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No. 68, 13th April: Pied flycatcher and cherry blossom

Today I went looking for piedflycatchers and saw my first of the year! They have a very distinctive song, so I knew they were back before I saw them. I spent quite a while listening and watching, and eventually was rewarded with this perfectly perched bird and a well-timed burst of sunshine. To top it all off there was a blossoming cherry tree in the background! I particularly love the way the curve of the branch divides up the frame between the blossom and the bird.

As soon as I saw the piedflycatcher perched like this I could see what a satisfying image it would make, so I quickly fired off as many shots as I could. After it stayed perched there for a few seconds, I became more aware of my surroundings and noticed that if I crouched down slightly I could include some out-of-focus leaves in the foreground. These created the bursts of colour you can see across the centre of the frame which give it a particularly warm, spring-like glow.

Technical details: Canon 7D MKII + 100-400mm lens at 400mm; 1/2000 sec at f/5.6; ISO 400.


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