wild life

Inspired camera testing.

I recently purchased a Canon G5x because I am a canon user and I wanted something small that I can carry around and not look as obvious as I do with the Canon 6d.

I want to do a street photography project and I was kind of hoping that this small powershot camera would be a good allrounder.

I am just getting used to it and I decided to get some of those wildlife shots that I see on Sylvia’s blog  Anotherday2paradise. Although being in London I would obviously not expect to shoot anything as exotic as the beasties that she has in her back yard.

One of the things that attracted me to the G5X is the feel and look of the camera. Very comfortable to hold, easy to carry, discreet and not too dissimilar to the dslr that I use.


Testing autofocus on the Canon power shot G5X.

I’m finding that the auto focus has a bit of a tendency to focus on the background regardless of selecting an area to focus. But with some perseverance the intended shot can be obtained. Fortunately the Robin’s in Kensington Gardens are not shy and do not flit about as much as they do in other areas.


Testing autofocus on the Canon power shot G5X.

I was able to obtain a nice depth of field that separates the Robin from the background but this took some time and could have easily been missed if the Robin was not so bold.


The Swan. Canon G5x test

I would have like this image to be a bit sharper and will suggest that this may actually be user error, because I had the camera set to single-shot auto focus rather than al-servo.

However, the swan was nice and still in the next image and again the camera appears to struggle with a subject that is close to the lens and appears to be looking to select the background.


Swan head..Testing autofocus on the Canon power shot G5X.


Duck. Canon G5X test shoot.

This photo of the duck and the next image of the heron show that the G5X is capable of producing nice images when the subject has some separation from the lens and is reasonably still.


Testing autofocus on the Canon power shot G5X.

I am not sure if the obstacles I have faced with this camera are down to user error or an higher expectation of the product.

Although I am happy with most of the images I have taken so far, at this time I would not recommend this camera to a friend or family member.  However, I will continue with the G5X and show the results.

Thank you for stopping, reading & even having a peek at the images.

Please feel free to click like or comment but do try to be constructive as this is not only helpful for me, but also anyone else that finds my photo blog diary thingy….

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James

Ps. I am not paid by canon or their competitors to carry out any reviews. My comments are based on my experience and if you would like to see fuller reviews by experienced reviewers, use google, bing or any other search engine to seek them out.


More bird trouble :(

After getting very excited about the window box nest and getting concerned about not wanting to disturb the mum to be (see previous blog post).

I got home this evening at about 21:00hrs and the plants in the window box have been disturbed. Its dark, cold and raining….. Mum to be, is not in her nest & two of the three eggs have gone.

The nest is intact and the egg that remains does not appear to be damaged. We do have some aggressive crows that in the past I have seen hunting new fledglings but now I wonder if they or the magpies have been at the nest.

Did mum to be see the nest being attacked, did she have a chance to try and fend off the egg predator, did she get injured or did she come back and find that two eggs were missing?

As she is not in her nest now, I’m guessing there is not much hope for the remaining egg.

The above shows how uneducated I am in matters of wildlife and anything even remotely related to ornithology.

I am very disappointed and surprised at how gutted I feel.

I guess thats life!

Actually is mum likely to come back and lay further eggs?

If so, is there anything we can do to protect the nest??

Kind regards, Jim…..

Bird Trouble!

‘Bird Trouble’…… If you hear that in London it would usually refer to the fairer sex causing grief, nagging, getting herself pregnant and such like.

The other side to this of course is that the bloke has usually screwed up!
Thats right, its always the fellas fault!!

Apparently the sooner we learn that and just say ‘Yes Dear’, the happier we will be…. Actually, on second thoughts saying ‘yes dear’ probably would not be the best response to any given situation.

So if you have landed on this page looking for advice cos you have genuine bird trouble….. go seek the advice from one of those agony aunt people or take a mate down the pub and chew on their ear. I am most definitely not the person to give advice on bird trouble.

Fortunately my bird trouble is that of the feathered variety and therefore less complex…. A lot less complex!

I arrived home from Germany and found a surprise in my window box:


Focusing is slightly out as I wanted to be quick and not prevent mum from returning to the nest. Image taken with Canon G5X.

I looked on line to see what birds lay these beautiful blue eggs. It seems that a number of birds that nest in trees can have a range of colour pigmentation in the shell.

We don’t see many sparrows in London these days. I vaguely remember reading something about this being down to the Italians catching them in huge nets and eating them in their thousands. Well, a mix of that and people paving/tarmacking over their front gardens in order to have off road parking.

Good for their insurance but shite for the environment. There is even a suggestion that this is partly responsible for some floods we see in the city. The suggestion being that with the missing front gardens, rain water is not absorbed into the ground and only has one place to go; our old victorian sewage network.

Anyway that is taking me way way way off topic……

Sparrows were common in London. Now they are not. What ever the cause in their decline I personally miss the sight of these little birds flittering and hoping around. Maybe thats why Berlin feels familiar with their playful sparrows fluttering about.

Maybe our dwindling numbers was down to the Italians? I’m sure someone will fill in the gaps or call me anti-Italian. Don’t bother, as it is not true and it will fall on death ears…


House sparrow once a very common site in London. ©2016 Jim Jimmy James – Canon G5X

I’d like to think this little chap or girlie at Berlin-Schönefeld Flughafen heard our London accents and felt a natural affinity to come and stand near us. They are after all cockney sparras (Not to be mixed up with the excellent but not so fluffy band called Cock Sparrer).

So……. one nest and one blue egg. Looking online suggested that city birds have fewer clutches of eggs. Okay so this little bird, what ever it is, will be having one chick. Thats a good thing as it will be less noisy.

I could have just got rid of the nest….. Yes its illegal but who would have known?!!

However, I’m not that way inclined and truth be told, although not having full use of my balcony will be a little inconvenient for four, five, maybe six weeks, I’m kind of looking forward to seeing these chicks hatch and grow.

Chicks! Chicks! Those of you paying attention will have noted I said there was one egg. In deed in the photograph there is one egg.

That was until mum popped another two out.


© 2016 Jim Jimmy James

Its kind of exciting and I feel like I am about to become a proud father.

Here is the sad part…… Its not a sparrow! Sparrer or even a Cockney Sparra.


Mum to be…

Why am I even blogging about this… Here is the thing; I need some advice… You see, the way it starts it sounds just like real bird trouble… but its different..

Can anyone answer the following please:

What type of bird is this?

How long before the eggs hatch?

How long will the chicks be in the nest?

Once they fly off are they done with the nest or will they return for a safe place for short period?

Should we leave some food out?
My concern is that it might attract other birds or potential predators?? Maybe even Italians! [I’m kidding!]

If we should leave out some food, what should it be?

If we put out a bird bath with water  will that attract birds that may cause harm to the eggs/chicks?

Can we still use the balcony to dry laundry or should we stay away completely?

I would like to take photos as the chicks grow and develop. So how long will mum be away and will popping out to grab quick shots cause any issues?

If there are any of those Ornithologist types or twitchers that can offer some advice on my kind of bird trouble, it would be very much appreciated.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James…………………………… UPDATE