Pauline say's: .... there I was working quietly away slaving over a hot keyboard when Ian yelled .... 'ON the LAWN! There's a Fieldfare on the lawn - eating the apple!' ... What?! A new bird for the garden list then!
We watched through binocs for a bit and when it continued to eat and then sit beside the half eaten apple - guarding it from any other comers, thoughts turned to cameras and how can we get this thro closed windows? Answer - easy - just shoot thro the glass and worry about how good the image is after! You are supposed to get as close to the glass as possible but the sink was in the way and the bird could see us, so too much movement from us might have put it off the necessary meal. So in the end it was shoot thro the double glazing and be damned! Ian ran upstairs to the back bedroom window and I stayed in the kitchen. Ian set up the tripod - I grabbed the nearest thing of the right height - an empty steel thermos drinks flask - and perched the 500 on it for a bit of stability - not the best of rests - a bit wobbly but far better than attempting hand held! I tried the 400 lens too and the 1.4 but the light and the glass meant it didn't give its best. The bird was still eating and resting so I swapped back to the 500 and the 1.4 and took some more.
The end results are not bad considering but I do wish I cleaned the windows more often ... not you understand cos I want to be a better housewife - no - more so that the next thing on the lawn provides a better image opportunity! You weren't thinking I was turning houseproud, were you?!!! Heavens above - No!!!
Oh and the 'jim'jams'? Well I was still in me night things (I'd had a shower!) but not needing to go anywhere why sit about dressed? And anyway its my kind of photography ... night things, dressing gown, cup of tea on hand, central heating on ... stuff like that! Whaddya mean 'wuzzy' since turning 60? I've stood for 8 hour stretches in the open corner of that barn owl field for weeks - it was my turn for a little home comfort opportunity!!