Stay at home
- Aug 16, 2012
Now, for those who thought it was a typo and were hoping to see photos of those guardians of the Tower of London, I am afraid you will be disappointed. The European Bee-eater is an extremely rare visitor to the UK but this summer a flock of 8 has taken up residence in Norfolk and are breeding in two nests. So my wife and I have just stayed for 3 days there and have taken a 1000 or more images. They were mainly about 80m away, sometimes as close as 60m and as far as about 120m. These are smallish birds, about 27-30cm long and so were a challenge and opportunity to test the R5 and R7 with the RF 100-500mm and RF 800 f/11 with TCs. I even packed a Gitzo Traveller tripod, which is very rare for me. I was not expecting any great images - I have many shots of close-ups of Bee-eaters in Asia and Africa - but it was for the record of seeing them here, albeit at a great distance. As far as gear goes, the R7 coupled to the RF 800 f/11 hand held proved the most useful kit.