Apologies for not posting in a little while, as is usual these days, I have been busy busy busy finishing up all my projects for my second year degree! However, very recently I have been over the moon to have finally saved up enough money to buy myself a new lens, the Sigma 50-500mm. To celebrate and to put it through it's paces I took a trip to WWT's Slimbridge in Gloucester.
I found the lens to have ultra quick focusing which locked onto the subject very well and only really struggled when the subject had too similar tone and contrast to the background. The only drawback I have found so far is that this is not a fast lens. I knew this when I bought it and it's for this reason I could afford it so I wasn't shocked or disappointed, especially as it works extremely well on my Nikon D300s and with today's noise reduction systems, it is barely a problem!
Below are just a couple images from the day.
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I mentioned The Great Crane Project earlier and thought I would share a little more. The project was to try and reintroduce the common crane back into the UK after it became extinct from our wetlands hundreds of years ago. There are now about 52 cranes back on the Somerset Levels and several based at Slimbridge where they are being monitored at all times and should hopefully be breeding in this country again very soon.
I have taken a great interest in this whole endeavour and am intrigued by the process of bringing the eggs over from Germany and then the incredible work that Slimbridge staff do to raise them before releasing them onto the Somerset Levels.
During my final year at University I have decided to base my major project on a small percentage of the conservation and protection of wildlife in the UK as well as the introduction of species and their effects. I am hoping to document part of the process of The Great Crane Project as part of this project as well looking into the fight between red and grey squirrels in the Highlands of Scotland, the morals and ethics of feeding wild Red Kites in Wales and the danger Peregrine Falcons face because of their liking for racing pigeons!
I will try and keep this blog updated as I go along and I am very excited to get started so I hope you will enjoy the images as much as I will enjoy taking them!