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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Irritation, Patience and Last year's photos.

On Thursday I called Halls Cameras in Dublin, to see what the update is with my camera. It had been a week since I had sent an email with my card details so that Panasonic could get paid and go ahead with the repair. I was stunned to learn that they were still waiting for the money to be paid! A very sick feeling started brewing in the pit of my stomach, and it was a pity that I was 6 hours from Dublin, because I was very angry.
I had been asked to send this email with these card details and now I get a whole speech on why these details are useless. He might have asked for the three digit security code on the back of the card, but the 'card reader' in the shop had no facility to enter these. Thus, it was declined by the bank.
Anyway, I raided my house yesterday and although I had written out a cheque already, I then realised that Panasonic might not start any work until this was cleared with the bank. So I sent a postal order in the end. With a letter for not only an explanation but also for more details on the Panasonic tele lens, adapter and polarizing filter. Panasonic makes separate models for each Lumix model, apparently.
So here is those for the Lumix DMC-FZ18 including of lens and adapter onto the camera.
And another
Problem is of course, that my camera's slim 350gram will increase to a weight too heavy for my single hand probably. Yet I am seriously thinking about obtaining the lens. Am I mad? Buying something before trying it out? You see, a tripod is simply out of the question. There is no way that I can transport one from A-Z, and certainly no way I'd be able to set it up by myself. And by that time the Bird will have flownn, if not scared away by my many awkward and scary movements with my arm. No, I think I might follow up the advice of a friend at one of the birding forums, Rolf who had suggested a beanbag already by the time I bought my camera in December 2007. I think I might need to talk with my OH first before I start spending our money which we do not really have. Yes, I know, I only order once I know I'm getting my camera back.

I've been trying to start organising my pictures. And will post some of them now and then. Being taken before I started this blog, they won't overlap.

So here's a few from the archives..
These two Tits were taken in the first week of April 2008.
Coal Tit, (Parus Ater (Hibernicus))

Blue Tit (Parus Caeruleus)

One of the Jackdaws, (Corvus monedula) born in summer 2007, and one of the flock on our estate.

Head of the tribe of Jackdaws, or at least very high status. (as you can see at his/her "wig" which suggests this Jackdaw is of high standing indeed. Also taken last April,

Rook, (Corvus frigileus,)

And one of my favourite spring blossom, is Blackthorn, or Sloe. (Prinus spinosa)


  1. How frustrating for you Yoke with payments not going through properly. Fingers crossed it will be sortede soon.

    Some great pictures - I really like the Blue Tit with a beakful of seed!

  2. Thanks, Tricia. Tomorrow they should have it in Dublin
    (Eire does not have deliveries on Saturdays, apart from the Christmas in period)

    I can get really annoyed by people behaving like this.

  3. hair pulling out moment.

    love the blue tit pic

  4. gosh, I hope you get things sorted out soon, these are lovely photos too, specially the bluetit, what a lovely portrait!

  5. Great pictures! I especially love the Blue Tit one. Good luck with your camera and I hope you get it back soon.

  6. It is great going through the old pictures again and see the progress I made from IA to Aperture Priority.

    Blue Tits can be such brilliant subjects; I always think they are lovely characters. It is hard to get a BT photo which doesn't make you smile.

  7. Love the pictures...all of them.

  8. Thanks, Crow.

    You end up with so many pictures, that you can only opst a certain percentage. So it is nice to get this time without shooting new ones every day.


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