I took 116 photos in about an hour and a half but have to say they were all a bit of a disappointment. Different settings, I tried the lot, but conclude that basically on full 26x zoom it'll be a struggle to get anything pin sharp hand-held, though to be fair, most of these were of birds soaring at great height in the late morning heat.
I'll have another go on a lesser zoom and see what happens, meanwhile here's a few more from yesterday just to show the different birds coming over in the session.
No, it's Raggy-tail the kestrel come to visit me from Far Pasture
|A bit of tangling|
|A low pass from a kite|
|Three kites a-chasing before the 'grappling' incident|
|First Buzzard of the day, quite a pale one|
|Way up high - A couple of sparrowhawks|
|Spughawk and Buzzard|
|Red Kite and Buzzard|
Would have been a corker if I could have got the kite in focus
|A different buzzard|
|A raggy buzzard|
|The energetic pair of kites still frolicking|
|And a much darker buzzard to finish|
In the time I was watching the skies were never empty, mainly because of the local pair of kites chasing non-stop through the morning. Most kites seen at any one time was six, though with all the individuals passing over I can't be definite on how many different birds were seen.
Buzzards totalled five, and two sparrowhawks and a kestrel. Great entertainment.