Somebody stopped by for breakfast two days ago, and we had one less Wood Pigeon in our garden. Wood Pigeons never appear ‘on guard’. Jackdaws, Crows, Blackbirds all take flight for the flimsiest of reasons. But Wood Pigeons waddle along, head to the ground, in blissful ignorance of any impending danger. And sadly, and this is not the only Pigeon in recent months, they pay the ultimate price.
I arrived downstairs, looked down the garden, saw the widely scattered feathers, and also the killer (probably a female Sparrowhawk), who was still enjoying a leisurely breakfast and continued to do so for the next half an hour. Despite the intermittent appearance of a noisy Magpie that walked round the raptor repeatedly demanding that he had a piece of the action – all to no avail.
There was time for me to have my own breakfast and then go upstairs, get out the 500mm Mirror Lens and shoot (photographically) our visitor from the Bathroom window. A full 45 yds distant (I paced it out), on a DX body mounted on a tripod (very unusual for me) the lens becomes 750mm, and what you see here is less than half the original image. click on either image to see a higher quality enlargement
Not every one knows what a Mirror Lens is; if you are one of those people then a much earlier post on this blog will help you learn more about this rather unusual long lens. Click here to read the post explaining all about them.