A spot of birdwatching by a Scottish river! | Wildlife Photography Vlog #10


[rushing water] [music] Good morning everyone
and welcome to another wildlife photography vlog! I am down taking a stroll next to a
river with my camera, hoping to get some wildlife shots… as usual. It’s 10:30ish I think,
I’ve already been up for 5 1/2 hours because I took my boyfriend to the airport this morning,
and I thought, the weather’s…OK. It’s not the worst, we’ve had some terrible, kind of,
stormy, windy, rainy weather this week and I thought; it’s grey but it’s dry, the wind
isn’t too bad, I’m gonna go out with my camera, go down the river and see if I can see anything
worth photographing. So far I’ve seen what I think were two cormorants, although they
looked weird, like… I have my ID book with me but my father… who is big on birdwatching
who tagged along with me… took the book away with him. I think they were cormorants,
although they had a big white belly. Which I don’t think I’ve seen in a cormorant before.
Y’know I might be wrong, I’m not an expert as I want to try and get across on my channel
more often; I’m not an expert! I’m an amateur, beginner, novice. Whatever you want to call
it. Anyway! I’ve brought my camera down to the river hoping to get some shots to show
you guys. As usual I’m using my Canon EOS 80D, and I’ve got attached to it my Sigma
150-600mm Contemporary lens – that’s a mouth full. Yeah… Let’s see if we can see anything!
As you can maybe see… I’ve already been down in the mud, trying to get pictures. I
think I just saw a little grebe… Just dipping under the water… Let me see… It definitely
is! Let’s see if I can… photograph this wee guy. The thing about little grebes and
other little birds like them; is that they are brilliant divers and they love to dive,
so it’s, as soon as you manage to find the little guy through your lens he’s just like:
PEACE! And he just dives under the water, and he’ll be under there for like a good,
what seems like a minute but it really can’t be. And he’ll come up somewhere completely
different so then you’re trying to like… so, I think I got the best shot that I possibly
could out of his evasiveness. What I think is very striking about this river now,
is that, rivers like this are usually amazing places to see wildlife, you see all sorts
of waterfowl. Especially during the winter because the UK just becomes home to so many
migratory birds during the winter. Mostly like waterfowl. What’s kind of striking is
how empty this river is of wildlife, how kind of devoid it is at the moment.And my dad has
said that he’s noticed the difference, y’know this place used to be like one of my dad’s
childhood haunts and while that was a long, long time ago, he said that this place used
to have loads of kingfishers, and used to be crawling with mute swans, and herons, and
everything. And now, y’know, so far we’ve seen some little grebes, cormorants, and a-
one heron. And he kind of just said, “where is everybody?” Y’know you can see numbers
on a chart, and you can see the IUCN’s, y’know, endangered list and stuff but when you actually
compare… like for someone like my dad who can compare his childhood coming here and
seeing all sorts of bird-life, to now, the difference is… sad. It’s sad. I’m gonna
try and stand up now because I’m getting a bit sore and stiff. I’m only 24. I also don’t
think I have any good photographs to shout about. I usually count a “good” photograph
if it’s like “oh yeah, I can use that in the thumbnail” or “I’ll definitely put that on
my insta” – which, by the way, follow my insta! [laughs] Anyway! My hand’s getting sore carrying
both cameras… Should see my guns though….. no. It’s starting to rain so I’ve put my camera
away for, hopefully until it goes off. ‘Cause I got in a little bit of trouble for the last
video for getting my camera and my lens so wet, so, I’ve put it away. But yeah, you can
always count on some gulls showing up for you to photograph. And I think I got quite
a decent one of them. So… [laughs] Sorry if you’re not able to hear me super well because
the river is at low-tide, as you can see we have some pretty impressive rapids and the
current is crazy. So, sorry if you can’t hear me. I’ve seen a few more things, seen a goldeneye
and what I think is a goosander (it wasn’t) although if it’s not that is gonna become
a recurring joke on this channel, is me thinking that something is a goosander and it not being.
I didn’t get good pictures of them but I will show them just to prove that I saw something
else. I also just want to say a quick thanks to everyone who has been asking me about how
I’m getting on with my new lens, either in the comments of my videos, or on Instagram,
and even on Twitter. Like that’s been so heartwarming and that’s like so sweet to me that you guys
genuinely interested. I also wanna say thanks as well for the constructive criticism I’ve
had about the lens. Like ’cause there’s some teething issues, it’s a new lens. I’m still,
y’know, figuring things out. So, yeah, so I just wanna say thanks about that. Just if…
yeah… what am I… what am I saying… I dunno. Y’know while I didn’t see all of the
wildlife that I maybe expected or that I wanted to, it was still really nice to walk along
the river and see what I did see. And, y’know, it’s not like… I’m not miles out of the
way, I’m right next to like a major… major town?… a relatively… not small town…
So y’know this is very near civilisation, y’know I’m not out in the Scottish Highlands
right now, I’m not in the middle of nowhere. And these sorts of places need to be protected
just as much as… the Scottish Highlands, and places that are like big scientific sites
of interest. Y’know there is wildlife that still lives on this river and while it’s not
as much as it used to be… I don’t know where I was going with this, I think I was trying
to be deep. But, I’m tired and [laughs] I think I will go home and take a little nap
before I have a look at my pictures so I will end the vlog here; thank you so much for watching,
I hope you enjoyed and I will maybe see you next time. Bye!

11 thoughts on “A spot of birdwatching by a Scottish river! | Wildlife Photography Vlog #10

  1. The shots in this were not anywhere close to my best (a lot of them kinda sucked lol), but something I want to address fully at some point is that I don’t make these videos claiming to be a pro wildlife photographer (quite the opposite) or trying to give you guys tips (since y’know I’m a beginner). I make these videos because I genuinely love learning all about wildlife photography, and I love to share the wildlife I see with you guys. So please keep that in mind when commenting or leaving constructive criticism, I’m happy (and very eager) to learn. Thanks for understanding, and thanks for watching!! 📸💕

  2. i looked at your photo , its a Female Red-breasted Merganser . so you were close .

  3. I noticed that the a lot of the birds were a bit blurry in the beginning, but then later there were some that were pretty sharp. Without knowing if you changed your settings, my guess is that you may need a faster shutter speed for the birds that were on the water. I think the waves may have been causing them to move/jitter a lot more than those that were standing or even flying. Granted, that may make the shots darker. But you may be able to bring the exposure up when editing… with hopefully better results. If the water was calmer, it may not have been as much of an issue. Keep up the great work!

  4. I think you're enthusiasm is great, keep up the good work! If you're not doing it already, I would suggest putting your camera on manual with auto-ISO. Choose your aperture and shutter speed and let the camera work out the ISO. You'll probably choose the biggest aperture so you only really change shutter speed. You can't do anything with a blurry image but you can take out noise with programs like Topaz Denoise AI. All the best.

  5. Hi just want to say thank you I’m just beginning wildlife photography and have been looking at getting a better lens and if it wasn’t for your video On your new lens I would have made a mistake in the lens I was going to buy.
    After seeing your video I researched your lens and realised that for the money I was going to spend I could get a more suitable lens for wildlife at my budget I bought the sigma 150-500 as that suited me I also go it from MPB and only heard about them from you so thanks.
    As I said the lens came today so I’ve not got out with yet but I am impressed also the weight of it 😱 so I can only imagine the weight of yours I think I’ll invest in a shoulder strap lol.
    Once again thank you keep up the videos really enjoying them 👍🏻.

  6. Hi. I watched 2 videos from your channel and they are good. Hoping to watch other. I am also an amateur hoping to learn from you. from the Philippines

  7. Entertaining again. That lens need's light to perform at it's best, we use iso 800 on dull day's, shoot wide open with single point auto focus on the subject for wildlife. Control the light with the shutter speed. Hope that help's.

  8. Hi…. As you have an amazing 80D and 150 600 lens, why don't you try some wild life safari trips… I mean, instead of birds, try tigers, lions. E.t.c… These are my favorite places… 1. Masai Mara Kenya.. 2.Ranthambore national park India… 😀😀👍

  9. Glad to see your enjoying your photography even on these full days of winter & I'm sure once spring arrives and the wildlife is more abundant & the light is generally better it'll be then that you get to see the best of that lens,I must admit I'm quite envious haha..I think I am going to have to rob my piggy bank and get myself one purchased too 😁

  10. I also have he Sigma 150-600mm C albeit I use it on a Nikon. A couple oth things I have found that you might want to try:

    i) I find a monopod helps with this lens. Not only does it improve stability but makes it easier to hold the camera while zooming and actuating the shutter.
    ii) you might like to try back button focusing. This separates focusing from activation of the shutter button and can make it easier to maintain focus while taking a series of images. (this is like marmite – some love it some hate it)
    iii) use auto iso and set your shutter speed and aperture manually. In low light the lens will probably need to be wide open, a bit of experiment will tell you the lowest shutter speed you can get away with (probably around 1/200 – 1/500 with IS and a monopod at 600mm) set these and leave the camera to adjust the exposure by adjusting the iso. This way you should get the best chance of a sharp shot but if the light is too low the high iso that will result may cause excessive noise.
    iv) Take a short burst off shots not just 1. This improves your chances of getting at least one sharp frame.

    Steve Perry Backcounntry Gallery (https://www.youtube.com/user/backcountrygallery) has some good videos on wildlife photography techniques.

    Good Luck!

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