Thanks the Common Tern (I’ll take your word for it, I can recognise some birds but I’m far from an expert) is cropped (even with a 500mm lens) and was taken at Ranworth Broad in Norfolk. Its one of those hidden away little gems that is off the main tourist trail. They have a two storey hide/shop/snack bar at the edge of the broad, this shot was taken from one of the upstairs windows. It’s about a 20-30 minute walk from the free (well it was last time I was there) car park at the edge of Malthouse Broad.
The Sparrow was a grab shot at Maldon (on the Essex coast) from about 3m away according to the Exif data, the reeds are at the edge of a large wildlife pond with paths all around it and the birds appear to be fairly used to people passing by so you can get some pretty good close up shots even with a moderate lens (this is a cropped shot taken at 135mm).
We’re heading north this summer to York and plan a trip out to Dalby Forest drive, somewhere we’ve been before and when we were there we had all sorts of small birds (finches, sparrows and goodness knows what else) stealing crumbs from our picnic table whilst we were still eating, unfortunately I didn’t have my camera to hand, a truly cardinal sin for a keen photographer.
Thanks, the bee was the best shot out of a couple of dozen taken in the castle gardens in Bridgenorth in Shropshire, a place best know for being the north end of the Severn Valley Railway (a steam heritage line) and its funicular railway. I took this with a Sigma 150mm Macro lens that I’ve had a for a few years now and a great lens for these sort of shots, this particular shot is un-cropped & taken at 440mm according to the Exif data. This particular bush was covered in bees, a lot of the other people in the gardens seem to be avoiding it for some reason, don’t know why.