2012 hasn't really got going in terms of Wildlife Photography for me, January was made up of many sporadic local trips resulting in hardly any images worth keeping let alone blogging. The first month of the year was a mixture of bad weather, bad light and myself not managing to find any real subjects to concentrate on so i put it behind me and on February 1st i took a trip to London with 3 targets in mind....Heron's collecting nesting material, Starlings bathing and images of Jays. The Jays were the biggest success of the day, there is at least 2 pairs in Hyde Park (probably lots more) and a few individuals have become accustomed to people and the food that is put out for them. They are still rather shy and take fleeting opportunities to grab the food before taking it well out of sight to eat but with a little patience you can take some really nice images of them in natural surroundings despite being in an busy inner city park.
I now use the Nikon 200-400 VRII lens and am very happy with it, with 400mm at F4 it works a treat and even with the 1.4 TC on to give me 550mm i am still happy with both the sharpness and autofocus speed. Here are some Jay images all taken using the lens and more from London will come soon. I should have a brand new website soon and have a number of specific "projects" this year to keep me focused so keep checking back! Cheers!