Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Wildlife Watching at a Distance

There are times when you’re out looking for wildlife, you know it’s there in the distance but it just doesn’t want to come your way. One way to get around this is to bring it to you..  Well electronically that is.

A few evenings back with my camera and long lens in hand I went to the small strip of woods at the end of my road where I set up on the edge of the field the adjoins the woodland. In the distance I could see a Roe Deer feeding along the tree line. This was a very open space and there was no easy way with kit in hand to approach the deer without the risk of scaring it off.

So with the telephoto lens at 400mm I switched to the 640x480 video crop mode (this gives a 7x magnification which adds up when you have a focal length of 400mm) where I managed to get some great footage of the Roe feeding.

The footage is a little grainy due to low light but clear enough to watch.
Watching the Roe through the view finder doesn’t substitute being close up but it was still a pleasant relaxing half hour wildlife watching...

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Roe Deer - Whiteley Woods Hampshire

An evening stroll through Whiteley Woods rewarded me with a Buck and Doe Roe deer sighting.
After a brief zone in I made my way along one of the wide paths between the woodland. There was a lot of movement and noise most of which were squirrels.. noisy little buggers. As I made my way along the path there were numerous tracks leading off into the woodland. Here I saw evidence of Fox, Deer and Rabbit. When I reached the watering hole I made myself comfortable and waited for the sun to go down. To my delight from one of the well used tracks a Buck and a Doe Roe came out of the woodland and across the track towards the watering hole. I managed to get some footage but some of the video is a little dark due to the falling light. It’s also a little shakey in places due to the fact that the midges were eating me alive....

As I type the swelling has now gone down after two days and all of the bites are becoming apparent and very itchy...