Thanks to a birthday and a generous husband I have a new camera. The Nikon D750 comes with a 500-page manual. I am past page one, but only just, as I failed in my first attempt to attach the strap.
On the day after my birthday I rushed out to try the camera in Regent’s Park. I was hoping for golden autumn leaves on the trees, like the ones I captured on my phone for this blog in 2013. By the time I reached the park, rain was falling on me and on my camera bag, and the wind had knocked the leaves into the stream.
My enthusiasm wasn’t completely dented, so I took the train yesterday to hunt for autumn colours in Kew Gardens. I didn’t pick the best day. There was no rain, but not much light either. Still, the camera seems to cope better than I do with dull days.
Kew has a very big, very old, sweet chestnut tree, which shed its leaves when it saw me coming.
It all came good in the end. As I kicked my way through the leaves towards the edge of the park, I spotted something special among the fallen leaves, and I can confirm that the AUTO setting on the D750 knew exactly what I wanted to capture. Here is a sparrowhawk feeding on its prey (a pigeon, I think) in Kew Gardens.
Click here for a guide to identifying sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus) on the website of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
I will post more on this blog as I experiment with the camera. There are so many buttons that I’ll probably discover the “birds of prey on November afternoons” setting soon.