Bearded Tits at Strumpshaw - Steve Moore-Vale Photography

10th October 2017

A friend of mine posted a few photos of Bearded Tits that he took at Strumpshaw Fen in Norfolk a little while ago. Whilst i have got some decent images of these birds they are not in a natural setting. They were being fed on a wooden boardwalk and that wasn't great photographically. I got eye level with them which helped but i still lacked that natural shot. So when this opportunity arose i took it.

I arrived at Strumpshaw just before 10am which in hindsight was a bit late. I had already researched where the birds could be found so when i arrived i headed straight there and was photographing them within the first two minutes. Brilliant start. It got better and better after that with the birds coming ever closer and the light improving drastically. 

I decided to use my Canon 7D2 and 100-400 II plus 1.4x III extender giving me 896mm to play with. The issue that arose from this was the fact that i was limited to center spot and compass focus point modes and autofocus slowed down a bit. This was a hindrance as it struggled to focus on a few occasions.  Another problem, although i didn't see it that way at the time, was that i am limited to a minimum of F8 with the converter on. I felt this would help give me greater depth of field but having reviewed the files i feel F8 was not enough as in some images the sharpness on the bird fell away very quickly.

However, i managed to get a set of images i am really happy with. Here they are.

Bearded Tit (Reedling) <br />
(Panurus biarmicus)<br />
RSPB Strumpshaw Fen<br />
Norfolk
Bearded Tit (Reedling) <br />
(Panurus biarmicus)<br />
RSPB Strumpshaw Fen<br />
Norfolk
Bearded Tit (Reedling) <br />
(Panurus biarmicus)<br />
RSPB Strumpshaw Fen<br />
Norfolk
Bearded Tit (Reedling) <br />
(Panurus biarmicus)<br />
RSPB Strumpshaw Fen<br />
Norfolk
Bearded Tit (Reedling) <br />
(Panurus biarmicus)<br />
RSPB Strumpshaw Fen<br />
Norfolk
Bearded Tit (Reedling) <br />
(Panurus biarmicus)<br />
RSPB Strumpshaw Fen<br />
Norfolk

Thanks for reading.

Catch you next time.