Gazing at agricultural rubbish on the western edges of Tealham Moor, and loving it, loving the real, bare, unembroidered, what-you-see-is-what-you-get nature and feel of the place – when a male Blackbird appeared on top of a hedge and looked at me.  Well, this is the breeding season and the fierce and fiery hormones of territoriality were coursing through his veins.  He was disinclined to move – I was on his territory, and that was that.

The new Z 6 was in my hand, with the lens I’m married to – the 70-300 zoom – attached, and it was the work of an instant to change the camera to APS-C format – so that my telephoto expanded from 300mm to a more far reaching 450mm – and, very carefully and slowly, I raised the camera to my eye.  The light was dreadful and I needed a high shutter speed to ensure sharpness at the x9 telephoto magnification, and so to wide open at 1/1600th and 3200 ISO – and to very gently squeezing the trigger.  This is a cropped version of one of the photos – 1521×1079 pixels.

Here he is.  The Z 6’s shutter is not loud, and very carefully I took a series of shots, he and I both like statues, eyeing each other.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further – recommended.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens used in APS-C format at 450mm; Lightroom, using the Camera Neutral V2 picture control; Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 12 Apr 2019.




About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

14 Responses to BIRDS 109 – MALE BLACKBIRD

  1. Great shot! The stillness and the color are wonderful. THANK YOU for featuring my photo “Angles and Intersecting Planes” on your Images I’ve Liked Recently. 😀


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad this gets to you, Hannah – thank you! And zebras are a part of my past – I used to lead wildlife safaris is Kenya – Common and Grevy’s Zebras were there! 🙂

      And its a pleasure to feature your image: I look through WordPress’s Discover facility every other day, looking for good images – I think it important to give other bloggers’ work more exposure. Keep on keeping on!!! Adrian 🙂

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  2. Sallyann says:

    We seem to have a pair of blackbirds nesting nearby, they fly down onto my newly created lawn and stamp around, I’m guessing to pursuad the worms it’s safe to come out in the rain. 😊


  3. Meanderer says:

    Beautiful portrait! Love blackbirds. Not as many here as there were where we used to live.


  4. What a coup! Hand-held, and in focus at 450 mm: Wow. Congratulations, Adrian.

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  5. paula graham says:

    I sense you are lyrical through your joy with this camera and rightly so.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Ah, feminine intuition and – no surprise! – you’re absolutely right. It would not be overstating things to say that I’m quite excited by this camera – I think both in terms of finding out what its capable of and – possibly more so – by the awareness of having an apparently highly creative tool in my hands. In a very subtle way, I already have the impression that its changing / rejuvenating my photography. LOL!!! >>> as always, we shall see! 🙂


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