Feeding Frenzy by John Tilsley
Feeding Frenzy by John Tilsley

Canon EOS 50D with 70-300mm at f/29.0 1/10th second ISO 640 - The picture was taken late afternoon last January at the Welney Wetland and Wildlife Trust reserve. It was the swan feeding time but most of the Whooper swans were more interested in the rotting potatoes in another area. Instead, several hundred Pochard and Mallard dived for each scoop of grain thrown into the water. Trying to isolate a single bird was virtually impossible and the images lacked interest. Using a slow shutter speed and moving the camera produced a wonderful impression of the ‘every bird for themselves’ frenzy that was going on for ten minutes. It was just total movement in this wonderful late winter sun. It is still possible to identify the bird species by their jizz.

I really like the image because the use of a slow shutter speed and panning the camera emphasises the actions of feeding and flight which birds undertake in flocks and in unison. The beauty of the image relies on the wonderful late afternoon winter light and slow shutter speed.

Feeding Frenzy by John Tilsley

Canon EOS 50D with 70-300mm at f/29.0 1/10th second ISO 640 - The picture was taken late afternoon last January at the Welney Wetland and Wildlife Trust reserve. It was the swan feeding time but most of the Whooper swans were more interested in the rotting potatoes in another area. Instead, several hundred Pochard and Mallard dived for each scoop of grain thrown into the water. Trying to isolate a single bird was virtually impossible and the images lacked interest. Using a slow shutter speed and moving the camera produced a wonderful impression of the ‘every bird for themselves’ frenzy that was going on for ten minutes. It was just total movement in this wonderful late winter sun. It is still possible to identify the bird species by their jizz.

I really like the image because the use of a slow shutter speed and panning the camera emphasises the actions of feeding and flight which birds undertake in flocks and in unison. The beauty of the image relies on the wonderful late afternoon winter light and slow shutter speed.