result for my level of flight shot expertise!!

Finally a shot I could not resist. In an adjacent field was a herd of Konic ponies and a flock oF Starlings decended to feed, just as the sun was setting, some using the ponies as look-out posts. The Konics totally ignored them.

Once again, many of these photographs would now have been possible with my old 7D, neither with the 5D MK3 - that is the test for me and the 7D MK2 has passed with flying colours.