Friday, 27 February 2009

A two day spell.

Two days in succession at Slimbridge this week saw two differing days. Day 1, Poor light, cold wind. not much seen. Day 2, better light, warmer, better photos.

Day one with Andy C, saw the Kingfishers at the new hide of the same name, but despite assurances from the staff at Slimbridge that it was going to be better for photo opportunities the Kingfishers are still too far away even for the 600mm lens with a 2x converter thereon.

No sign of the American Widgeon that has been given at the Lathbury hide, and we had left before the Spoonbill had come in.

The only thing worth photographing was this Great Crested Grebe.

Not in full breeding plumage yet and looking rather lost and forlorn especially out of the water.

Today, another trip hopefully to see the Spoonbill. Unfortunately it had disappeared 15 minutes before I got there. I joined up with Chris G, and we looked for the Wigeon. It was found but not at the Lathbury hide. It didn't come close enough for a photo but I can at least say I saw it.

The sun was out for the early part of the day and it gave some lovely opportunities for shots.
A Bewick swan.

A Shelduck in flight.

and coming in to land.

A lonely and sad looking Moorhen.
One of the most impressive sights of the day were a pair of Barnacle Geese fighting. The noise they were making was amazing and the scrap seemed quite intense it went on for quite a while.

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